Lakeridge girls swimmers win, boys fall vs. Newberg
It's getting real now for the Lakeridge swim teams.
With just Thursday's regular-season finale against Lake Oswego left before the Three Rivers League district meet, the Pacers are fine-tuning their lineup and getting ready for the biggest contests of the year.
Lakeridge took the latest step in that progression last week when they battled Newberg at Chehalem Aquatic Center on Jan. 25, the Pacer girls winning 100-69 and the Lakeridge boys falling 98-71.
"On the girls side of things, this was another great step toward districts. We really are swimming well and right on schedule to be at our absolute best by the TRL district meet," said Lakeridge coach Derek Abbott. "On the boys side, we knew that we were going to have a battle on our hands, (and) sure enough, even after the first few events, we could see that Newberg had a really good and talented squad."
With the win, the Lakeridge girls improved to 5-1-1 in Three Rivers action while the Pacer boys fell to 4-2. Next up, Lakeridge will face off against Lake Oswego at 5 p.m. Thursday at Lake Oswego District Pool.
It wasn't quite a sweep, but the Lakeridge girls ripped off wins in nine of the meet's 11 events against Newberg, finished second in four and third in another six to leave the Tigers behind.
"I'm not only excited for the (club kids) that we see winning races every week, but for the other girls that are securing the other places," Abbott said, complimenting the efforts of Skye Buck, Nicole Gooding, Veronica Hansen, Amy Frinell, Ava Eucker, Abby Debrine and Angel Soderquist. "These girls are consistently scoring points and helping tip the scores well into our favor."
The Pacers battled past the Tigers in impressive fashion, sweeping first place in all three relay events and winning six of eight individual races, with junior Ellie Jew winning two events and swimming on two winning relays, and senior Mara Newman winning her lone individual event and swimming on all three winning Pacer relays.
Jew did her part in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke, winning the free with a time of 53.22 seconds and coming back to take the breaststroke at 1:06.89 — nearly eight seconds ahead of Newberg's runner-up.
Newman scored in the 50 freestyle with a 24.04 to edge Newberg's Tina Childress (24.46). Other Pacer individual winners included: senior Brynne O'Shea in the 200 freestyle at 2:09.10; senior Katie Manzione in the 200 individual medley with a 2:20.16; and sophomore Adelaide Foden-Vencil in the 500 free at 5:47.62.
Runner-up finishers for the Pacers were Hansen in the 200 IM, Buck in the 100 butterfly and O'Shea in the 100 back.
In the 200 medley relay, O'Shea, Jew, Newman and Buck won with a time of 1:53.32. In the 200 free relay, Newman, Buck, Manzione and Jew were first at 1:41.74. And in the 400 free relay, O'Shea, Buck, Manzione and Newman posted a 3:49.46 to win.
For Newberg, Nikki Rubottom won the butterfly at 1:05.63, and Stella Byles topped the backstroke at 1:03.58.
In the boys meet, the Pacers finished first in six of the meet's 11 events, but saw the Tigers pile up points with nine runner-up finishes and another seven thirds to pull away.
"Our boys fought hard and stayed in the meet," Abbott said. "I like the fight I saw in the guys."
The Pacers were led in the meet by senior Matt McComish and sophomore Jay Heymann, who won two individual events each and also swam on two runner-up relays.
McComish came through to win the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.31 (to beat Newberg's runner-up by more than five seconds), and later, took top honors in the 100 backstroke at 59.18.
Heymann, meanwhile, set the pace in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.26 and also placed first in the 500 free with a mark of 5:17.18.
Also winning races for Lakeridge were junior Grant Lautze in the 200 IM at 2:12.31, and sophomore Robert Jiang in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:09.28.
For Newberg, the Tigers swept all three relays and also got two individual wins by Trey Fincher, Fincher taking the 50 free at 23.26 and the 100 free with a 50.59.