Lakeridge boys swimmers win showdown with Lake Oswego 95-75
The Lakeridge boys swim team is right where it wants to be.
The Pacers closed out the Three Rivers League regular season with a flourish last week, knocking off rival Lake Oswego for the first time in 10 years with a 95-75 decision at Lake Oswego District Pool on Feb. 1. In the process, they set the table for what they hope is another successful district meet.
The Pacers — who tied Lake Oswego in last year's regular season meet — are the reigning TRL district champs and would love to repeat that feat this week. The Three Rivers League District Meet will be held at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, with preliminaries beginning at 8:45 a.m. Friday and finals at 9 a.m. Saturday.
"We've got two other fast teams — we've got Tualatin and Newberg — so there's a lot of things we need to come together," said Lakeridge senior Matt McComish, winner of both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and a member of two winning relay teams. "(We need to) have our focus come together a little stronger, but I think we have a shot to win district again so I'm excited."
"I think we're going to win," added Pacer senior Terran Walker, who first in the 50 freestyle, runner-up in the 100 free and a member of one winning relay team. "I think we're going to get first."
With their win over Lake Oswego, the Pacers closed out the 2018 TRL regular season with a 5-2 record while the Lakers finished their league campaign at 3-4.
Despite the defeat, the Lakers said they loved competing with the Pacers and said they'd be ready for district.
"I love racing against my friends at Lakeridge and all that," said Laker senior Dani Duran, who finished second and third in his two individual races. "It's always a fun time to see who's in first right now so that we can show off what we've worked for at district."
"Today's results were somewhat expected," said LO senior Quinn LaFond, who placed second and fourth in his two individual swims. "We knew right from the get-go that while we may be able to keep with the Pacers on the top end that at the bottom, we just didn't have the depth.
"A championship format meet, I feel, will favor the current makeup of our team a lot more than the dual meet format."
The Pacers stepped up to take control early last week, opening with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, then adding victories in three of the first four individual races. In that initial relay, McComish teamed with sophomore Robert Jiang, sophomore Jay Heymann and junior Grant Lautze to win in 1 minute, 46.44 seconds.
After LO took the 200 freestyle, the Pacers came back with a Heymann win in the 200 IM at 2:06.36 (with LO junior Andrew Liu second at 2:10.93), Walker's 23.79 victory in the 50 free (with Laker senior Matthew Bell second at 24.11), and McComish's 55.02 win in the 100 butterfly (with Liu second at 58.41).
"This is awesome," McComish said. "We knew we had a good race plan (but) a lot of things really came together."
For his part, Walker — a top-notch water polo player — was just glad to represent his "other" sport.
"I kind of feel like a water polo player doing swim team in the offseason, but I guess it's fun sometimes," he said. "I usually don't wear a cap and I don't kick. I'm just representing the polo game."
Additional Lakeridge highlights included: Heymann's win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.62 (with Lake Oswego sophomore Michael Bell second at 5:32.02); McComish's victory in the 100 backstroke at 54.93 (with Duran second at 59.52); sophomore Robert Jiang's win in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:09.59 (edging LaFond's 1:09.67); and the 400 freestyle relay team of Heymann, Walker, Lautze and McComish in a time of 3:23.50.
"Little things like Robert (Jiang) winning the 100 breast — that was awesome," McComish. "We thought they were going to crush us on that but he came to swim, suited up and had a great race."
While Lakeridge clearly held the upper hand, Lake Oswego still recorded a number of significant swims. Foremost among them were the two wins from senior Doug Heymann — Jay Heymann's older brother — in the 200 and 100 freestyle races.
Doug Heymann posted a 1:51.27 to take the 200 free (with Lautze second at 1:55.96), then came back four races later to win the 100 with a 50.43 (with Walker second at 52.98).
The Lakers' other win came in the 200 freestyle relay where freshman Chase Richardson, Duran, Matthew Bell and Doug Heymann notched a time of 1:35.89.
"It's always great competition with them," Duran said. "They did get us last year (at district), … but there's still time left in the season for us to get better. I'm ready to bring it more at district and be ready."
"I would have liked to win the 100 breaststroke and placed better in the 200 IM, … (but) there were some thing strategically and technically that I didn't do well throughout all my races and the relays I was on, but I'm working on fine-tuning and correcting these problems going into district."