Lakeridge boys third, Lake Oswego fourth at TRL district swimming
The 2018 Three Rivers League district swim meet was the water-borne equivalent of the Royal Rumble.
Newberg's boys delivered the DDT. Tualatin went for the powerslam. Lakeridge's guys came in with a piledriver while Lake Oswego dropped the powerbomb.
In the end, it was the Tigers who got the pin, racking up 321 points to win the meet, held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center. Tualatin finished second with 299 points, followed by Lakeridge's 283, Lake Oswego's 266, West Linn's 252, Sherwood's 215.5, Canby's 159 and Tigard's 152.5.
Next up, both teams will swim in the Class 6A state meet, which opens with preliminaries at 9 a.m. Friday and continues with championship finals at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.
While the Pacers weren't able to defend the district title they won a year ago, they were still very, very good, getting individual wins from both senior Matt McComish and sophomore Jay Heymann, as well as their 200 medley relay team.
"It was great. We really had a lot of people do great jobs today," said McComish, who won the 100-yard backstroke. "We knew that Newberg was going to do great in the freestyle. That's kind of where they got ahead of us, but we all came out, we had great swims, we did what we had to do and I'm pretty happy with how the team ended up."
The Pacers kicked off the day with a win in the meet's first event, with McComish, sophomore Robert Jiang, Heymann and junior Grant Lautze taking the 200 medley relay at 1 minute, 42.05 seconds.
In his two individual races, Heymann raced to second place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.70 (finishing just behind his older brother, Lake Oswego senior Doug Heymann, and his winning time of 1:44.27), then came through to take top honors in the 500 freestyle at 4:47.90.
After finishing fourth in the 500 free a year ago, Jay Heymann said he enjoyed the upgrade to first place.
"This is way better," he said. "I definitely thought it was a possibility, but the guys from Tualatin are pretty good. Tualatin has some good distance swimmers, but I just wanted to get it done, go fast enough to win."
McComish, who grabbed third in the 100 freestyle at 48.63, came back later in the meet to win the 100 backstroke easily, posting a 53.11 to beat the second-place finisher by more than four seconds.
"It's always anybody's race out there, but I knew I had a pretty good shot going in so I was just going to try to go for it," McComish said. "It was a fair time for me. I'm just happy to do well for the team."
Other Lakeridge highlights were: Lautze, fourth in the 200 free at 1:54.12 and fourth again in the butterfly at 56.60; and the 400 free relay team of Lautze, Jay Heymann, Terran Walker and McComish, third at 3:19.73.
For their part, the Lakers nearly matched the Pacers swim for swim at district, winning once, finishing second in two relays and notching a handful of other top-six finishes.
Doug Heymann provided that lone win for the Lakers, taking top honors in the 200 freestyle at 1:44.27 — his second straight district win in the event — and edging his younger brother by .43 in the process. Later, he placed second in the 100 freestyle with a 48.09 (trailing only Newberg junior Trey Fincher and his 47.80).
"It was very important to come back and finish on top," Heymann said. "I love racing my brother. It was a good race. He likes to push me around a little bit, but it's all in the name of the game and we are having a good time. I don't like to push him back, but I give him the look and we smile at each other and it's fun. I was happy with it."
The Lakers also stepped up in the relays, with their 200 free relay team of senior Daniel Duran, freshman Chase Richardson, senior Matthew Bell and Heymann taking second at 1:31.94, and their 400 free relay team of Duran, senior Quinn LaFond, Bell and Heymann following suit, grabbing second with a 3:18.00.
Other top Lake Oswego finishes came from: Duran, fourth in the 100 back at 57.61 and sixth in the 200 IM at 2:06.04; LaFond, fifth in the 200 IM at 2:05.41 and fifth again in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.63; and Bell, fifth in the 100 butterfly at 56.83.