Early relay win puts the Scots into contention throughout Saturday's finals

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Tim Ly comes off the wall for the start of the backstroke final. He finished second in the race, but won the butterfly earlier in the day.

MHC district meet

Team (top 3) Score
David Douglas

The David Douglas boys swim team put together a gutsy effort during Saturday's district swim finals before coming up a few points against a Clackamas squad that dominated the regular season.

No team had come within 30 points of the Cavaliers during the dual-meet season, but they needed a comeback victory in the 200-meter freestyle relay to supply the winning points Saturday against the Scots.

David Douglas led through the first three legs before Clackamas sophomore Scott Visscher pulled even at the flip turn of the final lap and emerged from the water with a slight lead. The Cavaliers touched in with a winning time of 1:33.65 — 0.23 hundredths ahead of the Scots.

The comeback win caused a 12-point swing in the team score.

"I got a good push today, and I could feel myself moving in front," Visscher said.

The Scots started the day with a thrilling win in the 200 medley relay — a photo finish that came down to three teams. The Scots' anchor Mohamad Mahdi touched the wall in 1:42.08 — 0.07 hundredths ahead of the teams from Central Catholic and Clackamas, which finished in a dead-heat for second place. Other members of Douglas's winning tag-team were Liam Tran, Ethan Nguyen and Vadim Lazurko.

• Centennial's Tim Ly won the butterfly (52.30), and Barlow's Drew Turner won the 200 free (1:48.92).

Central Catholic had swimmers win five of the eight individual finals.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglass Hannah Walker checks on the competition while moving ahead with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle.

MHC District meet

Team (top 3) Score
Oregon City

• The Oregon City girls held off Clackamas by four points at district to cap a perfect league season.

The Pioneers finished with 445 points, clinching the district meet by beating Clackamas by more than six seconds in the 400-meter freestyle relay to end the day. Oregon City scored first-place points in six races, highlighted by a sweep of the three tag-team events.

David Douglas sophomore Hannah Walker picked up a start-to-finish win in the 500 free (5:30.16).

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