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David Douglas picks up big points in the freestyle sprint and breaststroke on way to district title

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglas Dawson Brummett gives a fist-pump after checking his teams winning time in the 200-yard freestyle relay at Saturdays district meet.

MHC district meet

Team (top 3) Score
1. David Douglas
2. Clackamas
3. Central Catholic

The David Douglas boys swim team closed out a perfect run through the league season with a dominating effort at Saturday's district meet.

The Scots finished with 297 points to finish more than 50 ahead of its nearest competitor. David Douglas surged past Clackamas four events into the meet with a 34-point effort in the 50-yard freestyle sprint. It marked one of four events in which the Scots saw the maximum four swimmers produce points.

Dawson Brummett finished second in the sprint, then was back on the starting block 15 minutes later for a win in the butterfly. The victory proved pivotal, as he was racing against a pair of Clackamas swimmers to the adjoining lanes.

Brummett carried a slim lead throughout the two-lap race, and four strokes from the finishing wall, he turned his head to the left. It was a maneuver that served a dual purpose.

"I could feel a wave right under my gym, and I didn't want to take a mouthful of water," Brummett said. "It also allowed me to look over and get that assurance in my head that I was winning. Knowing I was the only David Douglas swimmer in the final, I knew I had to get first."

Brummett led the Scots in scoring with 43.5 points.

He did have three teammates in the consolation race, who combined to pick up nine team points.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglas swim coach Jim Bowe shares a laugh with his swimmers during a break in the action. The Scots swept both the boys and girls district titles Saturday.

Brummett anchored the Scots' 200 freestyle relay to the team's only other win on the day. Tuan Vuong got the Scots out to a solid start, while Kenny Nguyen and Andy Tan opened up a two body-length gap over the middle two legs.

"They were seeded third coming into the day, so going from there to first is going to be some big points," David Douglas coach Jim Bowe said.

In fact, the Scots picked up eight points with that surge, overtaking its top challenger Clackamas in the process. The victory gave David Douglas a 40-point cushion in the team tally with three events remaining.

Brayden Franzke gave the Scots a boost with a runner-up finish in the backstroke, while taking third in the medley. David Wong came in second in the breaststroke.

Clackamas' Mitchell Hopper was the meet's top scorer with 48 points, highlighted by wins in the 100 free and backstroke.

Other area winners were Barlow's Josiah Hoccum in the 200 free, and Centennial's Taz Larson in the breaststroke.

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