In another fast TRL meet, both schools will be well represented at state

by: VERN UYETAKE - The Pacers' Keaton Blovad took second in the 50 freestyle at last week's district VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Edward Kang qualifed for state in both the 100 butterfly and the backstroke.It was a terrific district swim meet all around for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego squads, both of which will be heavily represented at the state meet Friday and Saturday.

The Lakeridge girls and Lake Oswego boys each emerged as district champions and the Pacer girls figure to be set up for a run at a potential state title.

It was a fast meet with multiple local individuals and relay teams qualifying for state in virtually every race. In the girls meet, both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge's medley relay teams qualified. The Lakers finished second with a great swim in the finals from the team of Amy Chen, Abby Lyons, Madeleine McMurray and Yifan Mao. The Pacers were third with the team of Rowan Hauber, Sonya Ahmadyar, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Jordynn Canelis posting an automatic qualifying time as well.

In the 200 freestyle, Lake Oswego finished 1-2 with Lauren Wagner just edging out teammate McMurray by 12 hundredths of a second.

In the 200 individual medley, both Brenda Cha and Hauber posted automatic qualifying times for the Pacers, finishing second and third respectively in the event while Lyons took fourth and her time was good enough for a wild card entry.

The 50 freestyle was another competitive race. Lakeridge's Keaton Blovad took second in 24.03 seconds, automatically earning a trip to state where she is seeded third. Lake Oswego's Mao also qualified in a time of 24.66.

In the butterfly, Cha finished a strong second behind Clackamas' Lainey Vischer, who posted the state's fastest time in the event. Cha finished in 58.27, good enough for an automatic berth and the third-fastest time heading into state.

In the 100 freestyle, Blovad captured the district title, finishing with a season-best time of 52.41 and she is seeded No. 4 heading into state.

Mao took second for Lake Oswego and earned a wild card entry with her time of 55.04 seconds.

In the 500, the Pacers' Ahmadyar took home the crown, finishing with a best-time of 5:26.91 to qualify for state.

Both the Pacer and Laker 200 freestyle relay teams also made it to state. Lakeridge took second behind West Linn at districts but its time of 1:40.61 is the third-fastest time heading into the state meet. Lake Oswego took third in the event and its team is ranked No. 6.

The backstroke proved to be one of the fastest races of the day. In fact, three of the four fastest swimmers in the state in the event all hail from the TRL. Hauber took third in the race for Lakeridge but her time was good enough for an automatic entry.

In the breaststroke, five TRL swimmers qualified for state. Lyons took third for Lake Oswego in a time of 1:08.32.

Finally, the Lakeridge 400 freestyle relay team cruised to a district title behind strong swims from Cha, Hauber, Ahmadyar and Blovad. That team is currently ranked third in the state.

It figures to be a wildly competitive meet for the girls and the Pacers should be right in the thick of it for a state title. Lakeridge took sixth at state last year.

In the boys meet, Lake Oswego's medley relay team of Edward Kang, Logan Kojiro, Ryan Sklar and Austin Weng took third but its time was good enough to sneak into state with a wild card berth.

Lake Oswego scored a good portion of its points thanks to its depth, getting multiple swimmers to score points in numerous events.

“This was our goal all year. We were undefeated during the dual meet season and were really disappointed not to be able to swim against Lakeridge,” Laker coach Susan Branam said.

In the 100 butterfly, Kang finished second by just four hundredths of a second in 52.68, which was good enough for an automatic qualifying time. He has the seventh fastest time in the event heading into state.

Lake Oswego took fifth through eighth place in the 100 freestyle with strong swims from Lucas Rodgers, Sklar, Ryan Washburne and Burton Jaursch.

In the 500 freestyle, Lakeridge's Liam O'Shea finished a close second, posting a season-best time of 4:52.33. He has the seventh-fastest time heading into state. Max Swaim took third in the event for Lakeridge.

Lake Oswego took home the district title in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of Kojiro, Rodgers, Jordan Leis and Weng won in 1:34.50.

In the 100 backstroke, Kang qualified for state in his second individual event, taking second in 53.82 seconds, good enough for an automatic entry.

Lake Oswego managed to qualify its third and final relay team for state as well with Sklar, Marco Wolmarans, Rodgers and Kang taking second place but dropping four and a half seconds from its time in the prelims to earn a wild card berth.

“We want to improve our individual times but don't have any real expectations heading into state,” Branam said.

The state meet will be Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College. The finals begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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