Lake Oswego boys swim past Sherwood 101-69
It's still early, but the Lake Oswego boys swim team has left nothing to chance thus far in the 2017-18 Three Rivers League season.
The Lakers won for the third straight time last week, hammering Sherwood 101-69 at Lake Oswego District Pool on Jan. 4 and doing so in impressive fashion. While Sherwood managed to win four of the day's 11 events, Lake Oswego took the other seven and also finished second 10 times in its win.
Despite that, the Lakers left knowing they can still be better and determined to get there.
"I feel like today was kind of sloppy for us. We were kind of all over the place in some of the relays," said senior Quinn LaFond, winner of the 500-yard freestyle and second-place finisher in the 200 individual medley. "We've definitely been better — we can be better — so it's just fine-tuning some stuff into the next couple meets."
"I think Sherwood raced well and we put up our best, but just coming off break was tough," said Lake Oswego senior Doug Heymann, winner of the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. "Training … has broken us down some. We are ready to start resting and getting ready for the end of the season."
Regardless of those shortcomings, the Lakers were very, very good against Sherwood. Heymann swam to victory in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 2 minutes, .07 seconds, then came back later in the meet to take the breaststroke with a time of 1:06.36.
"(Today, it was) pretty much just to score points for your team, do what needs to be done and save the best races for the end of the season," Heymann said.
In addition to Heymann's two wins, the Lakers got another two first-place finishes from senior Daniel Duran in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Duran bested the field in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.71 (with teammate Matthew Bell second at 53.57), and matched that success with a winning time of 59.67 in the backstroke (this time with teammate Chase Richardson second at 1:00.98).
LaFond was very nearly a two-time winner, too. He took first in the 500 free at 5:22.28 (with teammate Michael Bell second at 5:26.37), and also placed second — by just .1 — to teammate Andrew Liu in the 200 individual medley. Liu won the race at 2:13.06 while LaFond was second at 2:13.16.
"Everybody just got off a pretty hard two weeks of training so we're not at our best right now," LaFond said. "But whenever we're going off the blocks, I'm going hard 100 percent of the time."
The Lakers also won the 400 freestyle relay, with LaFond, Duran, Matthew Bell and Heymann notching a 3:31.22. Lake Oswego might have also won the 200 free relay, but the quartet of Liu, Richardson, Michael Bell and Heymann was disqualified.
Top finishers for Sherwood included: Jacob Folsom in the 50 free at 23.84; Danny Bassich in the 100 butterfly at 59.17; the 200 medley relay team of Brandon Hughes, Braeden Howard, Bassich and Sam Ettlestein at 1:48.97; and the 200 free relay team of Bassich, Hughes, Eugene Tan and Folsom at 1:36.53.
Next up, the Lakers host West Linn at Lake Oswego District Pool at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.