Lakeridge boys swimmers open with a win over Tigard
The Lakeridge boys swim team hit the ground running for its 2018-19 season opener.
Or how about this — "hit the pool swimming."
In any case, the Pacers proved they were ready to go when they kicked off the Three Rivers League season with their meet against Tigard on Dec. 6 at Tigard Swim Center, knocking off the Tigers 126-40, while the Lakeridge girls fell to Tigard 100-70.
"There were some great swims from a lot of swimmers and it gave the coaching staff a vital picture of where we are and what we can do to be at our best come the TRL district meet," said Lakeridge coach Derek Abbott.
The Pacers were tough as nails against the overmatched Tigers, winning 10 of the day's 11 events, finishing second nine times and third in seven races to leave Tigard far behind.
"Tigard just didn't have the depth on the boys side to hold up," Abbott said. "We have some pretty talented kids in the water and even some that we have to find a way to get them into some varsity events."
The Pacers built their big win by sweeping all three relays and getting two individual victories each from junior Jay Heymann and freshman Andrew Huang.
Lakeridge kicked things off in the 200-yard medley relay with a win from Heymann, Robert Jiang, Huang and Grant Lautze at 1 minute, 47.20 seconds. The Pacers came back in the 200 free relay with Patrick Dakin, Jackson Davitt, Thomas Gooding and Huang notching a 1:37.60 to win. And in the 400 free relay, Lakeridge's Heymann, Gooding, Cole Dennett and Lautze finished first at 3:35.26.
In his individual races, Heymann set the pace in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 52.55 that broke Mark Kunde's Lakeridge record from 1987, and a 5:22.78 that won the 500 freestyle by more than 32 seconds.
"The boys looked good," Abbott said. "It is always fun to watch our kids get out there and compete and always fun to watch the old records fall."
Huang did his damage in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, winning the 200 IM at 1:59.77 and the breaststroke with a 1:02.45.
The Pacers also got victories from Cole Dennett (first in the 200 freestyle at 2:06.14), Lautze (first in the 50 free at 23.77) and Davitt (first in the 100 free at 55.26).
Second-place finishers included Gray Byfield Davies in the 200 free, Dakin in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, Cole Dennett in the butterfly, Reese Dennett in the 500 free, Lautze in the backstroke and Andy James in the breaststroke.
While the Pacer girls fell short against Tigard, they did have their moments, getting individual wins from senior Ariana Chin and junior Adelaide Foden-Vencil as well as their 200 freestyle relay team.
"We have a well-rounded group and a ton of kids to step up to fill gaps," Abbott said. "It will take us a few meets to figure out who will swim what, but for now, I am more than happy with the attitude and performance that was given."
Chin broke through to win the 200 IM with a time of 2:31.47, and later, took second in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:16.82. Foden-Vencil topped the field in the 500 freestyle at 5:45.87 and also added a runner-up effort in the 100 butterfly at 1:03.95.
In the 200 free relay, the Pacers called on Rachel Barba, Natalya Salcedo, Amy Frinell and Veronica Hansen to team up for a winning time of 1:51.55.
Lakeridge also saw the following second-place finishes: the 200 medley relay team of Hansen, Chin, Foden-Vencil and Barba at 2:00.43, Hansen in the 50 free at 26.90 and the 100 free with a 1:00.67, and the 400 free relay team of Lauren Dupuis, Abby DeBrine, Chin and Foden-Vencil at 4:12.28.
"The first meet of the year was a bit chaotic from the coaching end as we had to organize a lot more swimmers and get them ready for their events," Abbott said of his 2018-19 team, which now numbers 90 swimmers. "(But) the meet went well overall."
Next up, the Pacers swim at Tualatin at 4 p.m. Thursday.