The Lakeridge boys swim team chased league-leading West Linn all year long in the Three Rivers League season.
And the Pacers got after the Lions again at the 2019 TRL district meet, held on Friday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
Despite Lakeridge's best efforts, however, West Linn edged away to victory again, winning the abbreviated district meet with 297 points while the Pacers finished second with 251 to leave the rest of the field far behind. The rest of the team scoring included Tigard 145, Lake Oswego 141, Tualatin 130, Canby 129 and Oregon City 119.
The TRL meet was shortened to a single day and moved up to Friday in response to weather concerns. Next up, the Pacers' and Lakers' best will swim in the Class 6A state meet, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
The Pacers built their district success on the efforts of junior Jay Heymann and freshman Andrew Huang, with Heymann winning the 200-yard freestyle and finishing second in the 500 free, while Huang won the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 individual medley.
"It's a big deal," Heymann said after his win in the 200 free. "It's definitely good to win at district, especially against all the other talented club swimmers that are all really experienced. It's really good to get a victory for Lakeridge."
Heymann, despite battling a sinus infection, swam to victory in the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 46.95 seconds (with Tualatin's Connor Florey second at 1:47.48), then came back later in the meet to place second in the 500 free at 4:57.05 (where he trailed West Linn's Nathan Rumsey and his winning time of 4:48.78).
Huang, meanwhile, came through to win the 100 breaststroke at 1:00.46 (with Florey second at 1:01.10) after earlier placing second in the 200 IM with a 1:57.03 (trailing only Tigard's Ben Miller and his winning time of 1:53.68).
"I knew it was going to be really close because I know that other kid is really fast," Huang said after his win in the breaststroke. "He went out fast and took me out of my rhythm so I had to go faster to make up for it, and in the end, it was a really close finish."
The Pacers also scored big in the relays, with Huang, junior Patrick Dakin, senior Grant Lautze and Heymann taking second in the 200 free relay at 1:32.95, and Heymann, Huang, freshman Gray Byfield Davies and Lautze grabbing third in the 200 medley relay with a 1:44.76.
"It's always a team effort in these meets — everyone is contributing equally and everyone scores points in different events with their strengths," Huang said. "I think one of my favorite things about high school swimming is it's really team-oriented."
The Pacers also saw Lautze step up to place fourth in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, going 1:51.58 in the 200 free and 57.56 in the backstroke.
Lake Oswego Boys
While Lake Oswego finished just fourth in the seven-team field, the Lakers put together some solid swims at Mt. Hood, notching third-place finishes in four events and qualifying their 200 freestyle relay team for state.
In individual races, senior Andrew Liu and freshman Doyhun Kim both finished third on Friday, with Liu racing to a 58.46 in the 100 butterfly, while Kim posted a 23.57 to grab third in the 50 freestyle.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego's freshman Steven Peng, Kim, junior Michael Bell and Liu went 1:34.56 to earn a berth at this week's state meet.
The Lakers also finished third in the 400 freestyle relay, with Bell, Peng, Kim and Liu posting a 3:33.10.
The team also saw Bell swim to fifth place in in the backstroke with a finishing time of 1:00.20.
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