Lakeridge swims past Tigard in Three Rivers League opener
The Lakeridge swim teams have big goals this year.
To reach them, the Pacers know they'll need to step up and smack down their Three Rivers League opponents.
So that's just what they did in their 2019 season opener, the Lakeridge boys team routing Tigard 121-49 and the Pacer girls beating the Tigers 89-80 at Tigard Aquatic Center on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Pacers absolutely dominated their meet against the Tigers, winning nine of the day's 11 events, finishing second seven times and third another nine times to win going away.
"I am really impressed with how our boys performed at the meet," said Lakeridge coach Stacey Dennett. "Not only did we have Jay Heymann break a school record, but we had Patrick Dakin, Andrew Huang (and) Jackson Davitt all win events. (And) I was impressed with all the new swimmers who rose to the occasion at our first meet."
Heymann, a senior, made the biggest splash at the meet, setting a new Lakeridge school record of 1 minute, 57 seconds in his victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Beyond that event, Heymann also took top honors in the 100 butterfly at 57.15 and swam on two winning Pacer relay teams.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Heymann teamed with Andrew Huang, Brody Veater and Dakin to finish first at 1:36.28. And in the 400 free relay, it was Heymann, Aaron Tran, Veater and Davitt who finished first with a 3:34.55.
Heymann had plenty of help, though. Huang, a sophomore, set the pace in the 200 individual medley with a winning time of 1:56.85, won again in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 59.98, and also teamed with Tran, Andy James and Dakin to win the 200 medley relay at 1:44.04.
Dakin, a senior, came through to take the 50 freestyle at 24.38, swam on two winning relays and also placed third in the 100 butterfly at 1:08.89. And Davitt, another senior, won the 100 freestyle at 52.72, took second in the 200 free at 2:02.20, and swam on the winning 400 free relay team and second-place 200 free relay team.
The Pacers also got runner-up finishes from: Torin Ferguson in the 50 free at 24.48; Robert Jiang in the 100 fly at 52.15; Veater in the 100 free at 56.00; Sean Davitt in the 500 free at 5:29.30; the 200 free relay team of John Rocco Lepiane, Jackson Davitt, Aidan Tiffany and Ferguson at 1:40.70; and Tran in the 100 backstroke at 53.81.
"We had some amazing first swims from Torin Ferguson and Luke Olson, who followed Patrick Dakin in the 50 free," Dennett said. "We had Aaron Tran and Rocco Lepiane step in and shine in their events as well. We continue to look to Robert Jiang, Brody Veater, Sean Davitt and Andy James to add to the strength and depth of the boys program this year."
The Lakeridge girls team's meet against Tigard was a much closer affair, with the Pacers edging away to win with six first-place finishes, seven seconds and six thirds.
"I am looking forward to seeing the girls team grow together and improve throughout the season," Dennett said.
The Pacers kicked off their meet with a win by their 200 medley relay team, with Lauren DuPuis, Amy Frinell, Adelaide Foden-Vencil and Rachel Barba speeding to first place at 2:03.12, with Barba coming from behind on the event's final leg to finish first.
Lakeridge also got individual victories from Foden-Vencil (a senior), Barba (a sophomore) and Sydney Thompson (a sophomore) to pace their win over Tigard. Foden-Vencil came through in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:13.04, Barba did her part in the 50 freestyle with a 26.55, and Thompson came through in the 100 butterfly at 1:03.45.
Other top Lakeridge finishes came from: Thompson, second in the 200 IM at 2:24.06; Cascade Stensland, second in the 50 free at 26.55 and in the 100 free at 1:00.60; Riley McDowell in the 500 freestyle at 6:02.19; Frinell in the 100 breaststroke at 1:20.80; and the 400 freestyle relay team of DuPuis, Foden-Vencil, Stensland and Barba with a 4:12.37.
"Adelaide Foden-Vencil and Sydney Thompson both won events, and we had solid swims from Riley McDowell, Amy Frinell, Rachel Barba, Cascade Stensland, Maddie Jo Lorber and Lauren Dupuis," Dennett added.
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