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After finishing fourth in league a year ago, the Lakers are ready to challenge

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego sophomore Stephen Peng is one of three returning swimmers with state meet experience who will play important roles for the team in 2020.The Lake Oswego boys swim team was in the mix last year.

The Lakers finished fourth at the 2019 Three Rivers League district meet, then sent four swimmers on to compete at the Class 6A state meet.

Now, under the leadership of its fifth head coach in the past five years, Lake Oswego wants more.

"I think we have a chance to do well at the district meet," said LO coach Geoffrey Marsden, a sixth-grade PE teacher at Lake Oswego Junior High who has 10 years' experience coaching swimming at the high school and age group levels. He replaces Lauren Thies after one season with the team. "If the boys come together as a team and continue to push each other at practice and meets, they should do well."

This year's version of the Lakers will be led by senior team captains Michael Bell and Ryan Miller; Bell swam on the team's state-qualifying 200-yard freestyle relay team a year ago and also raced to a fifth-place finish in the TRL 100 backstroke.

"Michael Bell and Ryan Miller are this year's boys team captains," Marsden said. "From before the season started, they have stepped up and earned their captain's hats."

Also back with state-meet experience from a year ago are sophomore Doyhun Kim and sophomore Steven Peng — both were members of the Lakers' 200 free relay team while Kim also notched a third-place district finish in the 50 freestyle.

"We have a very deep boys team this year," Marsden said. "There are many returning and new swimmers that will score points for this team this season. The hard part will be to find spots for all of them to swim. … It's a good problem to have."

Regarding the 2019-20 Three Rivers League race, the Lakers know they'll get tested almost every time they hit the pool in the ever-competitive TRL.

"As an assistant coach last season with the team, I noticed that there are many quality swimmers in our league," Marsden said. "Any team can beat any other team on a given night. We'll have to swim our best if we want to come out on top."

To see the Lakeridge boys team preview, click here.

To see the West Linn boys team preview, click here.

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