Lake Oswego boys roll Tigard, stay perfect in TRL swimming
There's been nothing — not for almost two months and five league meets — that's been able to stop the Lake Oswego boys swim team.
The Lakers won for the fifth straight time in Three Rivers League action last week, rolling past Tigard 127-42 at Tigard Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to remain perfect in Three Rivers League competition.
"It's been a great season for the boys," said Lake Oswego coach Geoffrey Marsden. "The hardest part is trying to figure out who swims what because I have so many really good boys to choose from."
With the win, the Lakers improved to 5-0 in Three Rivers League competition and set up a regular-season ending league championship meet against crosstown rival Lakeridge; the Pacers are similarly unbeaten at 5-0. That meet is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Lake Oswego School District Pool. Tigard fell to 1-4 in TRL action.
"Lakeridge has a great guys team too," Marsden said. "It should be a very exciting meet."
In the win over Tigard, the Lakers won nine of the day's 11 events, took the top two places in eight races and swept the top three spots in four. LO freshman Hudson Schneider stepped up to win both his individual events, while four other Lakers also won individual races — freshman Derek Wu, junior Steven Peng, freshman Jonathan Bell and sophomore Dohyun Kim.
Schneider did his part in back-to-back races, winning the 50-yard freestyle at 23.86 seconds (the Lakers swept the top three places, with freshman Tylor Kim second at 24.0 and sophomore Lincoln Buckner third at 24.92), then coming back immediately to win the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.65 (with senior Michael Bell second at 58.77).
Wu came through to take the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:56.15 (with Buckner second at 1:57.64), while Peng set the pace in the 100 freestyle at 51.81 (the Lakers swept the top three spots, with Tylor Kim second at 54.81 and sophomore Maxwell Spurr third at 56.01).
In the 500 freestyle, it was another 1-2-3 Laker sweep, with Jonathan Bell first at 5:12.26, followed by sophomore James Kang second at 5:14.27 and Wu third at 5:23.85. And in the 100 breaststroke, Dohyun Kim grabbed first at 1:05.30.
The Lakers were absolutely dominant in the relays, going 1-2 in the 200 medley, 1-2 in the 200 freestyle and 1-2-3 in the 400 free. The winning 200 medley team was Tylor Kim, Dohyun Kim, Kang and freshman William Thistlethwaite at 1:44.92. In the 200 free, Peng, Thistlethwaite, freshman Jiyu Yang and Dohyun Kim took first at 1:35.35. And in the 400 free, Peng, Jonathan Bell, Tylor Kim and Kang topped the field at 3:30.59.
The Lake Oswego girls were solid in their meet, too, falling just 89-78 against the Tigers.
While the Lakers didn't get the "W," they won six of the 11 races in the meet and competed well throughout.
"The girls are swimming very well this season, but unfortunately, the flu bug has hit us hard this year," Marsden said. "We've had some close meets with many of our key swimmers not able to compete."
With the loss, the Lakers fell to 0-6 in TRL action, while Tigard's win lifted its league record to 1-5.
Lake Oswego's day was highlighted by two individual wins each from Olivia Anderson and freshman Dylan Gustaff, as well as victories in two of the meet's three relays.
Anderson did her part in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, winning the fly with a time of 1:03.55, and later, the backstroke at 1:02.31. Gustaff, meanwhile, took the 50 free with a mark of 26.38 and also topped the 500 free at 5:32.18.
In the relays, Anderson, senior Haily Oldham, Gustaff and junior Elizabeth Bell won the 200 medley with a 1:58.55. And in the 200 free, it was Anderson, Gustaff, Bell and Oldham who finished first with a 1:49.34.
"They are all working hard and having some of their best swims of the season," Marsden said. "Olivia Anderson and Dylan Gustaff each had a great night swimming with individual wins in both their events and both relays."
Runners-up for Lake Oswego included: Oldham in the 200 IM at 2:22.53; Bell in the 100 free at 1:03.16; and the 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Brooke Birdsall, junior Sage Crawford, senior Penelope Spurr and freshman Alana Penoyer at 2:02.14.
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