Lakeridge girls swim past Lake Oswego to win Battle of the Lake
The Lakeridge girls swim team held its own all year long.
Lake Oswego's girls, meanwhile, competed well this season, but couldn't quite break though to get in to the "W" column.
But none of that mattered when the Pacers and Lakers squared off in the annual Battle of the Lake on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Lake Oswego School District Pool.
Lake Oswego's girls used their front-line strength to break through for eight wins in the meet's 11 events, but Lakeridge used its depth — the Pacers won three times, finished second in 10 races and third another nine times — to edge the Lakers 90-80.
"Considering it was my first year swimming in high school, it was a lot of fun," said Lakeridge junior Sydney Thompson, who finished first and second in her two individual events and also swam on two runner-up relay teams. "I was pleased with our overall result and I liked competing against (them)."
"We put the work in and the results showed that," said Lakeridge sophomore Rachel Barba, who finished second and third in her two individual races, swam on one winning relay team and another that finished second. "Our team has been improving throughout the season and it's paying off."
With the victory, the Pacers finished the Three Rivers League regular season at 3-4, while the Lakers ended the dual-meet season at 0-7.
Despite the loss, the Lakers knew they'd competed well and given their all.
"I'm really proud of the girls team for racing their hardest," said Lake Oswego senior Haily Oldham, who won both her individual races and also swam on two winning Laker relay teams. "A lot of them had to step up and swim events they didn't want to swim."
"It's a little frustrating to go from being undefeated last year to being 0-7 this year, but our team atmosphere improved a lot and we lifted each other up the entire season," added Lake Oswego sophomore Olivia Anderson, who won both her individual races and also swam on two winning Laker relay teams.
Next up, the Lakers and Pacers will both swim in the Three Rivers League district meet, set for 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
For Lakeridge, the Pacers got wins from Thompson, senior Lauren DuPuis and its 200-yard freestyle relay team. Thompson did her part in the 100 butterfly, taking top honors at 1 minute, .95 seconds, and came back later to finish second in the 100 freestyle with a 2:01.68.
"It was nice to race against my former and current club teammates, as well as my high school teammates," Thompson said.
DuPuis came through in the 500 freestyle to win with a mark of 6:09.65, and two events later, added a second in the 100 backstroke at 1:09.70. Barba, meanwhile, finished second in the 50 freestyle at 26.58 and also added a third in the 100 free with a 1:00.94.
"My 50 free felt a little off, but I'm happy to have scored points for the team," Barba said. "I also swam the 100 free and got a small (personal record) and managed to score some points as well."
In the 200 free relay, Lakeridge's DuPuis, sophomore Natalya Salcedo, Barba and sophomore Cascade Stensland took top honors at 1:50.23.
Additional runners-up for the Pacers were: DuPuis, freshman Riley McDowell, Thompson and Barba in the 200 medley relay at 2:01.13; McDowell in the 200 IM at 2:31.56; senior Adelaide Foden-Vencil in the 100 butterfly at 1:08.08; Stensland in the 100 free at 59.50; freshman Mia Stonelake, senior Clara Faucher, senior Michelle Woo and junior Amy Frinell in the 200 free relay at 1:54.98; McDowell in the 100 breaststroke at 1:16.70; and the 400 free relay team of Faucher, Salcedo, Stensland and Thompson at 4:05.66.
Lake Oswego, meanwhile, saw Anderson, Oldham and freshman Dylan Gustaff win two races apiece, and the Lakers also took the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.
Anderson stepped up to take first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.99 and also set the pace in winning the 100 freestyle at 57.06.
"I really enjoyed staying consistent in the freestyle events, and I am really excited to see how my performance will continue into district and state," Anderson said.
Oldham broke through to win the 50 free with a time of 25.95, then took first again in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.89.
"I think (against) Lakeridge, I went some of my faster times from this season so I am super excited for district, and hopefully, state," she said.
Lake Oswego freshman Brooke Birdsall also finished second in the 500 free at 6:40.89.
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