Lake Oswego and Lakeridge boys swimmers slug it out to tie 85-85
The Lake Oswego boys swim team hadn't lost once all year.
Lakeridge's boys matched the Lakers win-for-win.
So what happened when the two teams squared off in the annual Battle of the Lake on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Lake Oswego School District Pool?
Just what you'd expect. They took turns taking their best shots at the other, and when the smoke had finally cleared, the Pacers and Lakers tied 85-85.
"Our team did an excellent job this year," said Lake Oswego sophomore James Kang, who finished second and third in his two individual events, and swam on two runner-up relay teams. "We were able to go (5-0-1) and tie with Lakeridge. We have not been able to do this well for the past couple of years so this has been an amazing year."
"I think we would've liked to see another win, but the draw is good enough," said Lakeridge sophomore Andrew Huang, who won both his individual races and also swam on two winning Pacer relays. "We fought hard and did our best, and really, that's what matters most."
After the tie, the Pacers and Lakers both finished the Three Rivers League regular season at 5-0-1, giving Lakeridge and Lake Oswego a tie for the TRL dual-meet championship.
"I feel great about the overall team result," said Lakeridge senior Jay Heymann, who won both his individual races and also swam on two winning relays. "We tied LO my freshman year and it was fun to have the same result as a senior. (It's) also great to say that we had an undefeated dual meet record this season."
"(We) came in with a chip on our shoulder and some of the best team spirit I have ever seen on my years with the team," said Lake Oswego senior Alex Alberte. "Although the tie was frustrating, it only motivates us more to take on district and state with a winner's mentality."
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.
Lakeridge won its share of the day's tie by taking first place in nine of 11 events, while the Lakers answered with their depth, winning twice and grabbing second in 10 races.
Heymann, Huang and freshman Aaron Tran won twice each for the Pacers, senior Robert Jiang took the 100-yard butterfly and the Pacers also won two of three relays.
Heymann came through in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, winning the 50 with a time of 22.18 seconds and topping the 100 backstroke at 54.52.
"I felt as though my individual races went great," Heymann said. "The goal is always to contribute as many individual points as possible for the team and I believe that I did that."
Huang stepped up in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, winning the IM with a mark of 1:58.73 and the breaststroke at 1:00.52. And Tran did his part in the 200 freestyle and 100 free, taking top honors in the 200 at 1:51.43 and setting the pace in the 100 with a 50.39.
"I felt good about my own races," Huang said. "I did my part to help the team, as did my fellow Pacers."
In the butterfly, Jiang sped to first with a time of 57.33, while the Pacers' other wins came in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. In the medley relay, Tran, Huang, Heymann and senior Jackson Davitt set the pace at 1:39.57. And in the 400 free relay, Tran, Davitt, Huang and Heymann went 3:20.47 to win.
The Pacers also got a runner-up finish from Davitt in the 100 freestyle at 51.92.
For Lake Oswego, freshman Jonathan Bell came through for his team's lone individual victory in the 500 freestyle, and the Lakers also set the pace in winning the 200 freestyle relay.
Bell raced home to win the 500 free with a time of 5:09.72 (with sophomore teammate Maxwell Spurr second at 5:16.79), while freshman William Thistlethwaite, junior Steven Peng, freshman Hudson Schneider and sophomore Dohyun Kim bested the field in the 400 free relay at 1:34.44.
The Lakers also racked up a bundle of other second-place finishes, including: Kang, Kim, Bell and Thistlethwaite in the 200 medley relay at 1:43.10; freshman Derek Wu in the 200 freestyle at 1:55.33; Kang in the 200 IM at 2:05.40; Kim in the 50 free at 23.12; Thistlethwaite in the 100 butterfly at 57.67; Spurr, freshman Tylor Kim, junior Gene Liu and freshman Jiyu Yang in the 200 free relay at 1:39.14; Yang in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.00; Dohyun Kim in the 100 breaststroke at 1:04.45; and Bell, Peng, Tylor Kim and Kang in the 400 free relay at 3:25.19.
"I swam decently over the course of the high school meets," Kang said. "I have been getting close to my personal bests in my individual races and hope to make it to state this year."
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