Lakeridge boys swimmers race to second at Class 6A state
The Lakeridge boys swim team got it done all year long.
The Pacers got it done during their unbeaten regular season.
They got it done again when they won the Three Rivers League district meet.
So when Lakeridge rolled into the Class 6A state meet — held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center — it should come as no surprise that the Pacers got it done once again.
Lakeridge racked up seven top-five finishes during the meet, piled up 68 points and finished second among the 29 teams that scored at state. Only state-champion Jesuit — which amassed 124 points to win its sixth straight 6A crown — was better.
In the process, the Pacers tied for the third-best best finish in school history — the team won state championships back in 1995 and 2000, and placed second back in 1994.
"It's huge," said Lakeridge senior Jay Heymann, who finished second and third in his two individual events and also swam on two top-three relays. "We (were) trying to pull in a top-five, top-three finish so it's exciting."
"We've put in a really strong effort this year," said sophomore Andrew Huang, who took second and fourth in his two individual races and also swam on the Pacers' top-three relays. "With all the support and everything — having enough people in the relays and individuals — (we knew) that should add up to help us get up there pretty good."
"We (were) hoping to get second at state. That was the overall goal," said senior Jackson Davitt, who swam on three Pacer relays and also competed in the 50-yard freestyle. "I think we figured out the relays a little bit better, and everyone has figured out what their strongest events are and we're using that to our advantage."
The complete team scoring included: 1. Jesuit 124; 2. Lakeridge 68; 3. West Linn 44; 4. Sunset 41; 5. Roseburg 39; 6. Clackamas 38; 7. McMinnville 35; 8. Bend 34; 9. Lincoln 29; 10. Westview 28; 11. Sherwood 24; 12. Central Catholic 20; 13. Cleveland 17; 14. Roosevelt 10; 14. Summit 10; 14. David Douglas 10; 17. Mountain View 9; 18. Tigard 8; 19. Newberg 7; 19. Barlow 7; 19. Sheldon 7; 22. North Medford 6; 22. South Eugene 6; 24. Forest Grove 5; 24. South Salem 5; 24. Oregon City 5; 27. Beaverton 4; 28. Grants Pass 2; 29. Lake Oswego 1.
Heymann, who will compete next year at Johns Hopkins University, came through big-time in his first individual race, speeding to second place in the 200 freestyle with a finishing time of 1:40.60. Sherwood senior Jacob Folsom won the event at 1:39.07.
"It feels good to get second senior year," Heymann said. "Respect to (Folsom). I knew where he was the whole time. He's a really good swimmer and I knew he was going to finish strong so I just tried to stay with him and see if I could get him, but I came up a little bit short."
Heymann was great again in his other individual event, racing to a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 46.49 (Cleveland senior Cody Soo won the event at 45.77 while Folsom took second with a 45.82).
Huang, competing in his second state meet, was nearly as good, swimming to fourth place in the 200 individual medley and coming back later to take second in the 100 breaststroke.
In the IM, Huang notched a 1:54.65 to finish fourth (Central Catholic's Kevin Kiel was first at 1:48.06), while in the breaststroke, he went 58.69 to grab second and trail only Jesuit winner Marco Nosack's 56.41.
"My time wasn't as good as I would have liked, but … I just focused on my technique because that's what I've been practicing and I just raced it to the best of my ability," Huang said.
Regarding his breaststroke, he said "I was pretty happy with it. I tried to keep my technique solid the whole race and I raced it the best I could considering I'm sore from training and everything."
The Pacers also saw freshman Aaron Tran reach the finals in the 100 backstroke, taking fifth place in the field with a mark of 52.85 (Jesuit's Nick Simons took first at 49.57).
In the relays, the Pacers were tough as nails, opening their day with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Tran, Huang, Heymann and Davitt going 1:35.60, while Jesuit took first at 1:33.42.
"I think we were expecting to get second, but we dropped a lot of time," Davitt said. "We all did pretty good all-around."
"I dropped a little bit of time so I felt pretty good, and we got to second place so that's good," Tran said, admitting to nervousness before the event. "A little bit, but we all just tried to stay positive, have that good mindset."
Next, Lakeridge saw Jackson Davitt, senior Patrick Dakin, senior Robert Jiang and sophomore Sean Davitt post an eighth-place finish at 1:30.93.
And finally, the Pacers sped to third in the 400 freestyle relay, with Tran, Jackson Davitt, Huang and Heymann swimming a 3:16.79, an event that saw Heymann come from behind during the anchor leg to lift his team to third. Jesuit's boys won the event with a 3:11.68.
"I love just watching anyone from our team swim some exciting race. With Jay swimming and catching up with those other guys, that was really exciting," Huang said. "We knew it would be really close and we were a little bit behind after the third leg, but that's how we always come together as a team.
"(Heymann) absolutely finished his senior year off with a bang. It's always been a pleasure to race with him or just watch him race because he's such a fast guy and his freestyle is so incredible."
In other events, Jackson Davitt placed 12th overall in the 50 free at 22.32, Tran was 13th in the 100 free with a 49.11, and senior Andy James took 15th in the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.20.
Lake Oswego at state
Lake Oswego sent six swimmers to state and saw sophomore Dohyun Kim win a berth in the 100 breaststroke and finish ninth at 1:01.25.
Other Laker competitors included: sophomore Steven Peng, 11th in the 50 free at 22.23; Kim, 14th in the 50 free at 22.60; freshman Jonathan Bell, 10th in the 500 free at 4:57.34; the 200 medley relay team of sophomore James Kang, Kim, Bell and Peng, 10th at 1:41.17; and the 400 free relay team of freshman William Thistlethwaite, senior Michael Bell, Jonathan Bell and Kang, 13th at 3:24.48.
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