Lake Oswego boys swimmers show strength against Lakeridge
Lake Oswego vs. Lakeridge.
Lakers vs. Pacers.
The Battle of the Lake.
It's always a big deal, and the two teams' Tuesday, June 15, swim meet was no exception.
While there were no team scores recorded, Lake Oswego stepped up to win seven of the day's eight events, finished second seven times and third four times in the meet at Lake Oswego School District Pool.
"We raced really hard, and even though we had less people than Lakeridge, we gave it our best," said Lake Oswego junior James Kang, winner of the 100-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly, as well as swimming on two winning Laker relay teams. "It's really fun to race the Lakeridge kids because we all know each other one way or another and the best part was at the end when we celebrated the seniors graduating."
"Swimming against Lakeridge is always a fun experience," said Lake Oswego junior Max Spurr, who finished second in the 100 backstroke, third in the butterfly and swam on two runner-up relays. "Although we may technically be rivals, the Lake Oswego pool community is tight-knit and they are our friends first. For the most part, we try to keep the competitive spirit in the pool, and being able to race and catch up with my Lakeridge swim friends was a pleasure."
For their part, the Pacers agreed about the fun, competitive nature of the meet.
"It's always fun to compete against LO, win or lose, but I think my favorite part of the day was watching a lot of my friends who (don't) swim as their primary sport drop huge amounts of time and achieve PRs that reflected the amount of hard work they've put in this season," said Lakeridge junior Sean Davitt, who finished second in the IM, third in the 50 free and also swam on two third-place relays.
The Lakers saw four different swimmers win individual events, with junior Dohyun Kim taking the 50 freestyle at 23.02 and the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.49, Kang setting the pace in the IM at 57.99 and the butterfly with a 56.58, junior Steven Peng winning the 100 freestyle with a 51.19 (he also took second in the 50 free at 23.33) and sophomore Jonathan Bell topping the 100 backstroke with a 57.74 (he also was second in the 100 free at 51.35).
"I tried my best and gave it my all," Kang said. "Even though my time wasn't the best, I had a fun time racing time racing against Lakeridge."
Other top LO finishers were: the 200 medley relay team of Bell, Kim, Kang and Hudson Schneider, first at 1:43.98; the 200 free relay team of Peng, Schneider, Kang and Kim, first at 1:35.59; Schneider, second in the 50 free at 56.76 and second in the breaststroke at 1:07.29; and Spurr, second in the backstroke at 1:06.68.
"I was very pleased by my individual performance," Spurr said. "It's been tough getting back in swim shape after a nearly full year off, but I am truly appreciative for every time I get to hop back in the pool, especially in a competitive environment."
The Pacers, meanwhile, got their lone victory from sophomore John Rocco Lepiane in the 500 freestyle, where he finished first at 5:48.75, with teammate Nathan Han second at 8:46.61.
Other top Lakeridge finishers were: Davitt, second in the IM at 1:01.41 and third in the 50 free at 24.01; the 200 medley relay team of Lepiane, Henry Sturges, Brooks Dennett and Davitt, third at 1:54.13; and the 200 free relay team of Luke Olson, Sturges, Dennett and Davitt, third at 1:40.53.
"Our team did great," Davitt added. "I'm … especially proud of the sophomores who stepped up after a couple of club swimmers decided not to swim for our high school team this year."
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