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Local swimmers rise to challenge at state

Lake Oswego's Edward Kang wins the 100 butterfly and all four teams finish in the top-10

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego High School's Edward Kang stand atop the podium at Mt. Hood Community College after winning the state championship in the 100 butterfly last week. It was a terrific finish to the season for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge swim teams last week at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Laker and Pacer boys and girls teams all finished in the top-10 with the Lake Oswego boys and girls teams each finishing fifth. That included a state championship swim from junior Edward Kang who captured the 100 butterfly.

The morning of the finals got off to a fast start as the Pacer girls medley relay team of Brynne O'Shea, Sonya Ahmadyar, Mara Newman and Katie Manzione moved up a spot from its No. 3 seed in the prelims and took second overall in a time of 1:49.75.

Then, in the boys relay, Lake Oswego's team of Kang, Logan Kojiro, Ryan Sklar and Jordan Leis finished a strong fourth in 1:39.88 seconds.

In the 200 freestyle, Lakeridge's Liam O'Shea qualified for the finals and finished sixth with a time of 1:48.65.

In the 200 individual medley, Lake Oswego's Sarah Kaunitz turned in the fastest time of the day in the prelims but, in the finals, Mackenzie Rumrill from West Salem turned in a stellar swim, breaking the state record in the event and Kaunitz took third.

In the boys IM, Lakeridge's Grant Gooding dropped two seconds from the prelims to the finals, taking third place in 1:55.21.

“It wasn't quite as fast as I wanted to go but I knew I just had to go all out today,” Gooding said.

In the girls 50 freestyle, Lake Oswego's Yifan Mao took fourth in state with a time of 23.95 seconds and, in the boys' event, the Lakers' Leis finished in 10th.

In the girls 100 butterfly, Lakeridge's Mara Newman own the consolation final and finished seventh in a time of 57.58 seconds.

In the boys 100 butterfly, Kang swam the second fastest time in the prelims but hoped that this would be his year to break through and get on top of the podium.

In the final, he edged out Barlow's Sergei Pereverzin down the stretch in a time of 50.25 to win the state title.

“I thought he beat me at first but then I saw my coach jumping up and down. This was the goal all year,” Kang said.

In the 500 freestyle, Kaunitz took to the pool again, having swam the second fastest time in the prelims. She was solid in the event, lowering her time in the finals by nearly half a second and edging out a late charge from Jesuit to finish second in 4:58.51.

Lakeridge's Brynne O'Shea finished 10th in the event for the Pacers.

Her brother Liam O'Shea then took his turn in the boys 500 which turned out to be one of the better races of the day. O'Shea went 12 seconds faster than his time in the prelims, coming in second and edging out his league rival from Grant at the wall in 4:39.48.

In the girls 200 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego's team of Mao, Kaunitz, Mikayla Mathison and Madison Richardson went fast in the finals, finishing in 1:39.77 to take third in state.

Then, in the boys' relay, Lakeridge's team of Zach Wyman, O'Shea, Gooding and Matt McComish edged out Lake Oswego's team of Doug Heymann, Lucas Rodgers, Sklar and Leis in the consolation finals to take seventh while the Lakers took eighth.

In the 100 backstroke, the Pacers' Newman made the finals and finished in fifth place in 56.60 seconds while Brynne O'Shea took eighth.

Then, in the boys event, Lake Oswego's Kang dropped more than a second from the prelims to the finals and finished in third place in 52 seconds even.

Lakeridge's Katie Manzione finished in 11th in the 100 breaststroke and, in the boys event, Gooding from Lakeridge finished seventh while Kojiro from Lake Oswego took ninth.

Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego's team of Mao, Mathison, Richardson and Kaunitz finished in 3:39.82 and took fourth while Lakeridge's squad of Ahmadyar, Manzione, O'Shea and Newman finished in seventh.

And for the boys, the Lakeres' Rodgers, Leis, Kojiro and Kang just missed the finals and took seventh place while the Pacer team of O'Shea, Sam Swaim, Max Swaim and Gooding finished ninth.

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