Swimming Finishes Season with New Coaching

Laker swimming brought home some great wins at districts last weekend. With many first place finishes, 14 Laker swimmers will be competing at state today. From the boys team, seniors Leis and Daniel Kim; juniors Doug Heymann, Matthew Bell and Quinn LaFond; and sophomore Andrew Liu will be racing.

The Laker girls state team includes junior Madison Richard- son; sophomores Maya Clydesdale, Claire Cranch, Alyssa Gustaff, Grace Marshall and Madeline Eller; and freshman Haily Oldham.

At the civil war meet against Lakeridge, the boys pulled an impressive tie, retaining their undefeated district title. The girls team brought home some superbe wins, losing only once to Lakeridge.

Although the team had an overall successful season, it has not been the easiest one. With the Branams retiring after their seven years of coaching, the team has had a lot of changes.

Patrick Beasley took over the head coach position. His past coaching for Lake Oswego Swim Club (LOSC) has given him experience with club swimmers on the high school team. Along with coaching, the team composure has significantly shifted as well. Unlike the past few seasons, the majority of swimmers are underclassmen.

The captains for the 2016-2017 season were seniors Jordan Leis and Alyssa Huque, and juniors Daniel Duran, Annie Rodgers and Marla Mirho.

Leis, bittersweet about ending his last high school swim season, said, “It feels weird to finally be a senior, but I have worked hard to make the experience for underclassmen just as amazing as mine. My favorite memory was winning the 50 free at districts for the second year in a row.”

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