Crusaders win, forge three-way tie in Metro Jesuit comes through to beat South..

Crusaders win, forge three-way tie in Metro

Jesuit comes through to beat Southridge, earns a piece of the Metro title

The Beaverton Valley Times, Feb 11, 2010 (picture is of PAC's own Max Yakubovich- thank you BVT)

BEAVERTON – The old adage says that a tie is the same as kissing your sister.

The Jesuit boys swim team — which beat Southridge 89-81 last week to forge a three-way first-place tie with the Skyhawks and Westview — probably feels differently.

Jesuit, which finished the 2010 dual meet season in a three-way tie with Southridge and Westview at 4-1, built its win on the strength of victories in six of the day’s 11 events, runner-up finishes in four races and third-place scores in eight. The meet was held at Beaverton Swim Center on Feb. 4.

Additionally, the Crusaders finished with a flourish, outscoring the Skyhawks 28-18 in the day’s final three events to turn a 63-61 deficit into an 89-81 win. Jesuit junior Alex Johnson played a big part in the victory, winning the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle, and also swimming on the 400 freestyle relay team that won the day’s final event.

We knew “this was going to be a tough meet,” Johnson said. “We had some tough luck against Westview, so this was our time to get it and get a good place in Metro.”

The Crusaders did just that, with Johnson winning the IM with a time of 2 minutes, 7.77 seconds (South-ridge’s Nathan Hanson-Holtry was second at 2:08.06) and coming back four events later to take the 500 freestyle at 5:05.48 (with Hanson-Holtry second at 5:08.28).

“That was my best time for the whole season so I was pretty happy with it,” Johnson said of his 500. “(Hanson-Holtry) gave me a really good race there so I had to get it for the team.”

Jesuit also got individual wins from Wesley Tatum in the 200 freestyle at 1:50.30 (with Southridge’s Vince Palladino second at 1:56.01), Chris Ontkean in the 50 freestyle at 22.76 (with Southridge’s Eric Loprete second at 23.12) and Connor Eden in the 100 backstroke at 57.05 (with Southridge’s Max Yakubovich second at 57.12).

Jesuit’s other win came in the 400 free relay, with Tatum, Thomas Geulin, Johnson and Eden teaming for a 3:24.34.

With their win in hand, the Crusaders are now looking ahead to the Metro League District Meet, set for 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

“I think we’ll do well (at district),” Johnson said. “I think our boys team is pretty good this year and we’ll be even better next year.”

Tatum was also second in the 100 freestyle at 51.57.

Southridge, which entered the meet unbeaten in league, won two of the day’s three relays and also got individual wins from Yakubovich, Loprete and Kyle Dalrymple. Loprete, in addition to his runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle, won the 100 free at 50.63 and swam on his team’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, joining with Josh Stiling, Kyle Blandin and Boonkit Purt for a 1:33.31.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Loprete said of his time in the 100 free, which was just .07 off his personal best. “I’ve gone faster but it works, I guess. I got first.”

Yakubovich’s win came in the 100 butterfly where he notched a time of 55.78 (with Blandin second at 56.35) while Dalrymple broke through to win the 100 breaststroke at 1:03.54 (edging Jesuit’s Nathan Holt, who was second at 1:04.87).

Southridge’s other win came in the 200 medley relay, where Andrew Lubash, Dalrymple, Yakubovich and Stiling swam to victory in 1:44.76.