DALLAS — As Dallas senior Nate Ludwig finished the 100-yard backstroke at the Dallas Aquatic Center on Jan. 13, he immediately looked up at the scoreboard.
Ludwig, who finished the race in 1 minute, 15.54 seconds, won in a photo finish.
“One of the closest races I’ve ever seen was Nate (Ludwig) edging out a Crescent Valley swimmer in the backstroke,” Dragons coach Jeff Bemrose said.
Ludwig’s performance helped Dallas’ boys swimming team defeat Crescent Valley 45-40 in a matchup of short-handed teams on Jan. 13. Lucas Diaz won the 50 freestyle (24.97) and took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.68).
The girls team lost 67-27. Sophomore Jolie-Rae Ford won the 50 freestyle and was part of the winning 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams.
“We had great performances by Jolie-Rae Ford, Lucas Diaz and Nate Ludwig,” Bemrose said. “… A fun race to watch was the girls 400 free relay. Dallas was behind half the length of the pool to the other three relay teams and Jolie-Rae caught them all to get first place for the relay.”
The Dragons competed at South Albany Tuesday after press time.
Dallas co-hosts the Dallas/Central Invitational Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Dallas Aquatic Center.
CENTRAL FALLS TO CORVALLIS: Central’s boys and girls swim teams lost a Mid-Willamette in Conference dual Corvallis on Jan. 13. The boys fell 172-99, while the girls lost 179-92. Central’s boys 200 medley relay team of Daniel Glade, Nathan Glade, Ryan Rosas and August Thornton placed first with a time of 1:58.98, while Nathan Glade won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.99). On the girls side, the 200 medley relay squad of Annie Taylor, Catie Miller, Julissa Amador and Kate Taylor placed second (2:16.5), while the 200 freestyle relay team of Annie Taylor, Kate Taylor, Amador and Miller also finished second in 1:58.6. “Nathan (Glade’s) breaststroke is finally getting back to where it was last year,” Central coach Shawn Martin said. “He seems to be relaxing his stroke more. Our girls relays are also looking consistently strong. They are looking to be competitive in this district, despite having to move up and compete with some tough competition.” Central co-hosts the Dallas/Central Invitational Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Dallas Aquatic Center.