All season, strong depth has been a big strength for the Langley Saxons.
That team attribute was never more evident than at the boys 6D North Region swimming and diving championships, helping the high-school team win the title with 287 points, 17 more than the runner-up and defending champion Oakton Cougars. The order of finish was reversed last season.
Langley, which last won a region crown in 2016, was victorious this winter despite having no individual champions.
“Traditionally, Langley has had strong and deep teams. But this year especially we have great depth and very deep talent,” Langley coach Ben Hilt said. “That definitely helped. We expected to do well, and we thought it was possible to win the region.”
Helping the Saxons were runner-up finishes in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and a seventh in the 200 free relay.
Individually, Langley’s top finisher was Johnny Bradshaw, with a second in the 50 free and a third in the 100 breaststroke. Robert Luebke was second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 100 free; Daniel Coughlin was fifth in the 500 free; Jacob Lee sixth in the 100 butterfly; Daevin Oey fifth in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free; Ryan Dix ninth in the fly and 15th in the 100 free; Miles Young eighth in the 500 free; and John Rieling placed 10th in the 500 free. In diving Matteo Vasiliadis was third and Danny McGaughey sixth.
“We got points in a lot of events,” Hilt said.
PHOTO: The Langley High School boys swim and dive team gather with the region-championship banner. (Langley High School)