SANDY — The Intermountain Conference district swim meet is at least two months away, but a group of hard-working HRV athletes is already eyeing state.
Seniors Erik Hidle, Sean Jennings, Cody MacMillan and Daniel Chance, along with junior Henry Burton, each improved on their 2002 Mt. Hood Conference district times last Thursday when the Eagles traveled to Sandy to face the Pioneers and Centennial.
“A lot of the boys’ times were already better than their district performances last season,” coach Jane Nichols said. “And we’re only two meets in.”
Hidle won the 50 free with a time of 23.45 seconds — nearly two seconds better than his district time — and the 100 free with a time of 55 seconds flat (also a two-second improvement).
Burton won the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.12, which was five seconds better than his district time, and finished second in the 500 free at 5:25.27.
Jennings took third in the 100 free with a time of 55.92 (three second improvement) and also finished third in the 100 breast (1:09.95).
MacMillan barely edged out Jennings for second place in the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.56 (two-second improvement), and also fared well in the 200 IM, taking second place at 2:21.19.
Chance improved on his district times in the 100 back (1:05.6; three seconds) and 100 fly (1:03.61; one second better), taking first place in both events.
In addition, all three boys relay teams won. The 200 medley relay team finished at 1:50.52 — three seconds better than district — while the 200 free relay also finished three seconds better at 1:41.40. The 400 free relay took top honors with a time of 3:45. All told, the boys team won eight of 11 events.
The girls team also had a strong outing at Sandy, posting four second places and four thirds. Sophomore Kelsey Hale took home second in the 50 free (31.13) and 100 fly (1:19.62), while senior Joyce Yang took second in the 100 free with a time of 1:08.85, and third in the 200 free at 2:39.51.
Freshman Kendra Mohar finished third in the 100 back (1:29.53) and freshman Nicole Shames finished third in the 50 free (31.23) and fourth in the 500 free (6:44.88). Elsie Denton also performed well, taking fourth in the 100 breast (1:33.98).
“I’m really excited to see how we do in Bend,” Nichols said of this weekend’s four-team IMC dual meet, “because the effort and the attitude on the team have been superb so far.”