December 7, 2005
With one of the biggest squads in the league this year, the Hood River Valley High School swim team hit the pool Saturday evening for the first meet of the season, against The Dalles-Wahtonka.
Outnumbering the opposition by about twice as many swimmers, the varsity boys swam to a 164-91 victory and the girls to a 140-42 win.
“It was probably the best start I’ve had in my four years as the coach,” said Coach Jane Nichols about the meet. “The team is going to do respectably this year. They will swim hard and they will do well, as we have a good, solid core of good swimmers. It will take a really good team to beat us.”
To The Dalles-Wahtonka’s credit, the Eagles could not sweep the Eagle-Indians, who had first place finishes in the boys’ 50-meter freestyle and the girls 200-meter IM and 100-meter back stroke.
Nichols credits the novice swimmers on the team for swimming well in their first-ever varsity meet, including standout races by McKenzie Baxter and Chris Vooster.
Several of the team’s returning swimmers made notable performances as well, many of whom posted best times in only the first meet of the season.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Nichols. “Many of the kids are already at or better than where they were at the end of last season.”
Next up for the team is a meet on Thursday, when they will travel through the Gorge to Gresham High School.
The following are varsity highlights from Saturday’s meet against The Dalles-Wahtonka:
First place in 200 medley, 200 free and 400 frees relays.
Zed Debbaut: First in 200 free, 100 back,
Peter Debbaut: First in 200 IM, 100 fly,
Henry Hunt: First in 100 free
Jordan Phillips: First in 50/100 free, 100 breast
First in 200 medley, 200 free, 400 free relays
Erin Jones: First in 200 free, 100 butterfly and 100 free
Allysa Johnisee: First in 200 free
Kari Hidle: First in 50 free
Nichole Shames: First in 50/100 free
Ariel MacMillan: First in 100 breast