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Eagle swimmers see success in first day at state

Feb. 18, 2011

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Connor Webb swims the breaststroke, Feb. 18, 2011

After several years of being a 6A also ran, the Hood River Valley swim team is relishing the spotlight at the 5A level.

The Eagles came to the meet with seven qualified swimmers and six of those will be moving on the championship finals tomorrow.

"We're looking at scoring some real points in the meet tomorrow," HRV coach Shea Macnab said.

Last year the Eagles sent just one through to the finals, Connor Webb, and that was a consolation heat.

Webb is back this year and qualified in the 200 IM and 100 breastroke finals with strong swims.

He will be the second seed in the 100 breast after a time of 1:02.11 in prelims and will be the fifth seed in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.73.

The two HRV girls relay teams again looked impressive.

The 200 medley team of Danielle Miller, Alyssa Walker, Rebekah Galvez and Taylor Tyynismaa dropped two seconds off its qualifying time with a swim of 2:00.01 to move up from the No. 7 qualifying seed to the No. 4 seeded team in the finals.

The 400 freestyle team of Miller, Walker, Kayla Schilling and Tyynismaa turned in an even more spectacular performance in the final event of the day.

Also seeded seventh, the 400 free team dropped dropped eight seconds off its qualifying time with a swim of 3:53.03 and will also be seeded fourth in the finals.

Three of the relay swimmers will also be moving on in indivudual finals tomorrow.

Tyynismaa swam a 25.32 to hold position as the second seed in the 50 freestyle and swam a 56.04 to qualify fifth in the 100 free.

Walker will be the second seed in the 100 fly after shaving two seconds off her time with a 1:00.17 swim. She is also the first alternate in the 200 freestyle final.

Miller qualified sixth in the 100 back after taking two seconds off her previous best to finish in 1:05.63.

In the 200 IM Miller dropped six seconds off her previous best but could not get past a fast field and finished 11th in the event.

In the 100 breast stroke Anika Engbersen finished in 11th place at 1:21.52.

"This is one of the most exciting meets I've ever coached," Macnab said. "Even just in terms of seeing the kids improving over the last week and taking even more time off their lifetime bests from last week."

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