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HRV swim girls take fifth at state

Feb. 23, 2011

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Eagle Swimmers Taylor Tyynismaa, Rebekah Galvez, Danielle Miller and Alyssa Walker pose for the cameras after a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

That must have some powerful pasta.

After dropping a combined 10 seconds off their times in Friday's preliminaries, the Hood River Valley girls 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams finished fourth in both events to lead the Eagles to a fifth-place team finish at the 5A OSAA state swimming championships Saturday.

"We're going to keep eating Taylor's (Tyynismaa) mom's pasta," said Rebekah Galvez, who swam the third leg of the 200 freestyle at Mt. Hood Community College.

"It was good fettuccine alfredo," added Danielle Miller, who swam the second leg in both the 200- and 400-yard events.

The Eagles may make Terri Tyynismaa's noodles a tradition after watching seven swimmers compete at state, with six moving on to the second day.

"It was good pasta," Connor Webb said.

Webb was the sole representative from the HRV boys but turned in a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth-place finish in the 200-yard IM. Between the two events, he trimmed six seconds off his time from the preliminaries to the finals.

Webb was three seconds off the pace of North Eugene's Cameron Lindsey in the 100 breast finals, but Tyynismaa came oh-so-close to a state title in the 50 free when she was edged out by Erika Twenge of Crescent Valley by a time of 25.03 to 25.44.

"Fifth place is more than I expected coming in," HRV coach Shea Macnab said. "For us to be fifth is awesome and it's a pretty impressive performance."

It was not just the relay teams that dropped big chunks of time Friday to move into the finals; practically every Eagles swimmer was shaving off significant time.

Alyssa Walker trimmed two seconds off her previous best in the 100 butterfly in the prelims and finished fifth in the finals.

Tyynismaa trimmed a second off her previous best in the 50 free prelims and then took 1.5 seconds off her previous best 100 freestyle time in the prelims.

She finished fourth in the finals with a time of 56.13.

Danielle Miller finished sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.06, taking nearly .6 off her time from the prelims. In the preliminaries she took (?) seconds off her previous best.

She took six seconds off her previous best in the 200 IM, but failed to advance past the preliminaries.

"Danielle consistently dropped time and for a freshman to perform under pressure like that is great," Macnab said.

In the 100 breaststroke preliminaries Anika Engbersen finished in 11th place at 1:21.52.

The Eagles 200-yard medley relay team of Miller, Walker, Galvez and Tyynismaa moved up from seventh seed in the preliminaries to the fourth seed for the finals with Galvez and Tyynismaa combining to post a strong final two legs.

The Eagles also moved up the fourth in the 400 free relay after Miller, Walker, Kayla Schilling and Tyynismaa trimmed two seconds off in that event.

In both finals races, Tyynismaa turned in torrid times in the anchor legs, finishing the final leg in the 200 medley relay in 24.90 and then turning in a 55.55 in the 400 free.

All of the swimmers are juniors and under for HRV, and hope they hope to keep up the success next year.

"This is one of the most exciting meets I've ever coached," Macnab said after the preliminaries. "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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