Pictured is the 200 freestyle relay team of Dhani Freeland, Mariah Rawding, Kylie Webb and Erin Nelson.
The Hood River Valley Swim Team swam at the Western Speedo Sectional swimming championships in Gresham earlier this summer. The top individual finish for the HRVST was Scott Bergstrom with a fourth-place finish in the 200M butterfly (2:04.64). Meanwhile, three new team records were set at the meet by HRVST members. Kylie Webb broke a record last set by Bethany Pendleton in the 400M individual medley with a time of 5:17.96; the girls 200M medley relay of Danielle Miller, Kylie Webb, Dhani Freeland and Mariah Rawding swam to a 32nd-place finish and new team record with a 2:08.52; and the girls 200M freestyle relay of Kylie Webb, Erin Nelson, Dhani Freeland and Mariah Rawding swam to a team record 1:44.19 and finished 33rd overall.
Also this summer, HRVST sent swimmers to the Oregon Swimming 12 and under state championships in Bend. Sarah Arpag took top HRVST honors by breaking a team record set by Bethany Pendelton in the 10-year-old girls 100M freestyle with a time of 1:11.18. Her time was good enough for a third-place finish. Arpag had six top-6 finishes during the meet. Along with the 100M freestyle, she placed fourth in the 200M individual medley (3:02.40), 4th in 200M freestyle (2:38.27), 5th in the 50M butterfly (37.96), 5th in the 50M freestyle (32.90) and 6th in the 100M backstroke (1:25.26).
Other highlights from the meet are as follows: The 11-12 girls 400M freestyle relay team of Celilo Brun, Dacia Kasenga, Faith Ocheskey and Jade Smith finished 12th with a time of 5:07.14. Emilio Castaneda’s top place in the 12 year-old boys division was 13th in the 100M butterfly (1:22.39). Shea Kasenga’s top finish in the 10-year-old girls was 14th in the 50M breaststroke (49.41) and 9-year-old Thea Smith’s top placement was 11th in the 200M freestyle.