HRVST athletes are in the photo at left are (left to right): Dhani Freeland, Nadia Smith, Clayton Lee, Faith Ocheskey, Celilo Brun, and Jade Smith.
The Hood River Valley Swim Team competed at the Portland Aquatic Club’s Fall-In Invitational this past weekend at the Dishman Pool in Portland. A fun highlight of the weekend’s competition included one of the HRV Osprey swimmers achieving their very first state “A” qualifying times — Maxwell Graves (8 and Under boys) in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time 56.75 second. This allows Max to compete with the fastest swimmers in the state at the Oregon Swimming 10 & Under Championships in February in that event.
The Osprey had many other notable swims. Dhani Freeland (15 & Over girls) had the fastest 200-yard individual medley in her age group for a win in that event, and was our only event winner this weekend. Freeland also finished second in the 200-yard free, third in both the 100-yard free and 100-yard butterfly and was fifth in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle events.
Nadia Smith (15 & Over girls) had three top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, sixth place in the 200-yard freestyle and 10th place in the 100-yard butterfly.
Celilo Brun (13-14 girls) did a personal best in the 200-yard butterfly and finished second in that event along with two other top-10 finishes in the 200-yard IM (fifth) and the 200-yard breaststroke (eighth). Clayton Lee (13-14 boys) broke into the top 10 with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Faith Ocheskey (13-14 girls) scored with a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and achieved a “B” time in both the 200-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle events. Jade Smith (13-14 girls) broke into the top 10 with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.
Miyuki Gerald (11-12 girls) dropped five seconds off her personal best time in the 50-yard breaststroke.
Skyla Hollowell (9-10 girls) swam to a fifth-place finish in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard IM and achieved her first 10-year-old state “A” qualifying time in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 37.85 and a seventh-place finish. Nora Sandoval (9-10 girls) scored points in the 200-yard freestyle with an 11th-place finish. Thea Smith (9-10 girls) had top-10 finishes in all four of her events — third place in the 200-yard freestyle, sixth in the 100-yard IM, eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle event. Ivy Collins (9-10 girls) had a three-second drop for a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle, plus, swam two new events she had never done before, including the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke events. Michelle Graves (9-10 girls) swam to state “A” qualifying times in all four of her events, including the 200-yard freestyle, a new event she hadn’t competed in before. She also placed in the top 10 with seventh-place finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard IM events.
The 8 and Under team also had a great meet.
Willow Hollowell (8) placed fourth in both the 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard breaststroke events, and was fifth in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard IM. James Schofield (8) dropped six seconds off his 25-yard freestyle time from when he swam it last month and dropped five seconds off his 25-yard backstroke. Oliver Schofield (8) placed in the top 10 in all three of his events — eighth in the 50-yard freestyle, ninth in the 25-yard backstroke, and 10th in the 25-yard freestyle.
Leah Sandoval (7) dropped more than three seconds in both her 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke events.
Claire Couvreux (5) did a best time in her 25-yard backstroke, while Colin Gerald (8) dropped 18 seconds off his 25-yard backstroke as well.