HRV swimming: ‘A great start to our season’


HRV Swimming in their first meet of the season beat The Dalles in both boys and girls competitions. Sarah Wang for HRV finished in 13th place for the Eagles and earned four total points for the girls.

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HRV Swimming in their first meet of the season beat The Dalles in both boys and girls competitions. Sarah Wang for HRV finished in 13th place for the Eagles and earned four total points for the girls.



The Hood River Valley swim team started their 2017-18 season last week at home and saw both their boys and girls teams dominate against The Dalles.

The boys had an impressive outing, beating The Dalles 67-30 while the girls won 126-31 in their dual meet.

Two first place finishes by the boys, from junior Chad Klaas and sophomore David Hecksel, led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points each.

Ethan Yokam and Adam Burke followed in scoring for the Eagles with 10 apiece and each finishing in third place, giving the Eagles to the top-four spots in the meet.

Other HRV boys results: Connor McElwee, six points, seventh place; Saylor Sundby, three points, ninth place; and Dylan Chambers, two points, 10th place.

For the girls, three of their 13 athletes placed in first and scored 12 points for the Eagles: seniors Courtney Castaneda and Allison Burke and sophomore Celilo Brun.

The first-place finishes were followed by fourth and fifth place finished by seniors Amber Kennedy and Yasmeen Ziada; giving the Eagles the top-five spots in the match.

Other HRV girls results: Lillie Tomlinson, seven points, seventh place; Alea McCarty, seven points, seventh place; Abigail McCormack, seven points, seventh place; Hazel Farr, five points, eleventh place; Sarah Wang, four points, 13th place; Theodora Parkinson, four points, 13th place; Jihan Ziada, two points, 15th place; and Francesca Mela, one point, 19th place.

“We had a great start to our season,” said Head Coach Kelly Cunningham. “A lot of great swims and many of our returning athletes are performing as well or better than last season. We have a larger team and I am looking forward to seeing how they do this season.”

The Eagles next home meet is Monday, Dec. 18 at the Hood River Aquatic Center, starting at 3:30 p.m.



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