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Bend runs away with invitational, but Prineville beats other teams from Cascade East District

It was no surprise that the Bend Swim Team ran away with the eight-team Prineville Invitational Meet this past weekend.

After all, the Bend squad is a year-round program with an indoor pool, while most of the remaining teams swim outdoors, just in the summer.LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Garrett McMichael races in the 100-meter freestyle race at last weekend's Prineville Invitational. McMichael placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:10.16. McMichael, 15, led the swim team in scoring with 35 points.

However, there was a big surprise as the host Prineville Swim team came away with second place in the team scoring.

Prineville managed the second place team finish, despite having just one athlete win a scoring event.

"I was very happy that we took second place," said Prineville Swim Team head coach Halley Estes. "That's very good for who was there."

Swimming in the 15 and over age group, Garrett McMichael came away with a pair of firsts for Prineville.

McMichael, who is something of a distance specialist, took first in the 200 breast stroke and 200 individual medley with times of 3:06.57 and 2:55.75, respectively. In addition, he placed second in the 200 back stroke (3:10.85) and the 100 breast stroke (1:23.88) as well as taking third in the 100 back stroke (1:25.15).

With the strong showing, McMichael finished with 35 team points to lead Prineville.

Two other Prineville swimmers also won races. However, they were in nonscoring events as their age group is allowed to compete but does not score points unless they can place in the next age group up.

Six-year-old James Fewell earned his first in the 25 freestyle with a time of 37.11, while fellow 6-year-old Ellie Grogan placed first in the 25 back stroke with a time of 40.34.

After McMichael, 16-year-old Emma Hehn was the next highest point earner for Prineville, amassing 32 points.

Hehn finished second in both the 200 freestyle (2:44.44) and 200 breast stroke (3:32.42). She also picked up a third in the 200 back stroke (3:18.83).

The next two high scorers for Prineville were Duke Wentzel and Emilio Todd, who each scored 20 points.

Swimming in the 9-10 age group, Wentzel picked up his highest finish in the 100 freestyle, where he placed second in 1:40.33. Wentzel was also third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 45.25.

Todd finished with three thirds in the 15 and over age group with times of 29.64 in the 50 freestyle, 1:23.84 in the 100 butterfly, and 3:08.71 in the 200 individual medley.

Colin White, 16, also had a solid meet, earning 19 points. White's highest finishes were a second in the 200 freestyle (2:48.43) and a third-place finish in the 100 breast stroke (1:36.64).

Paige Wood, 8, also had a great meet for Prineville, picking up 17 points. Wood's highest finish was a second in the 100 individual medley with a time of 2:34.41. Wood also picked up a third-place finish in the 25 backstroke with a time of 28.67.

Twenty-year-old Bailey Parrott, who is an assistant coach for the team, also scored 17 points, despite swimming in just four races.

Parrott was second in both the 100 back stroke (1:14.49) and 50 freestyle (27.19) and third in the 100 freestyle (1:02.45).

Eight-year-old Maison Bell scored 15 team points and took second in the 100 breast stroke (1:55.63) and third in the 50 breast stroke (52.73).

Eight-year-old Riddley Barker also scored 15 points. His highest finishes were thirds in the 25 freestyle (23.20) and 50 back stroke (1:09.23).

Right behind Barker in scoring was fellow 8-year-old Luke Grogan, won finished with 14.5 points.

Grogan was second in the 50 freestyle (53.02) and third in the 25 back stroke (1:04.43).

Also finishing with double digit points was Zachary Levesque, 11, who finished with 10 points. Levesque's highest finish was in the 100 breast stroke, where he finished in third with a time of 2:00.24.

Although he did not figure into the scoring, 5-year-old Thaddaeus Estes also had a solid meet, taking a pair of nonscoring thirds.

Other swim team members to score points included Noah Todd, eight points, Nathan Todd, four points, Nevaeh Tyler, two points, Dallen Nixon, one point, Lilly Amen, two points, Birch Barker, three points, Madilyn Bell, one point, Marah Binder, four points, Grace Brooks, six points, Kaylee Car, one point, Nathan DelaPena, two points, Gretchen Fewell, two points, Hannah Hamlin, four points, Emma Holliday, four points, Wyatt Holliday, seven points, Bradie Hugie, one point, and Mckenzie Jonas, four points.

Not only was Estes happy with the team's finish, she was also pleased with how smoothly the three-day meet ran.

"It went very smoothly," she said. "We were done in five hours the first day and 4.5 the second day, so it ran quickly and well."

In addition, Estes noted that the team should be even stronger in the future as they have a transfer who swam last year in Alaska and swam unattached this past weekend, but will be eligible to join the team for their next meet.

The swim team will be back in action this weekend beginning on Friday as they compete in the Lakeview Invitational.

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