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Eight Prineville swimmers win races at second meet of the year as team takes third at invitational

Eight members of the Prineville Swim Team won races at this past weekend's Lakeview Invitational Swim Meet.

Still, despite having so many individual winners, the Prineville team slipped to third in the team standings. Prineville had finished second to the Bend Swim Team a week earlier in a home meet.

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Marah Binder swims the 50 freestyle at the swim team's meet in Prineville last week. Binder placed fifth in the 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, and 200 IM as well as taking sixth place finishes in the 50 free and 400 free as Prineville finished third in the team scoring at Lakeview this past weekend. Lakeview, who Prineville had defeated the week before, easily won the meet, amassing 602 points to win by nearly 100.

Klamath Basin Aquatics was second with 508 points, followed closely by the Prineville Swim Team with 496 points. The John Day Swim Team was a distant fourth with 247 points.

Eight-year-old Riddley Barker picked up the first win for Prineville, taking first in the 25-meter breaststroke with a time of 37.35. Barker also picked up a second in the 25 free with a time of 26.09, and was third in both the 50 freestyle and the 25 back with times of 57.27 and 29.38, respectively.

Eleven-year-old Maison Bell also picked up a first to go along with a pair of seconds.

Bell won the 11-12 age group in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 52.94, then came back to finish second in the 200 freestyle (3:33.37) and 50 backstroke (52.34).

For the second consecutive week, 6-year-old James Fewell won an event, taking first in the 6U 25 freestyle with a time of 44.43.

Teagan Freeman had the best meet of her career, winning the 13-14 200 freestyle in a time of 2:48.50. Freeman was also second in the 50 freestyle (33.87), and 100 butterfly (1:43.44) and finished third in both the 100 breast stroke (1:46.89) and 200 individual medley (3:23.25).

Racing in the 8U category, Brady Hugie picked up the first win of his career, winning the 25 freestyle with a time of 25.22.

As happened the first meet of the year, Garrett McMichael had another outstanding meet, picking up firsts in both the 100 breast stroke (1:25.57) and 200 individual medley (2:54.66). The 15-year-old McMichael was also second in the 100 backstroke (1:29.00) and third in both the 200 freestyle (2:39.72) and 400 freestyle (5:57.65).

Emilio Todd also picked up a pair of first-place finishes, winning the 15-18 50 free with a time of 30.47 and the 100 butterfly in 1:18.47. Todd was also third in both the 200 individual medley (3:05.69) and 400 individual medley (7:17.96).

The final Prineville athlete to win an event was Paige Wood, who finished the meet with two firsts, three seconds and a third.

The 8-year-old Wood won the 25 backstroke in 29.57 and was first in the 25 breaststroke with a time of 32.56. Wood's second place finishes were in the 25 free (24.70), 50 free (1:01.15), and 100 individual medley (2:49.84), while she was third in the 25 butterfly (38.51).

Although no other Prineville competitors won races, several others also had solid meets.

Eight-year-old Lilly Amen was second in the 25 butterfly with a time of 34.88 and finished third in both the 25 freestyle (28.12) and 50 free (1:08.37).

Also picking up a third-place finish was 11-year-old Birch Barker with a time of 3:36.25 in the 200 free.

Nine-year-old Caleb Decker earned a second and two thirds at the meet. Decker was second in the 100 individual medley with a time of 2:12.29 and picked up his third-place finishes in the 50 backstroke (1:06.90), and 50 butterfly (1:11.62).

Five-year-old Thaddaeus Estes earned a third in the 25 free with a time of 1:07.56, while 8-year-old Gretchen Fewell was second in the 25 breast stroke with a time of 40.97.

Emma Holliday also picked up a second, swimming the 12U 200-meter freestyle in 3:19.45.

Her brother, Wyatt Holliday, earned a pair of thirds in the 100 breaststroke (1:50.07) and 100 butterfly (2:02.03), while Emma Hehn was third in the 15-18 50 free with a time of 33.41.

Brother and sister Zachary and Mia Levesque each picked up a pair of thirds as Mia finished with times of 34.78 and 42.09, respectively, in the 8U 25 backstroke and 25 breaststroke, while Zachary had his results in the 11-12 50 breaststroke, 59.23, and 50 butterfly, 1:04.25.

The final person to pick up third places for Prineville was Nathan Todd, who earned a third in the 13-14 200 freestyle (3:07.16) and 200 individual medley (3:48.57).

The swim team is back in action this weekend when they compete in Redmond.

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