Club swimming — All 47 Chehalem Swim Team members record at least one personal-best time at the season-opening meet in Newberg

The Chehalem Swim Team kicked off the fall season with a bang, as the Sharks placed third in their own Harvest Open, will 100 of its swimmers in attendance recording at least one new personal-best time.

“It’s extremely unusual for us to get everybody swimming a PR this early in the season,” head coach George Sampson said. “The kids have been training extremely hard and it shows that they did some cross training over the break in August and September. They’ve come back really strong and very focused.”

Leading the way was 16-year-old David Flores Juarez, who placed third in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.89 and fifth in the 200 IM in 2:09.52, both of which were personal records.

Flores Juarez was nipped by just .32 seconds for fourth place by teammate Bjorn Larsen in the 200 IM, with Larsen also placing sixth in the 50 free in 23.70.

Among the athletes setting new personal marks in all the events they entered were 16-year-old Evan Ball, 13-year-old Tina Childress and 12-year-old Trey Fincher.

Fincher and fellow 12-year-old James Busch both bested the CST team record in the 1,000 free, which was previously owned by Busch, but now belongs to Fincher.

“The kids got off to a great start and are swimming faster now than they did last spring at their championship meet,” Sampson said. “So our fitness level is doing really well.”

Sampson was also pleased to see the number of club members participating at this particular meet up to 47, the highest level in five years. After having just 42 total swimmers when he took over two years ago, Sampson is also thrilled to have 72 full-time swimmers and 22 part-timers for a total of 94.

“Everyone had outstanding swims,” Sampson said. “The team is extremely strong.”

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