Athletes from three local swim clubs participated in the highlight meet of the year last weekend at the state long-course championships hosted by Mt. Hood Community College.
The 26-member Mt. Hood Aquatics Club, guided by coach Skip Runkle, reached their peak performance level. Standout swimmers Owen Ngan and Katie Simon both swam to impressive victories at the USA Swimming-sanctioned meet, which brought almost 800 swimmers to town.
"This is a big event and it's more of a developmental meet for our senior team," said Runkle. "Owen has had a really good meet and he's really one of the top swimmers in the state in the age 14 classification."
Ngan swam to a personal-record time of 4:17.52 to take first place in the boys age 14 and over 400-meter freestyle Friday to earn a gold medal. On Thursday, Ngan swam to second-place finishes in the 200 medley (2:15.48). Ngan was a four-time state champion as he also won the 400 medley Saturday and doubled up in the 200 and 1,500 breaststroke races on Sunday.
Ngan qualified for the Western Zone Age Group Championships Aug. 9-12, in Roseville, Calif., along with his teammate Justin Logue.
Julie Schwam, of the David Douglas Aquatics Club, earned top-eight finishes in each of her six races and also qualified for the Western Zone championships.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Wednesday, Aug. 2, print edition.