Gators shine at state swim meet
Competing in the Oregon Swimming 11-and-over championships, Ethan Beck advanced to finals in both of his events on July 25-28 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
And then the Canby 11-year-old only got faster, moving up from seventh in prelims to sixth in the 50-meter backstroke finals in 38.03 seconds and from eighth to fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1 minute and 20.32 seconds.
"I remembered to count my strokes and kick hard," Beck said. "I'm faster in backstroke than most of my other strokes. It's pretty easy to understand backstroke, not like breaststroke and butterfly."
The Canby Gators had five top eight swims at the long course state meet.
Cameron Miller also improved on his prelims showing in finals. After posting the fifth and seventh best times in the 200 and 100 butterfly, the Canby 14-year-old finished fourth and sixth.
Jamison Chard then placed eighth in the boys 14-year-old 800 free in 10:15.11.
"I was excited for it and my warmup felt really good," said Chard, who also swam the 100 back, 200 back, 50 free and 100 free at the state meet.
Ethan Beck's older brother, Isaac, 13, helped Canby's 400 free and 400 medley relays cut time and both place 12th.
"I was excited to do a relay because you're not swimming for yourself, you're swimming for your whole group," Isaac Beck said.
Miller, Chard and Whyley Pierce also swam on the relays. Pierce's best individual event was the 100 back. He finished ninth in prelims in 1:10.37.
Riley Lawler placed 12th in the girls 15-and-over 800 free in 10:12.89 and 18th in the 1500 free in 20:06.13.
The Canby Gators final meet of the summer is the Bend Open on Aug. 9-11 at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.
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