Three Prineville swimmers earn age group high-point honors at meet

With nearly a third of the team not attending, Prineville Swim Team Head Coach Raquel Swain knew that it would be a long shot for her squad to finish high in the standings at the Lakeview Invitational Swim Meet.

Still, when swimmers left the pool for the final time Sunday afternoon, the swim team found themselves in third place at the five-team PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM MARSHALL
 - Kami Ackley nears the finish line of the 25-meter freestyle event. Ackley was high point earner in the 8 and under division.

“We only took 24 swimmers so that was pretty good,” Swain said. “Lakeview has a new pool so its 25-meters now and the kids did a good job of adjusting to that. With slick walls on their turns they did really well even with that.”

Klamath Basin Aquatic Club won the event, while the host Lakeview squad was second. High Desert Swim Team of Burns finished fourth, while the John Day Swim Team trailed the field.

Four swimmers had especially outstanding meets for Prineville. Kami Ackley earned high point honors in the girls 8-and-under division, while Thomas Burleigh did the same in the boys 13-14 age group.

“Kami is already swimming some B standard times,” Swain said. “And Thomas is doing really well.”

In the 15-18 age group, Bailey Parrot won five events, picking up 40 points. However, teammate Cody Thurman finished the meet with high-point honors in the division despite winning just one event.

“Bailey took home first in everything he swam,” Swain said. “Cody came in second in everything and then won the event that Bailey didn’t swim.”

The extra race earned Thurman a total of 41 points to earn first place in the division.

Two other swimmers also earned praise from Swain. According to Swain, Teagan Freeman, a first-year swimmer, who did not swim in the first meet of the year, was impressive in her first outing.

Also earning praise was Jacob Crumrine.

“Jacob surprised me this week,” Swain said. “He really turned the juice on this week.”by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM MARSHALL
 - Jacob Crumrine competes in the butterfly at Lakeview.

The swim team is back in action this weekend when they compete in Burns, the site of next month’s district championships. Swimming starts Friday evening at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon.

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