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Prineville Swim Team and Lakeview locked in tight battle for first before meet is contested

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Pati Carne was one of three Prineville Swim Team members who coaches said had especially good meets in Lakeview. The other two were Zachary Levesque and Emma Hehn.In one of the strangest swim meets in recent memory, the Prineville Swim Team competed in the Lakeview Invitational this past weekend.

The five-team meet was a tight competition between the host team and Prineville.

However, a protest filed by Hi-Desert Swim Team of Burns has prevented the final results from being released.

Prineville, which took 50 swimmers to the meet, and Lakeview were in a back-and-forth competition the entire weekend until late in the meet.

Then, as a result of some confusion, a couple of swimmers failed to make it to the starting line for a race.

One of those swimmers was from the Prineville Swim Team and the other was from Hi-Desert.

Prineville Swim Team head coach Halley Estes said that she told her swimmer that she was sorry for any confusion, but that the swimmer was responsible for getting to the starting block on time.

Hi-Desert's coach took a different tact, protesting not only the one race, but the entire meet, claiming that the officials mismanaged the event.

The protest was filed despite the fact that Hi-Desert was in last place at the time and likely will remain so.

With the results of the meet sent to the state governing body, event organizers elected to withhold all results.

The results will be made public once the state governing body hears the case and makes a ruling.

Prineville's coaching staff noted that Pati Carne, Zachary Levesque and Emma Hehn all had outstanding performances in Lakeview.

No other results from the meet were available.

The Prineville Swim Team will be back in action starting today at the Redmond Invitational. Swimming will continue through Sunday afternoon.

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