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Results of contested meet are finally in, host Lakeview team holds on for first

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zachary Levesque works on his freestyle technique at a recent practice. Levesque scored 10 points at the Lakeview Lions Invitational to help the Prineville Swim Team to second place in the meet. When the Prineville Swim Team left Lakeview on Sunday, July 30, they had no idea who had won the Lakeview Lions Invitational.

The Hi-Desert Swim Team from Burns had contested the meet, so instead of sending out partial results, meet organizers held the results pending the results of a hearing.

"One of the races at the end, some people weren't paying attention and didn't get up on the blocks on time, so one of the coaches challenged the meet," Prineville Swim Team assistant coach Joey Hehn said early last week. "So, we don't have results yet."

The results are finally in and the host Lakeview squad was able to pull away late to win the meet.

Lakeview finished with 603 points, while Prineville was second with 526 points.

Klamath Basin Aquatics finished third with 446 points, while Hi-Desert Swim Team was a distant fourth with 223 points.

John Day Swim Team, which brought just a small group of swimmers, was fifth with 126 points, while Kamehameha Swim Club finished sixth with 21 points.

"The kids worked really hard," Hehn said. "It's a long trip, so they were tired, but they worked really hard. We took a good group of swimmers, not everybody, but I think we took about 50 people and we had everyone from about 4 to 18 swimming, which was exciting,"

Swimming in the 11-12 age group, Pati Carne led all Prineville swimmers in scoring with 41 points. Carne won the girls 12 and under 200 freestyle, the girls 12U 50 backstroke, 100 individual medley, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle.

Two other Prineville girls also had outstanding meets.

Swimming in the 15-18 age group, Emma Hehn picked up 39 points for the team, while Paige Wood, who swam in the 10 and under age group, scored 32 points.

Hehn won the 200 individual medley, the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle, while Woods earned her points despite winning just one race, the girls 50 breaststroke.

For the boys team, Bradie Hugie, Garrett McMichael and Wyatt King were the high-point earners for Prineville.

Swimming in the 10 and under age group, Hugie finished with 37 points, while McMichael earned 29 points in the boys 15-18 age group, and King finished with 24 points in the 10 and under age group.

Hugie took first in the 50 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke and the 100 individual medley, while McMichael was first in the 100 breaststroke.

The only other Prineville Swimmer to win a race was Adisynne Hensley, who won the 6U 25 backstroke and 25 freestyle. However, neither event counted in the meet scoring.

Other Prineville Swim Team girls who figured in the scoring included Madilyn Bell, 12 points; Emma Holliday, 10 points; Keera Morgan, eight points; Mia Levesque, three points; Lilly Lane, three points; Pyper Wilson, two points; Gretchen Fewell, one point; and Hensley, one point.

For the boys, Riddley Barker finished with 18 points; Duke Wentzel, 16 points; Jimmie Fewell, 12 points; Caleb Decker, 12 points; Zachary Levesque, 10 points; Birch Barker, six points; Landon Lockling, five points; Nathan DelaPena, three points; Wyatt Holliday, three points; Dami Spry, three points; Maison Bell, two points and Marshal Raymond, two points.

A portion of the Prineville Swim Team competed in Redmond at the Jay Rowen Open over the Fourth of July weekend. Results are not yet available for that meet.

The team was originally scheduled to send some swimmers to Burns this coming weekend and some to Klamath Falls.

Instead, the coaching staff decided to send the entire team to Klamath Falls with swimming starting this Friday evening and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

Following the meet in Klamath Falls, the team has just one meet remaining before the Cascade East District Finals.

Prineville will travel to John Day for a meet that runs from July 19-21, then will return to John Day for districts July 26-28.

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