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Swimming against year-round teams without a full squad Prineville settles for third out of four teams at the Jay Rowen Open

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Nathan DelaPena swims the butterfly during a recent practice. DelaPena placed in five events at the Jay Rowan Open this past weekend, including a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. After finishing first or second at each of their first two swim meets, the Prineville Swim Team had to settle for third this past weekend at the Jay Rowen Open, which was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 5-7.

Not only was the swim team competing against year-round programs, the meet was optional with several key team members opting not to compete.

The host Redmond Swim Team won the meet, with Albany finishing second, Prineville third and Klamath Basin fourth.

Prineville Swim Team head coach Halley Estes noted that Klamath Basin brought only a small contingent of swimmers and should be much stronger this coming weekend when they host a meet in Klamath Falls.

Although the Prineville Swim Team struggled at times to score Estes said that it was a valuable experience.

Typically at smaller swim meets, there are not enough judges to cover every lane completely. As a result, some things that are technically illegal go unnoticed.

That was not the case in Redmond.

"It was good for the kids to see all the stroke and turn judges," Estes said. "We had a lot of DQs (disqualifications) that they didn't know they were doing anything illegal. It was an eye opener and a technically very well run meet."

As well run as the meet was, the same can't be said for results. Meet organizers failed to send final team scores or results of the relay races to teams that competed in the meet.

Estes noted that as a whole the Prineville Swim Team did not have the depth to compete well in the relays, although the boys 13-14 age group fared well.

Individually, team members brought home six first and 11 second-place finishes.

In the longest races that the team will compete in all year, Rylee Sakraida picked up a first in the 800 freestyle with a time of 12:57.34, then doubled back to finish second in the 1,500 freestyle with a time of 24:50.71. Sakraida was also fifth in the 200 breaststroke, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, finishing a very busy week of swimming.

In the boys 11-12 age group, Donny Kerr picked up a pair of firsts and a couple of seconds.

Kerr won the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:55.65, then took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:32.43. His second-place finishes came in the 50 backstroke, 52.19, and 50 butterfly, 1:00.87. Kerr also picked up a sixth in the 50 freestyle.

Also swimming in the boys 11-12 age group, Rowan Lair picked up a first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 4:39.29. Lair was also third in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 50 backstroke and fifth in the 50 freestyle.

Picking up a first and a second was Brady Hugie, who competes in the boys 9-10 age group. Hugie won the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:37.06, and earned his second place finish in the 50 backstroke where he covered the distance in a time of 47.11. Hugie was also third in the 50 butterfly, fourth in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 50 breaststroke.

The final swim team member to earn a first-place finish was Garrett McMichael who won the boys 15-18 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:22.21. McMichael was also third in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 200 individual medley.

Although they did not win any events, several other swim team members had second-place finishes.

Swimming in the boys 13-14 age group, Zachary Levesque was second in both the 200 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke. Levesque also placed third in the 200 freestyle, fifth in the 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke.

In the boys 9-10 age group, Riddley Barker finished second in the 100 individual medley. Barker also picked up a fourth in the 50 breaststroke and a fifth in the 50 freestyle.

In the same age group, Logan Griffin finished second in the 100 freestyle, fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in both the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

In the girls eight and under age group, Kalea Griffin was second in the 50 backstroke, third in the 25 backstroke and 50 freestyle and fourth in the 25 freestyle.

In the same age group, Abigail Griffin was second in the 25 freestyle, and fourth in the 50 freestyle, 25 backstroke and 50 backstroke.

Also picking up a second-place finish was Emma Hehn, who placed second in the girls 15-18 400 freestyle. Hehn was also third in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle as well as picking up fourths in the 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke and a fifth-place finish in the 200 backstroke.

A number of other swim team members also placed in the meet.

In the girls eight and under age group, Kierra Harpole was third in the 100 freestyle, fifth in the 25 freestyle, 25 backstroke and 50 backstroke as well as sixth in the 50 freestyle. In the same age group, Claire Mickle picked up a sixth in the 25 backstroke.

In the girls 9-10 age group, Lilly Lane was sixth in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Swimming in the girls 11-12 age group, Addyson Stewart was fifth in the 100 individual medley while Pati Carne was sixth in the 200 individual medley. In the girls 13-14 age group, Gabriela Wood was fourth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 100 freestyle.

The final girl to earn a place was Victoria Coalwell who was fourth in the girls 15-18 100 butterfly, fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle.

For the boys, Lucas Foster was fourth in the eight and under 25 backstroke, and fifth in the 50 freestyle, 25 freestyle and 50 backstroke.

In the same age group, Gavin Tomlinson was third in the 25 backstroke, and fourth in the 25 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle.

In the boys 9-10 age group Soren Kerr was fourth in the 100 individual medley and fifth in the 100 freestyle while Colten Mcvicker was third in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle, fifth in the 50 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle.

Also swimming in the 9-10 age group, Owen Mickle was third in the 100 individual medley and sixth in the 100 backstroke while Reddick Lair was sixth in the 100 freestyle.

Skyler Gibson earned fourth-place finishes in the boys 11-12 50 butterfly and 50 breaststroke and fifth in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

Swimming in the boys 13-14 age group, Nathan DelaPena finished third in the 200 breaststroke, fourth in the 200 individual medley, fifth in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle and sixth in the 50 freestyle, while Cameron Carr was sixth in the 200 freestyle and Birch Barker was fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 butterfly.

The final swim team member to place was Marshall Raymond who was fifth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 backstroke in the boys 15-18 age group.

The swim team has just two meets remaining before the Cascade East District Championships, which will be held in John Day.

The team travels to Klamath Falls this Friday to compete in the Klamath Basin Invitational, then travels to John Day the following week before returning to John Day for the district championships, which will be held July 26-28.


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