HRVST wins Gorge Invitational

Team prepares for Eastern Oregon Championships

The Hood River Valley Swim Team won the Columbia Gorge Summer Invitational last weekÿend at the Hood River Aquatic Center, posting a whopping 1,483 total points.

Featuring teams from all over Oregon and Washington -- even one team from Maui, Hawaii -- the annual event boasted quality competition, but ended with the locals stealing the show.

"It was fun to have this kind of success at our home pool," coach Shelly Rawding said. "We were very pleased with the results."

Three particular HRV swimÿmers were responsible for drownÿing the competition. Neticia Enesi set not one, not two, but five meet records in the 13-14 girls division, winning the 200-yard backstroke, 50 free, 100 free, 100 butterfly and 500 free.

Oliver Burton set four records of his own in the 15-18 boys diviÿsion, winning the 100 breastroke, 100 free, 200 free and 200 fly. He didn't break every record, but he won just about every race, also posting victories in the 50 free, 400 individual medley, 200 IM, 200 breast and 200 fly.

Justine Rawding managed to leave the competition in her wake as well, setting two meet records (100 breast and 200 fly) in the 13-14 girls division. Rawding also swam away with the 200 free, 100 back and 200 breastroke titles.

Another top finisher was 9-10 girls sensation Erin Jones, who notched victories in the 100 back, 50 breast, 200 IM, 100 IM, 100 breast, 100 free and 50 fly. Not to be outdone, Jessie Robertson also had a big day in the 8 & under girls competition, taking the blue ribbon in six events: 25 fly, 50 back, 100 IM, 25 breast, 100 free and 50 fly.

Other first-place finishers from the HRV Swim Team included Haley Zaik-Hodgkins (8 & under girls 25 back and 25 free), Alyssa Walker (8 and under girls 50 breast), Danielle Shames (9-10 girls 100 fly), Adi Robertson (11-12 girls 100 back), Brett Rawding (11-12 boys 100 back and 50 back), Louis Deÿsitter (13-14 boys 200 breast and 100 fly), and Amanda Birch (15-18 girls 50 free).

Six HRV relay teams also won their respective age groups, inÿcluding one team -- the 13-14 boys 200 freestyle relay team of Erik Hidle, Louis Desitter, Henry Burÿton and Oliver Burton -- that set a meet record with a time of 1:43.03.

Rawding attributed much of the meet's success to the huge swimÿmer turnout that included 39 local participants, and the new elecÿtronic timing system, donated by the Hood River Lion's Club.

"The electronic timing system added a new dimension to the meet," she said. "We also had the brains behind the buttons, so everything worked out well."

The HRVST will complete the summer season with the Eastern Oregon Swim District Chamÿpionships Aug. 10-12 in Pendleton.

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