Swimmers make splash at home

HOOD RIVER — Youth swimmers from throughout the state descended upon the Hood River Aquatic Center last weekend for the annual Diamond Fruit Harvest of Gold Invitational.

Teams from Portland, Gresham, Bend, The Dalles and Vancouver, Wash., joined the Hood River Valley Swim Team for three days of racing.

The local boys standout was Scott Bergstrom, who set a new team record in the 8-and-under boys 25 free (15.75 seconds), good for second-place overall.

“There were nine new meet records set for the boys, so it was a very fast race for them,” said coach Shelly Rawding.

Girls standouts included Justine Rawding (4th, 15-and-over 200 breast; 6th, 200 back); Mariah Rawding (2nd place, 8-and-under 25 fly — new state “A” qualifying time); and Erin Jones (3rd place, 11-12 girls 100 IM; 5th place in 100 breast and 50 free).

“Overall, we made lots of improvements as a team, and we also qualified a couple kids for state,” Rawding said.

Another highlight for HRVST was that the Harvest of Gold meet marked the first-ever meet for four swimmers: Ellie Ancheyta, Kaylee Demchuk, Ian Hunt and Aaron Ross.

Hunt earned a 14th place finish in the 9-10 boys 50 free; Ross placed 17th in the 9-10 boys 50 free; Demchuk placed 16th in the 8-and-under girls 25 free and 18th in the 25 back; and Ancheyta placed 20th in the 9-10 girls 50 back and 21st in the 50 free.

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