Osprey swim team setting new standards

Personal bests and a new team record show that the Ospreys’ hard work is paying off

December 17, 2005

The Hood River Swim Team Ospreys excelled in the recent Kelso Winter Blast swim meet in Kelso, Wash. Highlights for the Ospreys include dozens of first place finishes and best times, three “State- A” times, a new Age Group Sectional Time and a new Ospreys team record in the 1,000-meter freestyle.

“We had an incredible number of outstanding swims,” Ospreys’ coach Shelly Rawding commented. “There were big time drops by all the kids … All their hard work early in the season is starting to pay off.”

Hood River Valley High School freshman Erin Jones set a new Ospreys’ 13-14 girls 1,000-meter freestyle record with a time of 11:16.95, which was also good enough for a first place finish at the Kelso Winter Blast. The old record, set in 1998 by Katie Haney, was 11:26.26.

New “State-A” times were achieved by Daniel Mears in the 50-meter backstroke, by Erin Nelson in the 100-meter freestyle and by Connor Batty in the 100-meter breast stroke, while HRVHS swimmer Zed Debbaut set a new Age Group Sectional time in the 100-breast stroke.

Kelso Winter Blast highlights:

Connor Batty (12) —

50 fly, 100 fly 2nd

100 back, 100 breast 2nd

Matthew Bergstrom (9) —

50 fly, 100 fly 1st

50 free 2nd

Scott Bergstrom (11) —

50, 100, 200

500 free 1st

200 IM 1st

Axel Cox (12) —

50 back 7th

Peter Debbaut (15) —

200 back 1st

100 free, 400 IM 2nd

Zed Debbaut (17) —

100 breast 1st

100 back, 100 fly 2nd

Erin Jones (14) —

200 free, 200 IM, 1st

100 breast 1,000 free 1st

200 breast, 500 free 2nd

Daniel Mears (7) —

25 free, breast, fly, back 1st

50 back, 50 breast 1st

100 IM, 100 free 1st

Jacob Mears (10) —

50 breast 2nd

50 fly, 50 back 3rd

100 breast, 200 IM — 3rd

JJ Mears (5) —

25 free 2nd

25 back 3rd

Erin Nelson (9) —

100 free 2nd

100 back 3rd

Jacob Rawding (9) —

200 IM 4th

50 free, 100 breast 5th

Mariah Rawding (9) —

500 free 1st

100 breast 2nd

Jessie Robertson (12) —

100 back, free and breast 1st

50 free, 200 IM 1st

Connor Webb (10) —

50 free, 100 IM 1st

50 back, 50 fly 2nd

100 free, 200 IM 2nd

Kylie Webb (8) —

25 fly, 50 fly, 100 free 1st

25 breast, 25 free 2nd

50 free, 50 breast, 100 IM 2nd

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