Swimmers splash past foes at meets


News staff writer

July 26, 2006

The Hood River swim team was back in action over the weekend with a gaggle of swimmers competing at the Jay Rowen Open in Redmond, and 17-year-old Zed Debbaut swimming at the senior sectionals meet in Federal Way, Wash.

The sectionals meet was one step below national competition and it represented the first time in several years that a Hood River swimmer had competed at such a high level, according to Coach Shelly Rawding. Debbaut competed in the men’s senior 100 breast and 50-freestyle, finishing 80th in the breast and 86th in the freestyle.

At the Jay Rowen open Daniel Mears led the way, winning five of his six events and finishing second in the sixth race. Jacob Mears, Erin Nelson, Jessie Robertson and Connor Webb also recorded first place finishes for Hood River.

Jay Rowen Open highlights:

Corrie Brending (10)—

100 IM 3rd

50 fly 2nd

Sarah Brending (15)—

200 IM 4th

100 fly 4th

200 breast 3rd

Axel Cox (8)—

100 free 4th

Daniel Mears (8)—

25 back 1st

50 free 1st

25 fly 1st

Jacob Mears (11)—

100 fly 1st

50 fly 2nd

100 free 2nd

100 breast 1st

JJ Mears (5)—

50 free 2nd

Danielle Miller (9)—

100 back 3rd

200 IM 4th

Erin Nelson (9)—

400 free 1st

100 back 2nd

200 free 1st

Molly Nelson (7)—

100 IM 3rd

25 fly 3rd

50 back 3rd

Addison Redmond (11)—

50 breast 7th

Jessie Robertson (13)—

400 IM 1st

100 fly 1st

200 back 1st

Connor, Webb (11)—

100 free 1st

50 back 2nd

Kylie Webb (9)—

5o free 2nd

50 breast 2nd

200 free 2nd

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