Matt Bergstrom wins state titles

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

July 19, 2006

New team records, new personal best times, a few new faces and a new state champion were the order of the day at the 10 and Under State Swimming Championships in Albany this weekend.

Mariah Rawding set a new Hood River Valley Swim Team record Saturday in the 9-10 year old girls 100 meter butterfly. Her time of 1:35.82 shattered the previous record of 1:41.59, set by Bethany Pendleton in 1992. She also recorded five personal best times in addition to the new record.

Matt Bergstrom won the 50- meter and 100-meter freestyle events, while recording six personal best times and qualifying for the Age Group Sectionals next March in Federal Way, Wash., in three events. Kylie Webb recorded four top ten times and four personal best finishes, while Daniel Mears added three personal best times and Erin Nelson topped her personal best in two events.

Charlie Sutherland, Erika Winner, Lewis Taylor and Myles Cameron made their State Swimming Championship debuts in the event.

Another pack of Hood River swimmers competed in the Pendleton Invitational on Sunday, with Connor Batty competing in nine events and tallying top-ten finishes in seven of them. David Walker recorded top-ten times in all six of his events while Alyssa Walker and Fatima Valle recorded five top-ten times each.

State meet highlights:

Daniel Mears (8) —

50 breast 17th

Erin Nelson (9) —

200 free 12th

50 gree 12th

Charlie Sutherland (8) —

50 breast 18th

Kylie Webb (9) —

100 breast 4th

100 fly 7th

Pendleton meet highlights:

Jazmin Marroquin (16) —

100 breast 7th

Selva Marroquin (14) —

200 fly 4th

Taylor Miller (15) —

200 free 11th

Hunter Peterson (10) —

50 breast 6th

200 IM 7th

Taylor Peterson (6) —

50 free 13th

Danielle Shames (15) —

200 breast 5th

Summer Smalley (12) —

50 free 10th

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