Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Hood River Valley High School swim team will need a bigger van this year.
The Eagles qualified two girls relay teams and five swimmers individually - seven swimmers overall plus three alternates for the relays - their biggest number in years.
The Eagle girls also won the inaugural Columbia River Conference league meet title.
The wins in the relay were among the most impressive of the meet.
In the 200-yard medley relay the team of Alyssa Walker, Kayla Schilling, Danielle Miller and Taylor Tyynismaa cruised to a 10-second margin of victory over the second-place team from The Dalles, finishing in 2:02.30.
The Eagle girls also won handily in the 400-yard free relay, with Walker, Schilling, Miller and Tyynismaa beating Pendleton by seven seconds with a time of 4:01.77.
The Eagle girls won the team title by 35 points largely thanks to their performance in the relays.
"After the first event we had the girls finish first and second but the relay B team got disqualified," HRV coach Shea Macnab said. "So I knew it would be close with Pendleton."
The Eagles and Buckaroos dominated the meet, with the Eagle girls winning every individual event but one, and the Pendleton boys winning every individual event but three.
After winning the boys championship the Bucks tossed coach Susan Collins into the pool. The Eagle girls meanwhile did no such thing with Macnab.
"He would have been mad at us," laughed freshman Danielle Miller, who qualified in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke and the relays. "We still have one more week with him!"
"I made sure to stay way over here," Macnab said as he stood well to the side of the pool. "Plus I made sure to have my cell phone on me at all times as insurance."
Walker, Schilling, Miller, Tyynismaa, Anika Engbersen and Rebecah Galvez all qualified for the HRV girls, while Connor Webb qualified for the boys. Joining the seven automatic qualifiers as relay alternates are Anne Iskra, Tori Grace and Ali Danko.
All the swimmers that are going means that an Eagle will be in the pool nearly constantly during Friday's preliminary state heats at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. It also means those swimmers will have plenty of support from their teammates.
"It's going to be busy," Galvez said.
The Eagles have high expectations going into the meet. Webb is the only returning state qualifier to make it to a finals heat last year, but this year many of the swimmers are seeded in the top eight spots, with the top six qualifying for a finals heat.
Even the swimmers who are not going to state have been helping out the 10 who are going.
"All the boys and the JV girls are still here helping us practice," Tyynismaa said.
The Eagle swimmers want to do well at state for another reason as well. They owe Macnab a soaking.
"Oh, it will happen," said a devious looking Galvez. "It's going to happen."
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge