Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Hood River Valley senior swimmers dove into the pool and swam their ceremonial half lap of the pool. It could only mean one thing: It's time for district.
The Eagles played host to St. Mary's Thursday night in their final regular season meet before Hood River hosts the Columbia River Conference district championship meet next Saturday.
It has been an abbreviated second half of the season for the Eagles. They first lost a non-league dual meet with Barlow due to the January snowstorm, and then had their annual Hood River Invitational wiped out when conditions did not improve in time.
That left the Eagles with two weeks and two meets to get ready for district. Thursday's meet against St. Mary's, in which only the HRV girls team competed after no other team was willing to participate, was the Eagles' final tune up.
The Eagles lost 93-77 after some disqualifications in the relays in some late-meet confusion.
However, HRV coach Keith Ebbert said he was impressed with the team's times, considering the intensity of training he had put them through recently
"The last couple weeks I've been hitting them really hard with practice and still getting good times out of them," Ebbert said. "With an appropriate amount of training and some more rest I expect they'll be swimming well."
The Eagles got a good series of swims from Alyssa Walker, who took second in the 200 IM and 100 fly, and a pair of first place finishes from Taylor Tyynismaa. HRV also got a dramatic finish from Erika Winner in the 400 meter freestyle as she held off a challenge from Sarah Madison of St. Mary's to win by three-hundredths of a second in a time of 5:32.34.
"Alyssa swam really well in both of her events," Ebbert said. "And Erin's time in the 400 was a personal best by more than 20 seconds."
Even though there was no other boys team for them to compete against, Ebbert still had the Eagle boys team going full out in their events, which were not scored.
"Tommy Tyynismaa really stood out this week," Ebbert said, "I wanted to get some speed out of them (before district) and I wasn't going to take it easy on them."
The meet was the final home meet for seniors Walker, Taylor Tyynismaa, Valeria and Carla Guerrero and Veronica Lopez.
"They've been leading by example and creating a culture for this team," Ebbert said of the seniors. "They all made a big commitment."
The Eagles will now spend the next week tapering and preparing for the district meet, which will be at Hood River Aquatic center Feb. 11.
"They are still swimming strong and with decent times even with a situation like this," Ebbert said of the team having to cram in training after the snow wiped out its most intense week of the season. "That leads me to believe that they'll swim well at district."
SMA 93 HRV 77
200 medley relay
2 HRV A 2:19.69
3 HRV B 3:24.10
2 Caitlyn Fick 2:55.90
4 Roslyn Patrci 2:46.62
5 Lilly Paul 2:56.32
2 Alyssa Walker 2:38.20
3 Kylie Webb 2:41.73
4 Danielle Miller 2:48.91
1 Taylor Tyynismaa 29.24
2 Rebekah Galvez 32.30
2 Alyssa Walker 1:10.65
4 Erika Winner 1:31.46
5 Lilly Paul 1:31.98
1 Taylor Tyynismaa 1:05.34
3 Rebekah Galvez 1:13.05
6 Susan Raulston 1:19.27
1 Erika Winner 5:32.54
3 Patrick Roslyn 5:49.88
200 freestyle relay
3 HRV B 2:27/67
4 HRV C 2:48/29
3 Danielle Miller 1:17.95
4 Caitlyn Fick 1:21.13
2 Kylie Webb 1:24.61
3 Kayla Schilling 1:29.10
4 Anika Engberson 1:32.64
400 freestyle relay
2 HRV A 4:30.10
4 HRV B 5:13.41
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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