HRST competes at state swim meet

Hood River Swim Team members competed last week in the 2012 Oregon Swimming Inc. State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College. Highlighting several notable performances was 13-year-old Dhani Freeland, who took top honors with four top-10 finishes to qualify for the Western Zone Meet next month in Grand Junction, Colo.

“Representing Oregon swimming is a great honor,” said coach Shelly Rawding. “Dhani will travel with 55 swimmers from all around Oregon, and some great coaches and chaperones, to compete in the meet.

Representing Hood River’s U10 swimmers were Sarah Arpag, Emilio Castaneda and Shea Casenga.

All three swam strong and came away with top-10 finishes in each event they raced in.

In 11-and-over highlights, Charlie Sutherland had best times in all three events he swam; Kylie Webb had a best time in the 200 IM, Courtney Castaneda posted a personal best in the 50 free and Allie Burke competed in her first-ever state meet, posting a 7-second drop in her 400 free personal best.

State swim highlights:

Allison Burke, 11

11th, 400 free

13th, 100 free

Courtney Castaneda, 12

19th, 50 free

Dhani Freeland, 13

3rd, 200 free

3rd, 100 free

4th, 200 IM

5th, 200 breast

11th, 100 fly

Mariah Rawding, 16

15th, 50 free

16th, 100 breast

Charles Sutherland, 14

16th, 100 back

18th, 100 fly

Kylie Webb, 15

19th, 400 IM

Sarah Arpag, 8

2nd, 50 breast

3rd, 50 free

6th, 50 fly

10th, 50 breast

10th, 50 back

Emilio Castaneda, 10

4th, 100 fly

5th, 50 free

6th, 100 free

7th, 50 fly

9th, 200 free

Shea Kasenga, 8

8th, 50 breast

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