HRV Swim Team hosts HR meet

The Hood River Aquatic Center was a full house last weekend during the Hood River Valley Swim Team’s annual autumn meet. The three-day event brought more than 300 kids to town from across the Northwest. Representing Hood River were 44 swimmers, all of whom achieved a best time in at least one individual event and many of whom swam in their first-ever meet.

Individual highlights (top finish for each Hood River swimmer):

Sarah Arpag (8)

1st, 100 free, 25 fly, 25 free and 50 free

Sean Arpag (10)

6th, 200 IM

Casey Beaman (7)

10th, 25 back

Leif Bergstrom (14)

13th, 500 free

Per Bergstrom (11)

7th, 500 free

Celilo Brun (10)

11th, 50 fly

Allison Burke (12)

8th, 200 IM

Aiden Cantrell (7)

6th, 25 back

Cole Cantrell (7)

10th, 25 back

Olivia Casey (9)

25th, 100 free

Emilio Castaneda (10)

1st, 100 IM and 50 Free

Marina Castaneda (6)

1st, 25 fly, 25 back and 25 breast

Samuel Einhorn (11)

11th, 100 breast

Naomi Elyard-Jaeger (10)

7th, 50 breast

Dhani Freeland (14)

1st, 500 free and 200 free

Carlos Galvez, (15)

13th, 200 IM

Tove Goldring (9)

41st, 50 free

Jack Grim (9)

14th, 50 fly

Audrey Hinchliff (11)

46th, 25 free

Campbell Keller (9)

31st, 50 fly and 50 back

Kennedy Leavitt (11)

50th, 50 free

Clayton Lee (10)

4th, 200 IM

Miles Lee (10)

13th, 50 back

Audrey Miller (17)

10th, 500 free

Danielle Miller (16)

6th, 500 free

Harper Ortlieb (11)

51st, 50 free

Clara Parkinson (7)

7th, 25 back

Theodora Parkinson (9)

29th, 50 fly

Andrielle Sliwa (9)

41st, 100 free

Andrea Smith (11)

17th, 500 free

Nadia Smith (13)

6th, 500 free

Thea Smith (7)

1st, 200 IM

Maxwell Spears (9)

24th, 50 back

William Summerfield (12)

16th, 100 free

Abby Thomlinson (7)

10th, 25 free

Lillie Thomlinson (10)

14th, 100 IM

Collin Trummel (10)

7th, 50 breast

Madison Uthmann (8)

12th, 25 free

Baden VanHuis (8)

6th, 50 free

Shannon Voyles (13)

12th, 500 free

David Walker (14)

4th, 500 free and 200 IM

Connor Webb (17)

1st, 400 IM and 200 breast

Kylie Webb (15)

3rd, 200 breast

Brinna Weiseth (8)

3rd, 25 back

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