Friday, February 15, 2013
The Hood River Valley Eagles sends 20 swimmers to state this year and is looking to bring home some hardware.
Follow along below for updates on all of the action on Day 1 of the 5A state swimming championships and find out who moves on the finals.
Competition begins at around 1:45 both days and we'll have coverage starting at 1:30 p.m. from Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center. You can also follow along on Twitter where Hood River News reporter Ben McCarty (@hrnben) will be posting updates under the hashtag #hrvstateswim
The HRV teams are coming off dual district titles. For the first time in his high school swimming career, HRV boys swimmer Connor Webb will have some company at the state meet. For the last three years Webb has been the sole male representative for the Eagles at state. This year he will be joined by nine compatriots.
The Eagle girls team after, repeating as district champs, has their sights set on improving on last year's sixth place team finish. Numerous swimmers return from last year's team.
4:35: That will do it for day one from the state swimming championships. Check back in tomorrow for coverage of how things go for the two girls relay teams and Connor Webb in his two individual events. We'll have coverage starting again at around 1:30 p.m.
4:18: The Eagles wrap day one by sending another relay to state and seeing
Connor Webb qualify in his second individual event. The Eagle girls 400 free relay team qualifies sixth for tomorrow's finals with a time of 3:53.36. Webb qualifies easily in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 59.33. He'll have a tough time improving on his qualification placing in the finals, as the first qualifier, Tommy Brewer of Summit, anhilated the 5A meet record with a time of 57.54. The previous record was 59.09 set by Cameron Lindsey of North Eugene at last year's meet.
2:35: We're at a 15 minute break in the action and the Eagles have some qualifiers for Saturday's final. The HRV girls 200 medley relay team qualifies fourth out of six teams for the finals tomorrow with a time of 1:57.03. The Eagle boys 200 medley team sneaks into the finals as well, taking the sixth and final spot by half a second with a time of 1:47.01.
Individually, Connor Webb qualifies second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.29.
1:30 p.m.: Greetings from the campus of Mt. Hood Community College. The 5A meet will be getting underway here in about 15 minutes with the 200 medley relay. Both the HRV boys and girls are scheduled to take part. The Eagle girls are slated to swim Danielle Miller, Kylie Webb, Dhani Feeland and Rebekah Galvez. The Eagle boys will send David Walker, Connor Webb, Charlie Sutherland and Diego Ybarra.
Following that will be the 200 freestyle with Dhanie Freeland going for the HRV girsl, the 200 IM with Kylie Webb for the HRV girls and Connor Webb for the Eagle boys.
Then will come the 50 freestyle with Kayla Schilling swimming for the Eagle girls.
The Eagles have swimmers competing throughout the day, and we'll cram in as many updates as we can. You can also follow along on twitter by following me @hrnben or the hashtag #hrvstateswim.
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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