Relays key to HRV swim team’s winning finish at home meet

Boys and girls teams take titles over eight-team field

The Hood River Aquatic Center was packed with action last weekend at the annual Hood River Invitational swim meet. The event brought together eight teams from Baker to North Marion to test their fastest against one another and fine tune as the push for district titles approaches.

In a first for the HRV swim team, both boys and girls varsity squads won the meet.

“The girls have won this meet before, but it was the first time the boys have accomplished this,” coach Keith Ebbert noted. “That effectively means that they are a major competitor for the district championship. We are starting to see some real focus and drive from the whole team. We’re supporting each other, cheering for each other and just generally being really good teammates. It’s always nice to see individuals become a team. Specifically, I would like to highlight McKenna Carter for just being a great teammate.”

Ebbert noted a strong freshman class and an increase in numbers as the reason for the boost in performance this season and strong relay performances as a key factor in winning Saturday’s meet.

“Often swimming is considered an individual sport, but in high school swimming it is the relays that will generally win or lose a meet,” he said. “That’s when teammanship really becomes important.”

Individual top five finishes:

Girls

200 Medley relay: 1st (Caitlyn Fick, Kylie Webb, Dhani Freeland, Rebekah Galvez)

200 freestyle relay: 1st (Caitlyn Fick, Danielle Miller, Rebekah Galvez, Kayla Schilling)

400 freestyle relay: 1st (Kayla Schilling, Kylie Webb, Danielle Miller, Dhani Freeland)

200 IM: Kylie Webb, 1st; Danielle Miller, 2nd

50 freestyle: Kayla Schilling, 2nd; Caitlyn Fick, 4th

100 freestlye: Dhani Freeland, 1st

100 back: Dhani Freeland, 1st; Danielle Miller, 2nd

100 breast: Kylie Webb, 1st

Boys

200 medley relay: 5th (Thomas Tyynismaa, Maxx Kozec, Carlos Galvez, Trey Schilling

200 freestyle relay: 2nd (Charlie Sutherland, David Walker, Addison Redmond, Diego Ybarra); 3rd (Carlos Galvez, Miles Cameron, Jacob Mears, Trey Schilling)

400 freestyle relay: 3rd (David Walker, Addison Redmond, Charlie Sutherland, Diego Ybarra)

Galvez, Myles Cameron, Jacob Mears, Trey Schilling)

50 freestyle: Diego Ybarra, 3rd

100 butterfly: Charlie Sutherland, 2nd

100 freestyle: Thomas Tyynismaa, 5th

500 freestyle: Addison Redmond, 3rd; Carlos Galvez, 4th

100 back: Charlie Sutherland, 2nd

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