HRVST picks up Oregon Top 5 awards

Hood River Valley Swim Team was represented by eight of its best on Sunday at the annual Oregon Swimming Top 5 Awards Ceremony at Canby High School. The ceremony recognizes swimmers who posted top five times for individual events during the 2012-13 swimming season. Those recognized were Sarah Arpag, Shea Kasenga, Chad Klaas, Emilio Castaneda, Dhani Freeland, Mariah Rawding, Connor Webb and Scott Bergstrom.

Last weekend, HRVST swimmers were in Portland for the Portland Aquatic Club’s Fall Invitational Swim Meet. Highlighting the team’s performances were first-place finishes by Sarah Arpag, Mariah Rawding and Thea Smith, while many others made the list below of top-10 finishes.

Next up for HRVST senior swimmers is the Husky Invitational early next month in Federal Way and an all-team meet Dec. 14 in Sandy.

Fall Invitational top 10 finishes:

Sarah Arpag (9): 50 free, 2nd; 50 fly, 5th; 200 free, 1st; 50 back, 1st; 100 IM, 2nd

Casey Beaman (8): 100 free, 4th; 25 fly, 7th; 50 back, 7th

Celilo Brun (11): 200 free, 6th; 100 back, 10th

Allison Burke (13): 1,000 free, 9th; 500 free, 6th; 200 breast, 8th

Amy Elliott (8): 50 free, 10th; 20 fly, 10th; 25 breast, 8th; 100 IM, 7th

Jesse Elliott (9): 100 free, 4th; 50 fly, 9th; 50 back, 9th; 100 IM, 6th

Dhani Freeland (15): 200 IM, 6th; 100 back, 7th; 200 free, 3rd; 100 fly, 3rd; 50 free, 6th

Michelle Graves (7): 25 fly, 4th; 25 back, 9th; 25 breast, 5th; 100 IM, 3rd

Abigail McCormack (10): 200 free, 4th; 200 IM, 5th

Erin Nelson (17): 1,000 free, 5th; 200 back, 2nd

Mariah Rawding (17): 100 back, 4th; 500 free, 1st

Andrea Smith (12): 200 free, 8th

Nadia Smith (14): 400 IM, 3rd; 500 free, 8th; 200 breast, 7th

Thea Smith (8): 25 free, 1st; 50 free, 3rd; 200 free, 1st; 50 back, 3rd; 100 IM, 2nd

Kylie Webb (16): 200 IM, 5th; 100 breast, 2nd; 100 back, 9th; 200 free, 6th; 200 breast, 2nd; 50 free, 10th

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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



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