Klass leads HRVST with six firsts

CHAD KLASS on his way to a 100m butterfly win last weekend.

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CHAD KLASS on his way to a 100m butterfly win last weekend.

The Hood River Valley swim team held its first meet of the 2013-14 season on Oct. 13 during the annual Diamond Fruit Invitational. With swimmers from across the Northwest in attendance, HRVST swimmers posted solid early-season times. Highlighting the team’s marks was 12-year-old Chad Klass, who finished first in every event he entered. Marina Castaneda, Dhani Freeland, Thea Smith and Sarah Arpag also won events during the day.

Below are top 10 finishes for HRVST swimmers:

Ambree Albitson (8): 25 back, 7th

Maya Arndt (6): 25 free, 3rd

Sarah Arpag (9): 200 IM, 2nd; 100 free, 3rd; 50 fly, 3rd; 50 back, 3rd; 100 IM, 3rd; 50 free, 1st; 50 breast, 4th

Casey Beaman (8): 100 free, 4th; 50 free, 8th

Per Bergstrom (12): 200 IM, 7th; 100 back, 6th

Celilo Brun (11): 200 IM, 7th; 500 free, 10th

Allison Burke (13): 500 free, 7th

Emilio Castaneda (11): 200 IM, 5th; 500 free, 5th

Marina Castaneda (7): 200 IM, 7th; 25 fly, 8th; 25 back, 1st; 100 IM, 4th; 25 breast, 1st

Jesse Elliott (9): 100 free, 9th

Kylin Elliott (6): 25 free, 5th

Lucas Elliott (8): 25 free, 7th; 25 breast, 10th

Dhani Freeland (15): 400 IM, 1st; 200 free, 1st; 200 fly, 4th; 200 back, 4th; 200 IM, 6th; 100 free, 5th; 200 breast, 5th

Carlos Galvez (16): 500 free, 8th

Michelle Graves (7): 25 fly, 3rd; 25 back, 6th; 100 IM, 5th; 25 breast, 6th

Chad Klaas (12): 100 free, 1st; 100 fly, 1st; 100 back, 1st; 100 IM, 1st; 50 free, 1st; 100 breast, 1st

Joshua Kristmann (6): 25 back, 10th

Clayton Lee (11): 200 IM, 9th; 500 free, 6th

Abigail McCormack (10): 200 IM, 6th

Finn Mikkelsen (7): 25 free, 9th

Danielle Miller (17): 200 back, 5th; 200 breast, 7th

Mariah Rawding (17): 100 free, 4th

Nadia Smith (14): 400 IM, 10th

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

Mason Spears (8): 25 free, 10th

Jack Stehlik (8): 25 free, 8th

Abby Tomlinson (8): 25 fly, 9th; 25 back, 3rd; 50 back, 8th

David Walker (15): 200 breast, 6th

Kylie Webb (16): 500 free, 3rd; 200 free, 5th; 200 back, 6th; 200 IM, 3rd; 100 free, 6th; 200 breast, 4th

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