Harvest of Gold Meet Report

 The Hood River Valley Swim Team Osprey hosted their annual Harvest of Gold Swim Meet, sponsored by ERS -Your Rental and Party Centers last weekend at the Hood River Aquatic Center. A hearty congratulations to long time Oregon Swimming Official Stan Benson, who celebrated 40 years of officiating in Oregon Swimming this past year!

Kudos to swimmers who participated in their first swim meet for the Osprey - Leah Adams, David Hecksel, Phillip Hecksel, Stellar Peil, Avery Walker and Ethan Yoakum. Also to event winners Diego Parades (won the 8 & U 25 yd freestyle with a time of 18.35), Skyla Hollowell (who won the 10 & U 200yd IM with a time of 2:49.53) and to double event winner Isa Arndt (she was first in the 6 & U 25 yd backstroke with a time of 54.03 and 25 yd freestyle with a time of 48.27)!

We have many swimmers who had multiple great swims, and with improvements in the double digits. Included were: Elijah Adams who dropped 14 seconds in the 100 yd freestyle for 22nd place with a 1:33.97, Izaiah Adams who dropped 10 seconds in the 100 yd backstroke for a time of 1:45.58, Maya Arndt who shaved 11 seconds off her 100 yd IM time for a 1:44.38, Amy Elliott who took off 10 seconds in her 100 yd breaststroke for a time of 1:37.50, Willow Hollowell who dropped 14 seconds in her 200 IM and 15 seconds off in her 100 IM (1:30.22), Sophia Kaden took 25 seconds off her 100 freestyle for a time of 1:17.09, Campbell Keller dropped 25 seconds in her 200 yd freestyle (2:37.55), Faith Ocheskey dropping a whopping 27 seconds off her 200 IM time (2:27.03), Nora Sandoval took off 17 seconds in her last race of the weekend, the 100 yd breaststroke (1:41.46), Thea Smith with a 10 sec drop in the 100 yd breaststroke (1:41.82), Jack Stehlik took 12 seconds off his 50 butterfly (57.27), and Fergie Waag dropped 12 seconds in the 100 IM (1:45.45).

The following swimmers also showed improvement in at least one event at this early season meet - Aili Archbald, Lily Clermont, Magnolia Clermont, Juliet Crain, Jessica Galvez, Max Graves, Hayden Jacobson, Kelsey Jacobson, Trudy Sanders, Maria Sandoval, James Schofield, Wyatt Stelma, Wyatt Stewart and Sarah Wang.

Marina Castaneda swam to best times in 5 events; Miyuki Gerald, Mallory Keller, Seth Millan and Sky Viavoda-Kerr all swam to 4 best times this past weekend. And swimming to two or three personal bests included Jesse Elliott, Michelle Graves, Sophia Helleberg, Rowan McKenna, Remmie Russo, Leah Sandoval, Lillie Tomlinson, Sarah Wang and Annabelle Webster.

Colin Gerald scored points in two events (25 back and 25 free), and Xavier Peterson and Oliver Schofield swam great 50 freestyles for their only swims at the meet. Nadia Smith had strong top 10 placements in the 400 IM (5:10.76) and 200 butterfly (2:32.47), Courtney Castaneda was right on her best club time in the 200 yd freestyle, Celilo Brun scored points in the 400 IM and showed that she is ready to tackle all her events again after back surgery this past spring, and Jade Smith competed in the 200 yd freestyle, finishing 24th overall.

Next up for the Osprey is the PAC Fall-Invitational at Dishman Community Center in Portland in early November.