October 25, 2017
The Hood River Valley Swim Team hosted their Annual Harvest of Gold Swim Meet Oct 13-15th at the Hood River Aquatic Center. 394 swimmers from Bend, Portland, Oregon City, Canby, Vancouver, Madras and Redmond joined in with our local swimmers for this annual event.
Swimmers competing for the very first time included Abby Balogh, Allison Balogh-Easton, Parker Bech, Chloe Carter, Bela Cook, Oliver deBruin, Charlie Jones, Rhys Maier, Molly O'Neill, Jennica Rigert, Hunter Schoenen, Finn Spence and Renie Spence. Sophia Kaden swam to 7 personal best times – one for every race she competed in. Thea Smith was right behind her with 6 personal best times.
Other swimmers with 100% personal best times include Leah Adams who also had 4 top 10 finishes, Bree Albiston, Matthew Couvreux (top 10 finish in 25 back), Miyuki Gerald, Delaney Hackett (10th pl in the 50 butterfly), Sophia Helleberg, Izzy McCormack, Rowan McKenna, Seth Millan and Wyatt Stelma.
Willow Hollowell, the only event winner for the HRVST this meet, placed 1st in both the 9-10 girls 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle and placed in the top 10 in the 50yd backstroke, 50yd breaststroke and 100yd IM. Right behind her, Aili Archbald swam to a 2nd place finish in the 50yd backstroke and top 10 finishes in the 25yd breaststroke and 50yd freestyle. Sarah Arpag swam to a 7th place finish in the 400yd IM and was 5th in the 500 yd freestyle. Celilo Brun was 9th in the 200yd breaststroke. Allie Burke finished top 10 in both the 400yd IM and 500yd freestyle events.
Christopher Dankenbring was 2nd in the 500yd freestyle, and swam to top 10 finishes in the 100yd butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 yd breaststroke. Michelle Graves finished 6th in the 100 yd breaststroke to finish the meet strong. Skyla Hollowell had 4 top 10 swims, in the 500 yd freestyle, 100 yd butterfly, 100 yd IM and 100 yd breaststroke. Nora Sandoval competed strong and placed in the top 10 in the 200 yd IM, 100 y d freestyle, 100 yd backstroke and the 50 yd freestyle.
Our 8 and Under contingent also placed well at this home opener. Claire Couvreux had 4 top 10 finishes in the 25yd butterfly, 25yd breaststroke, 25 yd freestyle and the 100 yd IM. Juliet Crain's lucky number was 7, she placed 7th in both the 25 yd butterfly and 25 yd freestyle events. William Frost swam to top 10 finishes in the 100 yd freestyle, 25 yd backstroke and 50 yd backstroke events. Rhylie Van Matre swam to a 3rd place finish in the 50 yd freestyle and 5th place in the 25 yd breaststroke events. Other swimmers who competed in the 10 & Under Saturday afternoon session not mentioned above included Isa Arndt who had a best time in the 25 yd breaststroke, Maya Arndt who swam to a 7 second personal best in the 100 yd freestyle, Colin Gerald who had two personal best times, Ava Giordano who had a 5 second drop in her 50 yd freestyle event, Max Graves who dropped 10 seconds in his 100 yd freestyle and swam to three other personal best times, Marieda Kalahar who swam a best time in the 50 yd backstroke, Trudy Sanders who dropped 2 seconds in the 25 yd backstroke, Leah Sandoval who had a 6 second best time in the 100 yd IM, James Schofield who improved his time in the 50 yd freestyle and Raegen Van Matre who had a big 3 second drop in her 25 yd backstroke this meet.
Rounding out the Osprey contingent included Izaiah Adams who swam to a big 7 second drop in his 100yd IM, Jackson Bullock who swam to three personal best times, Ivy Collins who had a best time in the 50 yd freestyle, Amy Elliott who had best times in both her 50yd freestyle and 100 yd breaststroke events, Jesse Elliott who dropped time in both the 200 yd IM and 200 yd breaststrokes, Gavin Hackett who had a huge 10 second drop in his best time in the 100 yd butterfly and Fergus Waag who swam to big personal bests in both the 100 yd IM and the 50 yd freestyle.
Next up for the Osprey is the PAC Amy Eha meet the first weekend in November.