HEAT Lights Up the Pool at December Meets

Gary Roberson

This past weekend was a big one for the HEAT! We hosted teams from around the state in the HEAT Jubilee and the HEAT Winter Invite at the Shute Park Aquatic Center, while a group of seniors headed to Canby to compete in the IMX/IMR Challenge.


In the Jubilee, the HEAT took first place in the overall team standings for the first time in several years. The team put up an impressive point total of 2073.5 points, outscoring their nearest competition by over 200 points and besting our own score from 2019 by almost 400 points. It was a great overall team effort with almost all of our athletes scoring points towards the team competition.


Our athletes set many new personal best times and there were excellent swims all around. Among those great individual efforts, there were a few notable performances to highlight:


  • Daphne Maruki set 3 new individual team records for 9-10 year old girls in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 100 IM. In the 500, she bested the previous mark by over 6 seconds with a time of 6:10.35. In the 200 IM, she lowered her own team record to a new standard of 2:33.38. In the 100 IM, she took down one of the oldest records in our books by besting a record from 1993 with a time of 1:11.08.

  • Nico Lee, Avery Leach and Luke Eskola contributed huge points to the team total and were crowned the individual high point award winners for their respective age groups.

  • The relay team of Henry McKnight, Pablo Jaramillo, Elden Wong, and Nico Lee also set a new team record in the 11-12 boys 200 freestyle relay, lowering the previous mark by over a second with a blistering time of 1:42.86.


In the Winter Invite, our athletes had an excellent day of competition on Sunday. Unfortunately, a power outage forced the cancellation of the Saturday session, but the HEAT brought the electricity back to the pool on Sunday with a ton of best times and first swims. Every athlete's journey begins somewhere and we were excited to see so many swimmers competing and learning. Keep up the good work, continue to focus and work hard in practice and you’ll see those times begin to come down!


We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the parents, families, staff and volunteers that made our two home meets possible. We received incredibly positive feedback from the teams that were in attendance. These meets can’t happen without your support and we are grateful for the opportunities that you provided our athletes.


We also had a group of seniors competing at the Canby IMX/IMR Challenge. At that meet, Nate Steiner took the overall first place prize and Ryan Wang brought home the bronze. Great job to all of our athletes that represented the HEAT in Canby!


Congratulations to our entire HEAT family for a job well done this weekend!