Prineville Swim Team third at Klamath meet
The Prineville Swim Team is rounding into form just in time for the Cascade East District Championships.
With the championships just two weeks away, the team had its best showing of the year last weekend at the Klamath Basin Open.
"The meet went really well," said swim team head coach Halley Estes. "Our boys had a great showing. They took first place overall for boys. They are coming on really strong."
Estes added that the girls team also swam well, but they don't have the same kind of depth the boys have.
"The girls that came swam very well, but we don't have a lot of depth," she said. "We have one or two in each age group that do well."
As a result, Prineville came in third when they combined the boys and girls scores.
Still, that is an accomplishment when swimming against teams with year-round programs.
Prineville Swim Team amassed 1,068.5 points in the boys portion of the meet to easily out-distance second-place YMCA Grants Pass Swimming, which finished with 904.5 points. The host Klamath Basin Aquatics were third with 715 points.
Klamath Basin dominated the girls portion of the meet, scoring 1,295.5 points. YMCA Grants Pass was second with 720 points, followed by Lakeview Swim Team with 634. Prineville Swim Team was in seventh place with 435 points.
With the easy win in the girls portion of the meet, Klamath Basin Aquatics went on to win the combined scoring with 2,011 points. Grants Pass was second with 1,625, while Prineville finished with 1,480.5 points.
That put Prineville far ahead of district rivals Lakeview and John Day, who finished with 794.5 and 383 points, respectively.
Prineville was able to score points across all age groups in the boys competition.
Emilio Todd and Bailey Parrott each won three races and had a pair of second-place finishes in the boys 17 and over division.
Todd was first in the 400 individual medley, the 200 individual medley, and the 200 butterfly while taking second in the 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle.
Meanwhile, Parrott won the 100 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, the 50 freestyle and was second in the 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke.
In the boys 15-16 age group, Noah Todd picked up a first in the 200 backstroke and second in the 200 individual medley.
Also in the 15-16 age group, Garrett McMichael picked up a pair of seconds in the 400 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, while Colin White was third in the 400 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
Nathan Todd also picked up a first, winning the boys 13-14 200 individual medley. Todd was also third in both the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
Also in the 13-14 age group, Wyatt Holliday finished second in the 200 breaststroke, third in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, and fourth in the 500 freestyle.
In the boys 11-12 age group, Cameron Carr finished third in the 200 individual medley while Zachary Levesque was third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Maison Bell also picked up a pair of high places in the age group with a second in the 100 breaststroke and a third in the 50 breaststroke.
Duke Wentzel was the star in the 9-10 age group, taking first in the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 freestle. Wentzel was also second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 individual medley and the 50 backstroke.
Also in the 9-10 age group, Caleb Decker finished second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke.
Wyatt King was the lone Prineville winner in the boys 8 and under age group, taking first in the 50 backstroke and second in the 200 freestyle.
Prineville also excelled in the boys relays.
The boys 10U 200 freestyle relay team of Decker, Jace Jonas, King and Wentzel finished in first place.
In the boys open 200 medley relay, Parrott, McMichael, Emilio Todd and White finished first, while the boys 200 freestyle open relay team of Noah Todd, White, McMichael and Emilio Todd was second.
Emilio Todd, Noah Todd, Nathan Todd, McMichael and White were also second in the 400 freestyle relay, while Levesque, Nathan DelaPena, Carr and Bell were thid in the boys 12U 200 freestyle relay.
Carr, Bell, Levesque and Dayten Wichersheim were third again in the 12U 200 medley relay, while Clayton Dill, DelaPena, Layton Marshall and Damin Spry were fourth in the same race.
Dill, Marshall, Spry and Wickersheim were also fourth in the 12U 200 freestyle relay.
Although the girls did not have the same kind of success the boys had, they also had a good meet in Klamath Falls.
The girls 8U 100 freestyle team of Hayden Decker, Gretchen Fewell, Ilsa Ptomey and Paige Wood took first. Wood, Fewell, Decker and Mia Levesque also took first in the 100 medley relay.
The girls 12U relay team of Emma Holliday, Mckenzie Jonas, Keera Morgan and Riley Sakraida also had a strong showing, taking second in the 200 freestyle relay.
Wood and Emma Hehn also each won an individual race for Prineville.
Wood finished first in the 50 breaststroke as well as taking second in the 200 freestyle and the 100 individual medley as well as picking up a third in the 25 freestyle.
Meanwhile, swimming in the 15-16 age group, Hehn finished first in the 100 backstroke. Hehn also picked up second-place finishes in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke as well as taking third in the 100 breaststroke.
Prineville will compete in John Day starting this afternoon, with the meet finishing up on Sunday afternoon.
The John Day Invitational is the final meet prior to the Cascade East District Championship, which include defending champion Lakeview, Prineville, John Day, and a team from Burns.
Estes said that the team was working hard to get ready for district and would spend the remainder of this week swimming with t shirts and shorts on to create additional drag in the pool.
Following the John Day meet the team will then cut back on the workload to make sure that they are rested in time for district.