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Bowmen duo helps Oregon team excel

FRESNO, Calif. - Marra Erwin and Ashley Kerekanich, both 2006 Sherwood High School graduates, are two of five former Bowmen swimmers that will soon be beginning their college athletic careers.

But first, Erwin and Kerekanich had a chance to represent Oregon at the 2006 Western Zone Swimming Championships, held Aug. 8-12 in Fresno, Calif.

Erwin and Kerekanich helped the Oregon team finish in third place in the team standings with 774½ points.

The two former Lady Bowmen, who helped the Sherwood girls team win four straight Class 3A/2A/1A state championships, played key roles for the Oregon team at the Western Zone meet.

Erwin and Kerekanich teamed with Denise Green and Heidi Tilicki to finish in second place in the girls ages 17-18 200-meter freestyle relay in a time of 1 minute, 55.04 seconds.

In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Kerekanich teamed with Jessica Walker, Tilicki and Green to place fourth in at 4:15.06. Kerekanich found more relay success in the 200 medley relay, where she, Green, Rachel Lee and Natascha Mangan finished second with a mark of 2:09.87.

In the same race, Erwin, Cat Menkel, Walker and Tilicki were 11th with a time of 2:16.06.

In the 400 medley relay, the team of Kerekanich, Green, Lee and Mangan was second with a time of 4:39.44. Erwin, Menkel, Walker and Tilicki were 11th in that event.

Kerekanich and Erwin also had success in the individual events.

Erwin finished a close second in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:06.83. Melanie Tansuwan won that event in 1:06.60.

Erwin also swam to seventh in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:54.99.

She was eighth in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 2:32.16. She also had an eighth-place finish in the 200 individual medley with her time of 2:34.77.

Kerekanich sprinted to third place in the 50 freestyle in a time of 28.12.

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Erwin will be swimming in college at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Matthew Grimes, a 2006 Sherwood grad, will also be attending UNLV on a swimming scholarship. Grimes won individual state championships in each of his four years at Sherwood while also helping the Bowmen win Class 3A/2A/1A state titles each of the past two years.

Kerekanich will be swimming at Oregon State University. At OSU, she'll reunite with former Lady Bowmen teammate Kelsey Tannehill, who was a 2005 Sherwood graduate.

Kevin Tangeman, a 2006 Sherwood grad, will be swimming at the college level at Willamette University in Salem. Dominic Rieniets, also a 2006 Sherwood graduate, will be swimming for Linfield College in McMinnville.