Team will open season with home meet this coming weekend

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Joey Hehn is one of several top-performers that are returning to this year’s Prineville Swim Team. The swim team opens their season on Friday at the Prineville Invitational.

As the 2012 summer swimming season gets underway, two things are clear.
   The Prineville Swim Team has talent, but the team is short on depth.
   “We have 33 on the team,” said head coach Raquel Swain. “The majority of our group is 11 and older now. They’ve really stuck with it.”
   The swim team finished in second place at last year’s Cascade East District Championship.
   With so few swimmers, it may be difficult for the team to improve their district standing. However, the team should still be competitive.
   The team has a solid core of veteran performers who may be able to dominate the upper age divisions. Bailey Parrot and Joey Hehn, who each won six individual events at last year’s district meet, should anchor the team. District placers Paul Miller, Jacob Hehn, Carson Raymond, Mike Burleigh, Dallen Nixon, Thomas Burleigh, and Jacob Koch also return and are looking strong again this season.
   Although the team doesn’t have many swimmers in the younger age groups, the swimmers they have are all experienced.
   “Our numbers are low, but I think we have some strong swimmers,” Swain said. “I think that individually we are going to do very well.”
   The team has been practicing since late May, and should be ready to go when they open the season this weekend with their lone regular season home meet.
   The Prineville Invitational is scheduled to start Friday, at 6:30 p.m., and will continue throughout the weekend. Swimming begins Saturday, at 9 a.m., and continues all day. The meet concludes on Sunday, with action set to begin at 8 a.m.
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