Prineville Swim Team picks up another first place finish at their home meet last weekend

by: ANDREW MATHESON/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Prineville Swim Team took the top spot for the second time in as many swim meets last weekend, compiling 691 points to walk away with first place.

Although they were not as dominant as they were in their first meet in Klamath Falls, the Prineville Swim Team earned another first place finish last weekend, this time on their home turf at the Prineville Swimming Pool.
   It took a team effort this time, however, to stave off the Cascade Aquatic Club (Redmond), who finished in second place with 497 points, 194 points off the PSTs mark of 691.
   "I think, overall, they did a really good job," Coach John Stewart said. "But I saw a lot of things to work on."
   While this was their second meet, it was the first district meet for the PST, as they matched up against their district rivals in Lakeview, John Day, and High Desert.
   "I didn't really know how we'd fare with the competition," Stewart said. "I've seen some mistakes that our newer kids did and our older kids did. But in general, all our kids did a super-good job."
   While individuals were racking up first-place finish after first-place finish two weeks ago at the Great Basin Invitational, it was the relay teams for the PST that amounted the most points at the Prineville Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend.
   Out of 16 relay races that the PST were entered in, they wound up taking first place in 11 of them. And for the five races they didn't earn a first place finish, they were usually found near the top.
   "We spent a lot of time putting our relays together. We really researched it," Stewart said. "We have a lot of talent on this team. We were able to throw some good relay teams at them and that really helps us out in terms of points."
   Individually, Leslie Foley led the team with six first-place finishes, while her sister Michelly and Cassey Hehn each added two apiece. Bailey Parrott, Karlie Grasle, Tucker Fahlgren, Rachel Duhn, Heath Pickhardt, and Halley Hehn each supplied the team with seven points from their respective first place finishes.
   Even individually, however, the PST was winning as a team. During the course of the swim meet - which took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - the PST had six races where they had swimmers finish in first, second, and third place.
   Leslie Foley, Kellie Foley, and Korey Hehn finished first, second, and third, respectively, in two of the races, including the 200-meter freestyle and the 50-meter freestyle.
   In the 100-meter backstroke, Foley and Hehn finished in first and third, respectively, while Grasle took the second spot. In addition, the boys also did it once in the 25-meter backstroke, which saw Pickhardt, Holt Porfily, and Zachariah Senner go 1, 2, 3, respectively.
   And in two of the races, Leslie Foley and Kellie Foley, as well as Hehn and Grasle took the top four spots in the girls 100-meter freestyle and the girls 100-meter butterfly.
   The PST has now taken two first place spots in their first two meets of the season. They will be on the road this weekend in a district meet at Lakeview on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
   However, with the Crook County Fair getting under way this weekend, Stewart will only be taking about 25-35 swimmers, down from about 90 swimmers he had this past weekend.
   "We're looking forward to the meets this year," Stewart said. "I hope this meet opened the kids' eyes that there is a lot of good competition out there."
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