La Grande’s Shelby Baker took first place in the 100 freestyle at the Tigers’ home meet Saturday at Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool. The Lady Tigers won the meet, while the boys placed third. CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer
The La Grande swim team hosted six teams Saturday for a home invite at Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool.
The Lady Tigers won the girls team title, while the boys placed third behind Pendleton and Hood River.
Teams attending the meet were Baker, Hermiston, Pendleton, The Dalles-Wahtonka and Hood River.
“As a team, we swam very well,” La Grande head coach Darren Dutto said. “Out of 28 individual swims, 18 were personal or season-best times.”
Becca Haynes set a pair of meet records, winning the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke to lead the LHS girls.
Hannah Roberts took first place in the 50 freestyle, and Shelby Baker out-swam the competition in the 100 freestyle.
The Lady Tigers won both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
For the boys, Bryce Ebel set a meet record en route to winning the 100 butterfly.
Keegan Dutto took first place in the 400 freestyle, while the Tigers won the 200 medley relay.
“I’m really excited for the kids. They have been practicing very hard and that dedication is really showing,” Dutto said. “We are positioned very well heading into our district meet.”
The district meet is scheduled for Feb. 8-9 and will be held at Veterans Memorial pool.
LGSC competes in Ellensburg meet
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The La Grande Swim Club sent three swimmers to compete in Ellensburg, Wash., Jan. 26-27. Around 300 swimmers from Oregon, Washington and Idaho competed.
Twelve-year-old Garren Dutto from La Grande smashed the meet record in the 200-yard freestyle by over three seconds, winning with a time of 2:08.65.
He grabbed second place in the 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
Thirteen-year-old Jared Miller from Baker City also set a meet record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.52.
He also placed first in the 400 individual medley, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. He grabbed second in the 200 IM, 100 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly.
Twelve-year-old Justin Miller took third place in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
All three boys made qualifying times for the Northwest Age Group Regional Swim Meet held in Federal Way, Wash., in March, as well as the Western Zone swim meet held in Roseville, Calif., in August.
They are preparing for the Inland Empire Short Course Championships held in Moscow, Idaho, March 1-3, where 15-20 other La Grande Swim Club members will join them to compete.