SWIM BOYS, GIRLS TAKE FIRST AGAIN

February 04, 2004 11:00 pm
FIRST PLACE AGAIN: La Grande's Lindsay Waldrop (above) helped lead her Tiger teammates to a first-place finish at the Hood River Meet Tuesday. She set a personal best time in the 100-yard freestyle and came in third. (For The Observer/BEN REYNOLDS).
FIRST PLACE AGAIN: La Grande's Lindsay Waldrop (above) helped lead her Tiger teammates to a first-place finish at the Hood River Meet Tuesday. She set a personal best time in the 100-yard freestyle and came in third. (For The Observer/BEN REYNOLDS).

HOOD RIVER — Both the La Grande boys and girls' swim teams continued to shine, this time at the Hood River Swim Meet Tuesday.

"The girls cleaned house again," said coach David Deming. The La Grande girls won by more than 100 points over second-place Pendleton.

Deming said there were a rash of personal best times — 13 for the girls and six for the boys to be exact. Tyler Howland in the 500-yard freestyle had a personal best time 20 seconds faster than his previous best, and has dropped more than a minute off his time during the course of the season.

Deming was also excited that the girls' 400-yard freestyle relay team of Amy McMahan, Lindsay Waldrop, Elizabeth Esser and Kelsey Woodfield not only won, but had the fastest time (4:07.95) in the event of any La Grande girls' team in two years.

The girls' 200 medley team of Amy McMahan, Robyn Mills, Valerie Butler and Kelsey Woodfield also came in first.

The boys' meet was closer, as La Grande edged Hood River Valley 150 to 138. There were a number of first-place finishes for the boys, including Brenton Dowdy in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly and Matt Hibbert in the 100 backtroke. Owen Kenton came in first in the 200 freestyle, setting a personal best time in the process.

The La Grande boys' relay teams in the 200 medley (Hibbert, Josef Mielke, Dowdy and Kenton) and 400 freestyle (Kenton, Jeremy Younggren, Hibbert and Dowdy) also won.

La Grande will now get ready for the district meet, to be held here Feb. 13 and 14.

Hood River Swim Meet

Tuesday, Feb. 3

(pr) — personal record

Girls

Team scores — 1, La Grande, 227; 2, Pendleton, 115; 3, Hood River Valley, 113; 4, Hermiston, 34.

Individual Results

200-YARD FREESTYLE — 3, Hayley Rampton, 2:21.35 (pr). 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 2, Lindsay Waldrop, 2:37.00 (pr); 3, Valerie Butler, 2:37.66 (pr); 4, Jennifer Butler, 2:45.30. 50 FREESTYLE — 2, Kelsey Woodfield, 27.67; 3, Amy McMahan, 28.58; 6, Laura Martin, 30.03; 6, Bess Buzzard, 30.03; 9, Nancy Binger, 30.85 (pr); 10, Andrea Younggren, 30.88; 11, Britney Gray, 31.16. 100 BUTTERFLY — 3, Valerie Butler, 1:12.55 (pr); 4, Samantha Hibbert, 1:19.60 (pr). 100 FREESTYLE — 2, Woodfield, 59.93 (pr); 3, Waldrop, 1:02.37 (pr); 4, McMahan, 1:03.56 (pr); 6, Rampton, 1:06.24; 8, Younggren, 1:09.25; 9, Binger, 1:10.00. 500 FREESTYLE — 2, Elizabeth Esser, 5:59.12; 5, Robyn Mills, 6:32.63 (pr); 6, Gray, 7:00.22. 100 BACKSTROKE — 1, Jennifer Butler, 1:15.85 (pr); 3, Hibbert, 1:17.88. 100 BREASTSTROKE — 2, Mills, 1:18.67; 3, Esser, 1:25.77; 4, Martin, 1:25.85 (pr); 6, Buzzard, 1:33.54 (pr).

Relays

200-YARD MEDLEY — 1, La Grande 'A' (McMahan, Mills, Valerie Butler, Woodfield), 2:07.13; 3, La Grande 'B' (Hibbert, Jennifer Butler, Martin, Buzzard). 200 FREESTYLE — 2, La Grande 'A' (Mills, Buzzard, Waldrop, Esser), 1:55.90; 4, La Grande 'B' (Valerie Butler, Binger, Martin, Rampton), 2:04.09. 400 FREESTYLE — 1, La Grande 'A' (McMahan, Waldrop, Esser, Woodfield), 4:07.95; 3, La Grande 'B' (Hibbert, Younggren, Jennifer Butler, Rampton), 4:45.49.

Boys

Team scores — 1, La Grande, 150; 2, Hood River Valley, 138; 3, Pendleton, 112; 4, Hermiston, 83.

Individual results

200-YARD FREESTYLE — 1, Owen Kenton, 1:57.03 (pr). 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1, Matt Hibbert, 2:06.38; 4, Jeremy Younggren, 2:30.50 (pr); 5, Thomas Esser, 2:33.96 (pr). 50 FREESTYLE — 1, Brenton Dowdy, 21.97; 7, Josef Mielke, 25.43; 14, Tyler Howland, 30.44; 16, Zack Miller, 31.98; 22, Daryl Sams, 36.86. 100 BUTTERFLY — 1, Dowdy, 54.96; 2, Kenton, 59.75 (pr). 100 FREESTYLE — 4, Younggren, 54.33 (pr); 18, Miller, 1:15.78. 500 FREESTYLE — 3, Tyler Howland, 6:29.39 (pr); 7, Daryl Sams, 7:55.38. 100 BACKSTROKE — 1, Hibbert, 59.58. 100 BREASTSTROKE — 2, Mielke, 1:09.47; 5, Esser, 1:18.99.

Relays

200-YARD MEDLEY — 1, La Grande 'A' (Hibbert, Mielke, Dowdy, Kenton), 1:45.35. 200 FREESTYLE — 4, La Grande 'A' (Esser, Miller, Mielke, Younggren), 1:50.38. 400 FREESTYLE — 1, La Grande 'A' (Kenton, Younggren, Hibbert, Dowdy), 3:30.08; 6, La Grande 'B' (Howland, Miller, Sams, Esser), 5:01.27.