By Talon Reporter Olivia Mitchell
The HRVHS swim team was extremely busy this weekend at the 5A state meet in Gresham. The finalists from last week’s district meet loaded on a bus Friday and Saturday, and headed to Mt. Hood Community College to swim their hearts out. Senior Dhani Freeland championed the 100-meter freestyle, and got 2nd in the 200 freestyle. Senior David Walker received 6th place with the 200 IM, a race with all four strokes. The girls’ 400-meter relay team made 6th place, with freshman Alea McCarty, sophomores Allison Burke, Yasmeen Ziada, and Courtney Castaneda, and senior Dhani Freeland.
Senior Cam Marquez, boys team captain, had a great time at the meet. “It was really fun. The whole meet had a really cool atmosphere both days, everyone swam well, and it was a great end to my last season.” (He did have one request for next year’s swim team—for more boys to join.)
Girls team captain Dhani Freeland also enjoyed her experience. “State this year was a different experience, being the fourth and final one of my high school career. I was really lucky to get to spend time meeting all of the new swimmers throughout the season, and was super stoked on winning my first high school state championship. This year, we had one relay that made finals, which I had the opportunity to swim on. We got sixth place, which is quite an accomplishment for how young the other three [sophomore] swimmers are. I am very proud of everyone who participated in both prelims and finals, and look forward to swing how the younger swimmers progress throughout the years.”
The team was supported throughout the season by many friends and families that came to various meets to cheer on the swimmers. The state meet’s successes were expected, and hard-earned. Congratulations to all swimmers that made it to Mt. Hood.