Swimmers get ready for state finals

Teams from across Central Oregon will compete in today's state meet

staff report / The Bulletin /

Published Feb 16, 2013 at 04:00AM

GRESHAM — The preliminary rounds of the Oregon School Activities Association’s state swimming championships at Mt. Hood Community Collage, held Friday, are in the books, and Central Oregon high schools will be well represented in today’s finals.

In Class 5A, Summit advanced swimmers to all but four events between its boys and girls teams, including six top seeds. Tommy Brewer (200-yard individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and John Hartmeier (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) led the way for the Storm, rolling into today’s finals as No. 1 seeds in both their individual events in addition to swimming legs on Summit’s the 400- and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Brewer was especially fast in the 100 breast, turning in a Class 5A state meet record time of 57.54 seconds.

Bend High freshman Ben Brockman earned a spot in the finals of the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly to highlight the Lava Bears’ opening-day effort. For the girls, Mackenzie Halligan led the Storm on Friday, advancing to the finals in the 500 and 200 freestyle races as well as contributing to Summit’s 200 medley and 400 free relay teams that both will be No. 1 seeds at today’s final.

Bend saw Bella Wiener (50 free, 100 free) and Brooke Miller (100 fly, 100 back) advance to the finals to go along with all three of the Lava Bears’ relay teams. Chyna Fish qualified in the 200 freestyle, and Jennifer Robeson followed suit in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle.

Phoebe Weedman (100 breast) and Justine Hanway (100 free) will represent Mountain View in today’s finals, as will the Cougars’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay squads.

The Madras High boys highlighted the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state preliminary round, which was also held at Mt. Hood Community College on Friday. All three of the White Buffaloes’ relay teams earned a spot in today’s final. Individually for Madras, Bryce Williams posted the fastest 200 freestyle prelim time. In the small-school girls competition, Ridgeview’s Rachel Haney set a 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet record in the 100 backstroke in 58.4 seconds. Haney also will swim in today’s final in the 200 IM and as part of the Ravens’ 200 medley relay team. Sophie Gemelas led the White Buffalo girls squad by posting the top 200 IM prelim time of the day.

Swimming continues today at 8:15 a.m. when the 4A/3A/2A/1A finals kick off. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.