LA GRANDE - Eleven John Day swimmers competed June 23-24 at the La Grande Invitational Swim Meet, taking fourth place out of seven teams. Despite the small group competing from John Day, the team was well represented.

The team had good results in the 200 freestyle relay, where four swimmers each sprint 50 meters:

Taking third place in the boys 18 & under free relay were Bill Sevey, Tanner Wilson, Trent Sohr and Logan Delano.

Fourth place in the Girls 12 & under free relay was brought home by Cherise Holmstrom, Charlie Bowden Carli Gardner and Megan Lane.

Individual events highlights:

Cheyenne Valade - First place in 50 freestyle, 1 00 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Trent Sohr - First place in 100-meter breaststroke, fourth in 50 breaststroke and 50-meter fly.

Carli Gardner- Second place in 50-meter fly, third in 100 fly and 100-meter breaststroke.

Cherise Holmstrom- Second place in 50 breaststroke, and third in 100 fly and 100 breaststroke.

Megan Lane -Second place in 100 fly, fourth in 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

Kelly Coxen-Third place in 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and 200 breaststroke.

Tanner Wilson- Third place in 50 fly and 100 freestyle, fourth in 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle.

Bill Sevey-Third place in 200 backstroke, fourth in 200 breaststroke and fifth in 100 freestyle.

Logan Delano - Fourth place in 500 freestyle, fifth in 50 fly and sixth in 50 breaststroke.

McKenzie Wilson - Eighth place in 100 breaststroke and 10th in 50 breaststroke.

Charlie Bowden -10th place in 100 breaststroke and 12th place in 50 breaststroke.

Comments from Coach Barb Miller-Sohr: Competitive swimming takes hard work and dedication. These athletes practice from 6 to 8 a.m. each morning, and many swim an additional hour at 5 p.m. daily. Practices include dryland training, stroke drills, and endurance swimming of a mile or more per session.

At swim meets the competitors swim four or five events each day, all at their fastest speed. It makes for a grueling weekend. Teammates support each other, cheering and encouraging the other swimmers as they take their turn in the pool. By Sunday evening everyone is pretty well wiped out from all of the activity, the hot sun and the energy expenditure of high speed competition.

Since many of our swimmers are also in All Stars Baseball and Softball, we won't have the full team of 46 swimmers in competition until those tournaments are over.

Thirty John Day swimmers competed at the Prineville Invitational on July 6, 7 and 8.

John Day Swim Team Meet Schedule:

Lakeview --July 13, 14 and 15.

Burns --July 20, 21 and 22.

John Day --July 28 and 29.

East Cascade District Championships in Burns August 3, 4 and 5.

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