The Camas Track & Field Team finished ninth overall with 56 points as the two-day event at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR wrapped up Saturday.

Freshman Alexa Efraimson wowed crowds with her first place finish in the 1500m run with a time of 4:34.23 just edging out her closest competitors.

“Today I wanted to push myself, but I didn’t want to take a lead until I knew I could win it, or have the potential of winning it,” Efraimson said. “I wanted to be able to present myself as not just a Freshman that’s quick but a runner that’s quick.”

Freshman Cole Zarcone placed fourth in the Freshman 100m race with a time of 11.78.

In the Triple Jump, Senior Sydney Allen got a fourth place finish at 35 feet, 9.5 inches.

Amber Corbett placed second in the Girl’s Javelin competition at 126 feet, 7.5 inches. She also scored a personal best.

Junior Andrew Kaler scored a personal best in the 1500m with a time of 4:15.09. He raced in the 3000m on Friday.

The Boy’s Sprint Medley team placed fourth, which consisted of Zarcone, Kyle Schrader, Josh Golden and John Doyle.

The CHS team competed against 45 other scoring teams and held their own, but have fared better in years past.

“I am so impressed with so many of these kids,” said Co-Head Coach Alisa Wise. “Two years ago, we won the whole thing, but to be in Top 10 is great. This is a big event and kids usually set PR’s in events like this, but that didn’t happen as much as we expected. In this big atmosphere you want them to be at or near their personal records. We want them to be consistent as we prepare for state championships.”

She attributed Efraimson’s success to her patience, training and overall personal strategy.

“She was extremely focused,” said Wise. “She was prepared.”

This was the school’s sixth time competing at Oregon Relays, which intertwines college and high school athletes at Historic Hayward Field, home to the Track & Field Olympic Trials and numerous historic events at University of Oregon.

The event itself is amazing and gathers some of the best Track & Field athletes from several states and British Columbia. CHS sent 28 of their best athletes, but several weren’t in attendance due to the Prom on April 21.

One observer from Gig Harbor said many eyes are on the Freshman this year from Camas. “Word has gotten around how good they are,” he said.


Alexa Efraimson
Alexa Efraimson won the 1500m race with a time of 4:34.23.
Girls Track
Some member of the CHS Girl’s Track & Field Team.


Cole Zircon
Cole Zarcone, right, prepares for the Freshman 100m race.


Cole Zarcone finished 4th in the Freshman 100 race.


Alexa Efraimson before she pulled out front. She won the Girl’s 1500m race.


The Camas High School Track & Field Team competed in their first round of events at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, OR, on April 20. The setting at Historic Hayward Field was majestic with an enthusiastic crowd, sunny skies and 70-degree weather. It was amazing.

College and high school teams from several states and British Columbia compete in the annual event at Hayward Field, which is the home of the Track & Field Olympic Trials.

“This place has a lot of history,” said co-Head Coach Alisa Wise. “A lot of dreams have been realized here.”

Lyndsey Wourms and Megan Napier competed in the Girl’s 3000m race and placed tenth and 16th, respectively. Andrew Kaler and Andrew Duffy also competed in the Boy’s 3000m race. Kaler got ninth place with a time of 9:00; and Duffy placed 11th.

“I’m having a great time,” said Kaler. “I got nine minutes in the 3000m and I’m a bit sore but I’m excited to compete in the 1500m tomorrow.”

The Camas Girl’s Distance Medley Relay team (Camille Parsons, Kimi Knight, Austen Reiter and Alexa Efraimson) placed second with a time of 12:12.11 and broke the CHS record for that event.

The Boy’s Distance Medley Relay team (John Doyle, Kyle Schrader, Jackson Cutler and Tucker Boyd) placed ninth, and just missed scoring. First through eight place scores.

Daniel Ryan cleared his opening height in the High Jump and Paige Jackson competed in the Pole Vault. Triton Pitassi competed in the Shot Put.

In all, 28 CHS student athletes are competing at Oregon Relays this year.



Tucker Boyd receives the baton from Jackson Cutler going into the last leg
of the Boy’s Distance Medley Relay on Friday, April 20.
CHS track stars Andrew Kaler (foreground) and Andrew Duffy compete
in the Boy’s 3000m race on Friday, April 20.


CHS track star Megan Napier competes in the Boy’s 3000m race.


College students compete in separate events at the Oregon Relays.

The Varsity Baseball team won another close game 4-2 over Prairie. Gabe Heredia picked up the win on the mound pitching two innings of scoreless relief.

Tyler Hallead pitched a scoreless 7th inning to get the save. Hallead was 1-for-2 with an RBI in the game and the offense drew nine walks from Prairie pitchers (2 with the bases loaded).

The C Team won their fourth straight in Tuesday’s double header against Prairie, beating them 14-3 and then 6-1 at home. They also won Saturday’s double header against Skyview and Battle Ground.

Brennan Dyehouse
Brennan Dyehouse takes the mound at a double header at CHS.

The Camas Track & Field team had a successful night at the Jon Ingram Twilight Meet at Columbia River on Friday, taking home two trophies and a new school record to boot.

Camas Track & Field runner Alexa Efraimson finished the 1600m run in 4:57, breaking the Camas High School record for that event.  Camas swept the tops spots in both Boys and Girl’s 1600m runs!

Zack Marshall took first place in the 200m at 22.57 and also placed second in the 100m. Tucker Boyd bested the competition in the 800m run with a time of 2:01.00.

Camas also dominated the Boy’s 1600m run with Andrew Kaler, Tucker Boyd, and John Doyle taking the top three spots.

William Ephraim placed third in the Men 300m Hurdles with a time of 43.81. Camas placed second in the Boy’s 4×100 Relay with a time of 45.28; Columbia River won that event.


Alexa Efraimson set a new CHS record in the 1600m run at Columbia River.



Daniel Ryan placed second in the Boy’s High Jump at 5′ 10″.

Efraimson won the Girl’s 800m run with a time of 2:15.32; Austen Reiter placed third in the same event. Efraimson, Reiter and Camille Parsons also dominated the 1600m, taking the top three spots.

Kimi Knight continued her success in the 100m Hurdles, placing second at 16.14. Camas Girls also won the 4×400 Relay with a time of 4:25.21.

Lauren Neff capture third place in the Girl’s High Jump at 5 feet; she got second place in the Triple Jump. And Paige Jackson got the third spot in the Pole Vault event at 9 feet.

The team competes against Prairie and Hudson’s Bay on Monday, and then head off to Oregon Relays in Eugene, OR on Friday.


Camas High School Track & Field proved their competitive edge with a successful showing at their first invitational of the young season at Battle Ground on Saturday, March 24.

The Camas boys won overall at the Tiger Invitational with the Camas girls placing second.

“The boys look VERY STRONG this year with depth in every event across the board,” said Co-Head Coach, Alisa Wise. “They won the meet and the girls also look very strong. We took second to Union by just a few points. We had some wonderful surprises from some freshmen athletes on both sides.”

Freshman Alexa Efraimson broke the meet record in the 800m AND school record at 2:17. Zach Marshall won the 100-Meter Dash with a time of 11.15!

Wise said Freshman Cole Zarcone stood out and “will be a force for us on the boy’s side.”

Zarcone, along with Daniel Ryan, Kyle Schrader and John Payne won the 4×100 Relay with a time of 44.16.

Camas Boys also won on the 4×400 Relay with Zach Eagle, Jared Smith, Schrader, and Marshall.

Marshall also delivered a first place win in the 200 Meters with a time of 22.75.

In long distance, Tucker Boyd placed third in both the 800 and 1600-meter events. Andrew Duffy and Andrew Kaler placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 3200-meter race.

In the Distance Medley 12,4,8,16, Camas placed third with a time of 11:48.90 with Taryk Boyd, Jackson Cutler, Matthew Sanchez and Timothy Miles.

Scott Feather placed second in Discus, while Triton Pitassi placed third in Shot Put.

Josh Ryan placed fourth in Long Jump and so did John Payne in the Triple Jump.

Paige Jackson Pole Vault
Junior Paige Jackson placed 2nd in Pole Vault.
“We are starting to get some ‘shape’ to our events and it’s exciting,” said Wise. “Caleb Morrissey got a BIG PR at 18-9! I was so excited for him! He is a good example of fortitude and it will pay OFF! He will do good things — he has good ‘pop’ speed and as he matures, he just gets stronger and faster and better!”

Lauren Neff placed first in the High Jump at 5’ 2”.

Kimi Knight won the 100-meter High Hurdles with a time of 16.44; and Tamaki Murata placed third in the same event. Knight also placed third in the 300 meter Hurdles.

Alexa Efraimson, Lauren Neff, Camille Parsons and Kimi Knight won the 4×400 Relay. Paige Jackson placed second in the Pole Vault.

“Well it was our fist invite, and for some of us it was our very first track meet,” said Kimi Knight. “So it was just exciting for everyone. And the sunshine was just amazing! I think that brought our spirits up as well. I competed in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, the 4×400, relay, and the long jump and that was my very first time doing that since 8th grade.”


Caleb Morrissey
Caleb Morrisey got a PR for Long Jump.


Cole Zarcone has a bright future in track, says Coach Alisa Wise.

The Columbia River Swim Team (CRST) recently participated in the 2012 Speedo Western Zone Champions, or commonly called “Senior Sectionals” at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The event lasted four days and included high-level swimmers from 12 states, according to Doug Lombard, co-founder of CRST. The swimmers included high school and college stars, as well as former Olympians.

“You have to be proficient and fast to even get there,” said Lombard. “Nine kids from our local swim club went and 90 percent of them got best times, setting personal records.”

The event is considered one step below Olympic trials and several of the swimmers are currently trying to attain Junior National and Olympic trials cuts.

CRST sent the following swimmers to Senior Sectionals: Eric Bugna, Kasey Calwell, Jaron Hamlik, Jim Nguyen, Darya Samlee, Julia Sanders, Alex Suk, Felicia Williamson, and Andrea Young.

The swimmers competed in multiple events, and most got best times. Three, however, placed top 15 in their respective events. This is a major achievement considering the competition.

Jaron Hamlik placed 15th in the Boys 200 meter Individual Medley (IM); and Julia Sanders placed 14th in the Girls 50 meter Freestyle and 15th in the Girls 200 IM.

Jaron Hamlik
Jaron Hamlik looks forward to competing at
upcoming Santa Clara Invitational. He placed 15th in the
Boys 200 IM at Federal Way.
 “This was not my first time competing on a sectional level, I’ve competed in senior sectionals every season for about two or three years now,” said Sanders. “I’ve also competed in Junior Nationals several times and swam the 100 butterfly at Senior Nationals when they were here in Federal Way. Competing at high level meets is very exciting, they have a completely different feel than age-group level meets. It’s a lot of fun and really motivating to travel as a team and compete with some of the fastest swimmers in the Nation.”

Sanders has two main goals for the next few years in her swimming career. The first is to make an Olympic trials cut, and the second is to swim at a division one college after she graduates in 2013.

Hamlik continues to impress those around him, but maintains modesty and said he “felt pretty good” and continues to think about getting ready for the next season.

Kasey Calwell, who competed with Camas High School this past season, felt good about his performance at Senior Sectionals. He dropped times in several of his races.

“It was so much different than the high school state meet because first of all, kids from 12 states competed in this meet,” said Calwell. “With high school states, it was just Washington. So that adds a very different element to it. And this is the first meet that you really see Olympic-bound kids such as Missy Franklin, who’s got a world record in the 200 Back and swims for the Colorado Stars in Denver. It is so much more competitive, so it really motivates you to see if you can move up in the coming years. You see what the Olympic people go, and you say to yourself, ‘How can I get there?’ So that’s my mindset coming out of it.”

Two weeks prior to the Senior Sectionals, CRST placed second at the Oregon Senior Championships for swimmers 13 and older. The nine swimmers that made it to the Senior Sectionals in Federal Way achieved specific time standards at the Oregon event or at some point during the season. Those time achievements made it possible for them to go to Senior Sectionals.

Lombard said Hamlik and Sanders are aggressively working toward achieving qualifying Olympic Trials times, and “that is a big deal.”

“Olympic trials are very difficult to meet,” said Lombard. “It’s like making the NCAA tournament and only the top two in each Olympic trial event go onto the Olympics. The Olympic swim team consists of 34 swimmers.”

The team’s next meet is the Santa Clara International Meet at the end of May. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has frequented the event in year’s past.

Hamlik expects to compete in the 100 Back and 200 IM at the very least. “Those are the only ones I think I’m qualified in right now.”



Competitive swimming.

As Camas High School Freshman Ryan Gunther says  “it’s not as easy as it looks.” Gunther, who recently wrapped up his first season as a Papermaker swimmer was surprised by the amount of effort it takes to be a competitive swimmer.

“I did it to stay in shape for the winter,” he says, “so I could be conditioned for track this spring. It was a big surprise. These guys all work really hard and they’re in the best shape.”

Gunther was part of a 35-member Camas Boy’s Swim Team this past season that went undefeated in regular season (8-0) and won the 3A District Championship. On February 18, eight Camas swimmers competed in the State 3A finals and several made it to the awards podium, placing ninth overall in the state.

Pretty amazing.

Especially considering the team placed 21st at State last year and the program itself is only 10 years old. And to top it off, there isn’t a lot of water around here, says Head Coach Mike Bemis. He’s referring to the lack of decent competitive swimming pools in the area.

“I am really proud of the boys,” he said. “Most of them are here twice a day four or five times a week and swim the equivalent of 3.5 miles during our 90-minute practices. They work very, very hard, and it’s paying off.”

Outgoing Senior and co-captain, Ian Ulmer, says “I’m pleased with the effort so many of our players have put into the season.”

Team warms up before State Prelims.
The team practices at Lacamas Swim and Sport Club in Camas and the numbers are impressive. The practices consist of a hodge-podge of several schools (Camas, Hockinson and Prairie) simply because the other schools lack the numbers and “water” to accommodate the swimmers. Basically, the support isn’t there, so Camas takes the leadership.Jaron Hamlik, who is Prairie’s lone swimmer, impressed the viewers at State with his results.

“Jaron has a strong work ethic,” says Ian. “He comes to work at practice every day, and works hard to make himself better, to improve his times.”

Lacamas Magazine came along late to the party this season, but got to spend multiple practices and three separate events with the Camas High School Boy’s Swim team that very recently made it to the podium at the 3A Divisional Championship Games.

It’s a sport that sometimes gets a bad wrap, and too often lacks the coverage or recognition it deserves.

Shaved heads, shaved legs, chlorine, tiny suits, expensive suits, leg suits, all contribute to a perception that things are sort of well, odd. There’s swimmer humor, swimmer jokes – you get the picture. Then you hear guys from other sports say “oh, those swimmers, they’re wimps … we’re way stronger …”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

At our first covered event, the team had just completed their last regular meet at Lacamas and went undefeated. Impressive.

My own sons saw the competition and were amazed at the speed, technique and agility they saw. The 11 year-old said to his younger brother, “dude, look at the muscles on that guy!” while flexing his own biceps.

“Swimmers are the best-conditioned athletes out there,” said Camas resident, Susan Neff, a former swimmer herself. “All the muscles get worked out, the lung capacity increases, and the endurance a swimmer has would beat any football player. Swimmers have it all.”

Bemis agrees.

“These boys get an amazing workout,” he says. “They are in the best shape of their lives.”

Bemis and Co-Captain Nick Kabel said breathing techniques are a big part of competitive swimming. “We train the boys to take one breath along the first leg of any swim. We teach them how breathing properly will help them get through the race. We practice as we would compete. It’s intense.”

Yes it is.

Freshman Kasey Calwell, said “the 6 am practices are grueling and have made for a challenging season.”

It’s no fun arriving at 5:45 am to a cold pool and then swimming for 90 minutes, says Freshman Lucas Ulmer. He along with brother, Ian, generally attend two practices a day. The schedule makes staying awake during the day a challenge at times.

Once you realize what these swimmers go through, you find the meets much more interesting. It’s more than a body gliding through the water. It’s about technique, diving in correctly, breathing correctly, flipping correctly. It’s about properly synchronizing the entire body. It’s about inches and centimeters of space between the water and the wall. Seconds and milliseconds separate champions. For these guys, times are the focus of entire discussions.

Nick Kabel
Anxiety. Awaiting results.

“I want to get under a minute,” says Jake Yraceburu. “If I can just get it under one minute.”

Again, it’s impressive.

And then there are the emotions.

“Seventy percent of swimming in my opinion is mental,” says Calwell. “From the suit to shaving to the meet itself and the competition. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.”

Calwell himself experience trouble with his high-tech suit at State. “It kept bubbling up on me – it was frustrating,” he said. The fabric on his suit fits like a second skin as it repels water, and can cost several hundred dollars.

We watched the swimmers at several practices, and then at three events: 1) The final regular season game; 2) The District Championships; and 3) The State Finals.

The boys worked hard at each practice, paying close attention to their coach’s instructions and then competed with the same level of intensity. Confidence exuded at the regular season closer and again at the District Championship meet in Kelso, where they won handily. Smiles were on many faces.

But at the State Prelims you could sense the nervousness on many of their faces. Exuberance and energy a week earlier had turned into edginess and bickering.

For several, it was the first time competing at State. And it is daunting. The King County Aquatic Center is a massive structure, and the boys were in the presence of dozens of other schools whose goal it was to simply crush everyone in their way.

It was sea of athletes, literally. It’s amazing how a swim cap and goggles changes a person’s persona. They’re competitors, and it’s their job to intimidate you.

Swimmers from Shorewood could be overhead talking smack about a particular Camas swimmer.

At prelims, one Camas swimmer was eliminated, and another was disqualified for not touching a wall sensor.

Bemis had several one-on-one’s with his team, and you could see the disappointed faces on several of the athletes.

Times at the heats weren’t as good as expected and the top 8 finishes, in many cases, weren’t happening.

Frustration set in, but eventually most tried to shake it off.

Calwell said at the end of prelims: “You have nothing to lose if you’re in 8th place — I can shake this off.”

Kabel, who a week earlier set a pool record in the 50 Free at Districts struggled at State.

“I didn’t do my best today and I’m really disappointed,” he said.

Calwell provided his perspective on State: “Well for me prelims is just a warm-up to the big event for finals. Sometimes, for some people, there’s more pressure for prelims than for finals because they need to lock a certain place in an event. I really wanted championship finals in the 100 breast and 200 IM but didn’t get it in prelims. Still I barely got some best times and came out of the meet feeling good.”

Calwell continued: “As Jake said, I sometimes feel really ready to take it on and sometimes I just don’t feel in the groove. Today, I felt really good and ready to take on anything. I don’t know but on prelims I was very frustrated as you saw, and I just was tired and couldn’t get momentum. But I got a little momentum at the end of yesterday and was able to ride the wave coming into today.”

Lucas Ulmer, though, was calm about everything. “I’m totally confident about finals, no worries, we’ll be fine,” he said.

Everyone turned it around the very next day. They really wanted to get Top 8 in their events.

And they did it in two of three relays – placing eighth in the 200 Medley Relay and 7th in the 200 Free Relay. Here were the teams:

  • 200 Medley Relay: 8th place, consisting of Lucas Ulmer, Jake Yraceburu, Nick Kabel, and John Utas.
  • 200 Free Relay: 7th place, consisting of John Utas, Kasey Calwell, Jake Yraceburu, and Nick Kabel.

And Jake Yraceburu tied for 5th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

All are amazing feats.

Kabel was happy with the overall season and how well his teammates performed.

Now that the season is over, the boys can contemplate on the experiences, on what they learned and on what’s next.

For Kabel, Ulmer and several other teammates, it’s the end of the line for high school. In the fall, they’ll report to their chosen colleges, and look back on the years they had together building a swimming program.

“It’s been a blast,” said Kabel. “We’re leaving the program in good hands with such great Freshmen swimmers. Look at what they can do.”

For the Freshmen and others, it’ll be, says Calwell “about I think I can improve on turns, starts, and little innuendoes on my swimming. I need to clean up on the little stuff. They all add up after a while.”

And they do.

The Camas Swim Team ended their season Saturday feeling a lot better than they did at Prelims on Friday, and placed ninth overall in the Washington State 3A Division Championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

“Overall at state I was very pleased by prelims but I was a little disappointed at finals as far as times go,” said Jake Yraceburu.  “But as far as placing on the podium in three of my races I am very excited about that.”

Yraceburu feels he did as much as he could have done at state.

“I gave everything I had in every race I swam,” he said.

The state medal the Camas swimmers received
in the 200 free relay for 7th place!


200 Free Relay: 7th place, consisting of John Utas, Kasey Calwell, Nick Kabel and Jake Yraceburu. 


200 Medley Relay: 8th place, (far left) consisting of Lucas Ulmer,
Jake Yraceburu, Nick Kabel, and John Utas.


Camas Freshman Lucas Ulmer competes in the 100 Backstroke
at the State 3A Division Championships in Federal Way, WA.

 He was one of seven Camas swimmers to compete in Saturday’s finals.

“Today went really well,” said Junior Trent Harimoto. “The relays did really well and I got a personal best time in the 400 free relay. I think 100 free might be my event next year because I have gotten really good at it this year. Considering last year we were in 21st place and now we are in ninth it is pretty awesome. Next year we will probably be in the top 8 easily.”

Here is how things shook out:

  • 200 Medley Relay: 8th place, consisting of Lucas Ulmer, Jake Yraceburu, Nick Kabel, and John Utas.
  • 200 Free Relay: 7th place, consisting of John Utas, Kasey Calwell, Jake Yraceburu, and Nick Kabel.
  • 400 Free Relay: 10th place, consisting of Lucas Ulmer, Ian Ulmer, Kasey Calwell, and Trent Harimoto.
  • 200 IM: Lucas Ulmer, 10th; Kasey Calwell, 11th.
  • 100 Backstroke: Lucas Ulmer, 12th place.
  • 100 Breaststroke: Jake tied for 5th place; Kasey Calwell tied for 12th.

Camas placed just five points behind archrival Mountain View, who they handily beat a week earlier at Districts.

Stay tuned for a seasonal wrap up video on the CHS Swim Team.


The Camas High School Boy’s Swim Team made waves at Saturday’s 3A District Championship game winning the meet and breaking some records along the way.

The swimmers competed in 11 events against several other schools, including Hudson’s Bay, Columbia River, Mountain View, Kelso, Ft. Vancouver, and Prairie, and won enough points overall for their efforts to capture the District title for their second consecutive year.

District team results are as follows: Camas 409, Mountain View 248, Columbia River 230, Kelso 114, Hudson’s Bay 82, Fort Vancouver 54, and Prairie 32.

During Districts two new CHS school records were set in the 200 Medley Relay and by Jake Yraceburu in the 100 Breastroke.  Kelso High School Pool Records were also set by Senior Nick Kabel in 50 Free, the 200 Free Relay and the 200 Medley relay.

“It feels so good to win the last one!” said Co-Captain and Senior, Ian Ulmer. “Everything was awesome, and the number of people who made state cuts really surprised me.”

Kelso Pool
Kelso High School Pool


District Champions
Camas High Boy’s Swimming is No. 1!

Swimmers who take the top two spots in every Finals event, or who have previously qualified for state times, will travel to Federal Way next week to compete in the high school State swim meet.

Swimmers are allowed to only compete in four events and only up to three relays. Relays are four-member races. The meet lasted a little less than three hours.

“The meet went perfectly according to plan,” said Kabel. “Swimmer placement was spot on, and the 200 free was great!”

Here’s how Camas did, by event.

200 Yard Medley Relay: Camas placed second with a time of 1:41.00. The relay team consisted of Junior Jake Yraceburu, Ian Ulmer, Freshman Lucas Ulmer, and Freshman John Utas. These four swimmers made state cut.

200 Yard Freestyle: Camas Junior Seth Albert secured placement at state with a second place finish and a time of 1:57.17. Fellow Camas swimmers Max Urbanek placed third, 1:59.65, and Nick Panebianco placed fourth, 2:01.97.

200 Yard Individual Medley (IM): Prairie High School swimmer Jaron Hamlik, who practices daily with the CHS swimmers, placed first. Freshman Kasey Calwell placed second, 2:01.99, and both will compete at state. Lucas Ulmer placed third, 2:02.95, and Ian Ulmer placed fifth, 2:10.10. Jeffery Lee, 2:20.11; Nicholas Burton, 2:32.64; and XinYang Chen, 2.33.45.

50 Yard Freestyle: Kabel handily won this event with a time of :22.32, and broke a pool record. Utas placed third, :22.92,  and Yraceburu placed sixth, :23.17. Other times include: Trent Harimoto, :23.87, Alastair Graham, :24.37, and Joey Stitzel, :24.53.

100 Yard Butterfly: Kabel placed third with a time of :55.67 and Trent Harimoto placed fourth, at :56.70.

100 Yard Freestyle: Utas placed fifth, :51.28, and Co-captain Alastair Graham placed sixth, :53.53. Joey Stitzel, :54:13, and Alec Geenty, :55.74.

500 Yard Freestyle: Max Urbanek placed fifth, 5:19.74, and Nick Panebianco placed sixth, 5:19.62. Other times include: Seth Albert, 5:36.06; Austin Alling, 6:15.32; and Xiangyang Yan, 6:26.38.

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Camas won this event with Kabel, Harimoto, Calwell and Utas setting a pool record of 1:32.02. These boys are state-bound!

100 Yard Backstroke: Hamlik won this event; Lucas Ulmer placed third but already had a state qualifying time at Thursday’s races; and Freshman CHS swimmer Nick Langer placed fifth, at 1:03.46. Other finishes include: Jeffery Lee, 1:04.42 and Nick Burton, at 1:12.11.

100 Yard Breaststroke: CHS swimmers snagged the top four spots in this event. Yraceburu won the event with a time of 1:01.02; Calwell, second with a time of  1:03.10; Ian Ulmer, third with a time of 1:06.91; and Joey Wunderlich placed fourth with a time of 1:10.02.

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: CHS swimmers Harimoto, Ian Ulmer, Lucas Ulmer and Calwell made state cut with a second place finish, and a time of 3:24.33.

The seniors faced their last District competition of their high school careers and have enjoyed their experience. The team is losing several top competitors, but they are also confident of the team’s future.

“Kasey [Calwell] is an incredible swimmer,” said Ian. “With the times he posted today, I’m pretty sure that over the rest of his high school swimming career, he will continue to improve in all of his events.”

He is also impressed with his brother, Lucas, as well as Utas, Langer, Urbanek and Freshman Ryan Gunther, who competed in his first season of swimming.

“This year we are definitely losing many solid senior swimmers,” said Urbanek. “But I think we have an incredibly strong freshmen team. Kasey is a great breaststroker, Lucas is a really good backstroke and butterfly swimmer, and John Utas is a super fast freestyle sprinter, and me being a distance swimmer, we have some strong freshmen in every event. Along with the freshmen there are many juniors and sophomores this year that are fast and I’m looking forward to some relays in the following years. I really hope that my senior year I can be a part of that fast relay.”

The team has been working hard for months, with many practicing twice daily. It’s a major commitment.

The following is a list of all CHS swimmers who qualified for Districts:

  • Seth Albert
  • Austin Alling
  • Nick Burton
  • Kasey Calwell
  • Jake Charters
  • Xinyang Chen
  • Alec Geenty
  • Alastair Graham
  • Ryan Gunther
  • Trent Harimoto
  • Nick Kabel
  • Nick Langer
  • Jefferey Lee
  • Nick Panebianco
  • Joey Stitzel
  • Ian Ulmer
  • Lucas Ulmer
  • Max Urbanek
  • John Utas
  • Joey Wunderlich
  • Xiangyang Yan
  • Jake Yraceburu

“As much as I like to complain about how long and hard the race (500 Yard Freestyle) can be, I actually like the longer races, said Urbanek. “There is a lot more strategy to the longer races because you have to pace yourself and spread your energy throughout a longer distance. Training for distance races often includes just lots of distance and stamina work in the pool.”

State-bound swimmers will continue to practice, said Coach Mike Bemis, who is assisted daily by Leslie Dahlen.  The swimmers are grateful for their commitment to coaching and making the team better.

Co-Captains Ian Ulmer, Nick Kabel and Alastair Graham savor victory.


The Papermakers had a great first day at the District Swim Meet on Thursday at Kelso High School as their efforts paid off with qualifying times heading into Saturday’s finals in Kelso.

Camas has qualified 18 out of 22 swimmers for finals. The 200 Medley Relay set a new pool… record and qualified for state going 1:41.28. Relay members were Lucas Ulmer, Jake Yraceburu, Nick Kabel & John Utas. Nick Langer, Nick Panebianco, Max Urbanek and Seth Albert also qualified for finals in the 200 free.

In the 200 IM Kasey Caldwell, Lucas Ulmer, Ian Ulmer, Jeffery Lee, Nicholas Burton and Xinyang Chen qualified for finals. Kasey Calwell qualified for State, as well. In the 50 free qualifying for finals and State were Nick Kabel, John Utas, Jake Yraceburu. Also qualifing for finals were Trent Harimoto, Joey Stitzel & Alistair Graham.

Kabel set a new pool record in the 50 free.

In the 100 butterfly Nick Kabel qualified for state, and also qualifying for finals were Trent Harimoto, Xyangyang Yan, Joey Wunderlich. In the 100 free John Utas, Alistair Graham, Joey Stitzel, Alec Geenty qualified for finals.

In the 500 free qualifying for finals are Max Urbanek, Nicholas Panebianco, Seth Albert, Xiangyang Yan, & Austin Alling. In the 100 back Lucas Ulmer, Nick Langer, Jeffery Lee & Nicholas Burton qualified for finals. In the 100 breast Jake Yraceburu and Kasey Calwell qualified for State; and Ian Ulmer, Joey Wunderlich & XinYang Chen qualified for finals. Camas 200 free & 400 free relays are seated first.

Information provided by Marcia Johnson, of CHS Athletics.

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Relay Team
In the above photo, from left to right: John Utas, Lucas Ulmer, Jake Yraceburu, and Nick Kabel
set a new pool record in the 200 Medley Relay and qualified for state going 1:41.28.


Alastair Graham
In the 100 free John Utas, Alistair Graham (pictured above), Joey Stitzel, Alec Geenty qualified for finals.