The Camas Barbers traveling baseball team won the Bend Elks Triple Crown Baseball Memorial Day tournament for their age division on Monday, May 28. The team, which is comprised of 13 players from multiple Lacamas Little League teams, were undefeated throughout the tournament. They faced the Beaverton Cardinals, from Murray Hill Little League, in the Championship game, winning 8-4.

The tournament began at 8 am on Saturday, May 26 at Skyline Park in Bend, OR as Camas faced the Suncreek Wildcats. It wasn’t much of a contest as Camas won 19-0 in two innings.

Pitcher Caden Wengler showed strength and accuracy as the first Camas pitcher of the tourney.

The boys played Irish Wilkinson at 10 am and won 20-0, also in under three innings. The tournament had a 20-run mercy rule in the second inning.

“It wasn’t much of a competition on Saturday morning,” said Camas Barber player Jake Blair, who played center field and pitched some during the tournament.

Most of the team stayed in Sunriver and spent Saturday afternoon at the opening of the Sunriver Aquatic Park. It was a cold day but the park was nonetheless packed.

On Sunday, Camas kicked off game 3 at noon against SELCO, which was a local team. Camas struggled in the first inning and gave up four runs, only to bounce back and ultimately put 20 runs on the board in three innings. Camas won 20-4.

“We’re really proud of these guys,” said Coach Jeff Mansur. “They’re all great hitters – and they all know how to play baseball. They’re competitors.”

Game 4 was played Sunday at 4 versus St. Helens Black Sox and that gave Camas its most competition to date, but Camas still beat them 17-1.

The 4-0 record moved Camas to semi-finals on Monday morning as the No. 1 seed. They played No. 4 seed Sandy and beat them 16-4 in a full game. There was some controversy as parents claimed that Jordan Geigenmiller’s pinch running was illegal. It was overruled twice by the head umpire and the tournament director. There was excellent pitching by Drew Ott.

Being the No. 1 see gave Camas home field advantage going into the Championship game against the Beaverton Cardinals from Murray Hill Little League. This is the same league that sent their Majors All-Star team to the Little League World Series in 2006 and placed third.

Again, Wengler showed up and only allowed 4 runs. The kids kept batting and fighting throughout and were behind 2-1 at the top of the second inning. There were excellent defensive plays by shortstop Josh Mansur who caught one jumping in the air. Blair made two outstanding catches at centerfield, and Christian Knuth had a lot of fun at third base. Camas beat Beaverton 8-4.

The championship win qualifies the Camas Barbers for a trip to the Triple Crown Baseball series in Las Vegas.

The team is coached by John Blair, Jeff Mansur, Andy Ott, Brad Day, and Joel Shega.


Camas Barbers
In this photo: Front row (left to right): Josh Mansur, Christian Knuth, Jackson Day, Jake Blair, Kolby Broadbent. Second row: (left to right): Braden Sanville, Jackson Gibbs, Drew Ott, Tayler Shega, Caden Wengler, Jordan Geigenmiller, Dante Humble, Cameron Smith. Back row: Coaches Joel Shega, Brad Day, Andy Ott, John Blair, and Jeff Mansur.



Portland Fire Crew (Engine No. 14) is gearing up to participate in the 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event at Oaks Park on May 19, as part of an ongoing effort to raise funds to fight childhood cancer.Participates in the event shave their heads for two reasons: 1) To raise money for a cure and: 2) To stand in solidarity with the kids that do not have the choice to be bald.

“Our whole fire crew is shaving our heads for the cause, and we’re all trying to make a difference,” said Fireman and Camas resident, Aaron Gagnon. “… I have raised $385, including my own donation of $50 and donations from friends and family ranging from $10 to a whopping $200 from my buddy Mike Hill. I know we all get busy and get bombarded with emails and phone calls looking for donations, but please take a couple of minutes and throw a little money at this fantastic cause. It really is appreciated and all funds go to an absolutely amazing bunch of kids.”

Gagnon’s entire fire crew is shaving their heads for the cause. Click the link below and search for Aaron Gagnon or for “Engine 14” and make a donation.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.


Aaron Gagnon, Lisa Knight, Chris Butler and Jesse Altig.

It was a battle of the pitchers Saturday at Forest Home Park as two undefeated Little League teams, the Majors Astro’s and the A’s, duked it out to see who would maintain the division’s No. 1 spot.

The home team A’s started All-Star Ryan Behnke, who struck out several Astro’s players and only allowed one run – in the first inning, which was made by Tony Lattanzi.

The Astro’s started All-Star Michael Kuhlman, who pitched an amazing game, and gave the A’s fits. He also only allowed one run, which was made by All-Star Zach Convey. Convey ripped it into the outfield earning a triple, which gave the A’s a boost in the middle of the game. A sacrificial bunt by the A’s Grant Heiser brought Convey home and tied up the game.

All-Star Carson Williams relieved Behnke and maintained a similar performance. All-Star Christian Geigenmiller was the closing pitcher at the top of the sixth and kept the pace of his fellow teammates. The game was stayed 1-1 at the bottom of the sixth.


Little League
All-Star Zach Convey gets ready to steal home and tie up the game,
which was a battle of the pitchers.
The game changed dramatically, though, when Kuhlman was relieved (he hit his 85-pitch count limit) and All-Star Patrick Upkes took the mound. Behnke was walked and would end up being the winning run by stealing home. It was a close call. A’s won 2-1!

Astro’s had three hits, two by Lattanzi, and one by Gage Clarkson. The A’s had two hits — by Convey and Williams.

The victory puts the A’s in a solo first place position in the Majors Division at 5-0. The Astro’s are now 3-1. They have to complete another game that hit a time limit.

“I am so happy with the win,” said A’s Manager, Doug Williams. “What a game!”


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.