Kelso, WA — It may be a bit of a drive, but Kelso is a familiar place for Camas swimmers. It’s been a place where District Championships are won, records broken, and state qualifying times are earned. And, this week was no different.
On Tuesday, Camas Junior, Eric Wu, made his state cut time in the 50 Free (22.23), which put a smile on his face. Reluctant to talk about his feat, he pivoted and thanked his team instead.
”The whole team swam very well today — especially Ben Taylor in the 100 Fly and Luke Bales in the 200 Free. Our team is up and coming and we’re ready for the Kelso Invitational on Saturday.”
That’s how leaders talk.
And, prior to the Kelso meet, Wu demonstrated that talent and capacity. While most were getting themselves mentally ready for the tasks ahead of them, Wu was busy helping teammate, Tim Timchenko, with his swimming strokes.
That’s how leaders act.
Eric Wu helps Tim Timchenko with some swimming strokes.
They lead, they inspire, and they motivate.
The Camas Boys Swim team is a diverse one. You’ve got your rock stars who have State Champion titles, the near break-outs who are are the verge of hitting some amazing times, focused swimmers who are improving their skills, those that struggle or are new to the sport.
Freshman Josef Kiesenhofer’s teammates know he works as hard as anyone at their practices. New to Camas, Kiesenhofer had taken a break from competitive swimming while his family lived in Germany for the past two years. Prior to that, he swam in Connecticut and North Carolina.
He’s focusing on getting state cuts in the 100 Back and 100 Fly.
”I feel pretty good about the 100 Fly,” Kiesenhofer said. “I have a lot of experience, and it’s fun to be on this team. I really admire Mark Kim — he can practically do anything.”
At Kelso, Kiesenhofer competed in the 100 Fly, 50 Free, and two relays. He won the 100 Fly event.
Josef Kiesenhofer in the 100 Fly.
Freshman Kaden Lana started back up this year after a two-year swimming hiatus. He competes in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 Relay.
“Swimming is fun,” said Lana. “And I love doing Freestyle. It’s easy!”
Sophomore Luke Bales is on the cusp of getting State times in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
”I need to shave 1-2 seconds,” said Bales. “That’s still a lot, but Kelso is a good pool with good blocks and a deep diving end. And the walls here are sticky.”
He may pull it off at Kelso 2.0 this week, when the boys meet at the annual major invitational featuring athletes from 19 schools.
To learn more, visit www.chs.camas.wednet.edu
Swim Photo Gallery
In the 100 Fly.
From left: Jake Duerfeldt, Dave Peddie, Josef Kiesenhofer, and Tim Timchenko — one of the Camas relay teams.
From left: Eric Wu, Mark Kim, Jaden Kim, Finn McClone.
Josef Kiesenhofer at the start of the 100 Back.
Mark Kim in the 100 Breast event.
Isaiah Ross in the 100 Breast.
Zach Macia at a recent competition. He’s a member of the State Championship winning Camas Swim Team.
Jack Harris blows bubbles in the pool.
Josef Kiesenhofer in the 100 Fly.
The team cheers on adaptive swimmer, Ben Andrade.
Adaptive swimmer, Ben Andrade.
Brian Andrade, and coach Leslie.
Off the starting blocks in the 50 Free.
Relaxing during the 400 Free. From left: Dave Peddie, Eric Wu, Jaden Kim.
Jaden Kim during a relay.
Luke Bales off the starting blocks.
Tim Timchenkco on the starting block.
Eric Wu completes an event.