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The Camas High School Boys Swim team won their fourth consecutive District title Thursday at Propstra Pool, with a final score of 459, soundly beating four other schools and finishing off a dominate season.

The Papermakers earned first place finishes in nine of 11 events, and Kasey Calwell earned a personal record in the 200 IM, with a time of 1:58.25, dropping four seconds off his time. Calwell swims for Camas, but attends King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver.

Skyview’s Eric Bugna won the two other events, the 100 Fly with a time of 53.04, in a neck-and-neck race with Lucas Ulmer, of Camas, as well as the 100 Backstroke. The two are best friends and fierce competitors.

Camas got off to a great start with the 200 Medley Relay, which consisted of Calwell, Jake Yraceburu, Ulmer and John Utas. The team finished first with 1:46.85. Skyview’s relay team placed second, and consisted of Bugna, Jake Breuer, Mason Leavitt, and Nick Anderson. Union, Heritage and Evergreen also competed in Thursday’s meet.

Seth Albert won the 200 Free with a time of 1:53.9, while Papermaker Max Urbanek placed second.

“It just feels so great,” said Albert. “I came here ready to compete and win. It’s been a great meet.”

Calwell was beaming after his victory in the 200 IM. He was followed by Skyview’s Jake Breuer, who clocked in at 2:03.47, which is also a state cut.

Champions
Papermaker Victory! Camas Boys Swim Team won their fourth
consecutive District Championship.
Max Urbanek
Camas sophomore Max Urbanek moments after winning the 500 Free event.

“This is my best time ever – at club or high school – for this event,” said Calwell. His smile was contagious.

Camas took all three top spots in the 50 Free as John Utas won with a time of 23.02. Yraceburu came in second, with 23.42, and Sean Yan was third at 24.14.

Albert also won the 100 Free with a time of 52.10.

Long-distance swimmer Max Urbanek was the favorite to win the 500 Free and didn’t disappoint by placing first with a time of 5:11.85. Nick Panebianco, of Camas, placed second.

Camas owned the 200 Free Relay besting Skyview and Union. The team was made up of Trent Harimoto, Sean Yan, Utas, and Albert. Their time was 1:33.26.

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Bugna wasn’t about to let Camas take it all by winning the 100 Backstroke. Ulmer was a close second.

“It was a good race,” said Bugna. “It’s been fun.”

Yraceburu won the 100 Breastroke with a time of 1:01.71. “It’s been awesome to win all four years,” said Yraceburu.

The Papermakers finished off the night with a victory in the 400 Free Relay. Calwell, Yraceburu, Albert and Ulmer finished off the competition with a time of 3:25.59.

Camas Swim Coach, Mike Bemis, said: “These times are what we’re shooting for, and I think we can do even better at state.”

Event winners and those who qualified for state travel to Federal Way for the 4A State Championships next week at the King County Aquatic Center.

A Lacamas Magazine video report on the District Championships will be released soon.

 

Lucas Ulmer
Lucas Ulmer, center, along with two teammates, Kasey Calwell and Jake
Yraceburu, along with John Utaas won the 200 Medley Relay.
Jake Yraceburu
Jake Yraceburu had a great night at Thursday’s meet.

PROPSTRA AQUATIC CENTER, VANCOUVER – Young Camas swimmers Ben Teames and Shicon Wen made waves Wednesday at Sub-Districts by earning qualifying times for next week’s District Championship meet.

The Sub-Districts provide lesser-experienced or new swimmers a final opportunity to earn qualifying times in events for which they compete. In addition to Teames and Wen (1:30.09 for 100 Backstroke), several Hockinson swimmers also met District cuts. Hockinson practices with Camas, and those swimmers include: Nathan Carrsow (2:15.90 for 200 Free); Bryce Croucher (29.19 for 50 Free); Davis Escola (27.83 for 50 Free); Tommy Harshaw (27.90 for 50 Free); Kennan Aho (1:21.75 for 100 Backstroke) and Landen Gullberg (1:04.92 for 100 Free).

 

Ben Teames
Camas freshman, Ben Teames, finishes the 100 Free at Wednesday’s
Sub-Districts. He surprised himself by moving onto Districts.

 

Shicon Wen
Shicon Wen, on the starting block, also moves onto Districts after
getting a better-then-expected time at Sub-Districts.

Teames surprised himself by winning his heat in the 100 Free with a time of 1:11.92. Moments earlier he competed in the 200 IM and didn’t make the cut.

After the 100 Free he wasn’t sure his time was good enough to qualify so he cleaned up, got dressed and was later notified of his achievement.

“I didn’t think it could be done,” said Teames, who just started swimming competitively this season. “It’s a great feeling! I feel much better and I’m so much stronger than I was just a couple of months ago. I’m happy I stuck with it.”

It was a major change in attitude for the 15-year-old freshman.

In November, at one of the team practices, he lamented he even signed up for the swim team, as he watched more experienced and seasoned swimmers fly past him.

“It’s so hard,” he said back then. “It’s so much harder than it looks, and I’m so slow.”

Teames signed up for swimming to condition for track, but didn’t realize what he got himself into. The team practices twice daily through the winter months.

Leslie Dahlen, the team’s assistant coach, was there Wednesday to see Teames’ victory.

“It was the most enlightening event,” she said. “The kids really came through, and Ben really was the surprise of the night. He’s worked really hard and it all came together tonight.”

Leslie is really proud of Tommy Harshaw, as well, who dropped five seconds off his 100 Free time – down to 1:05.71.

As for Teames, he’s pleased he entered the world of swimming.

“It’s made me stronger, more competitive and I’m better conditioned,” he said. “I’m glad I did this.”

Teames and his teammates compete next Thursday at the District Championship. Several of the CHS swimmers have already qualified to compete at State the following week.

 

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Tommy Harshow, of Hockinson (team practices with Camas), center,
shaved five seconds off his 100 Free time.
Swim meet
Landen Gullberg, of Hockinson, moves onto
Districts after qualifying in the 100 Free. At right
is TJ Meade, of Mark Morris.

The Camas High School Boys Swim Team won their final home meet of the season Wednesday night outpacing Mountain View, as well as Hockinson, Evergreen, Heritage and Woodland Schools. The team finished the dual meet season undefeated beating Union 203-80, Mountain View 188-87, Evergreen 221-35, and Heritage 229-16. Camas now has qualified for all three relays for State plus inviduals Kasey Calwell, Lucas Ulmer and John Utas.

The CHS Papermakers got the night off to a good start with a win in the 200m Medley Relay. The four-man team consisted of Kasey Calwell, Lucas Ulmer, Jake Yraceburu and Xiaguang Yan, and earned a time of 1:55.99. They were followed by Hockinson and the other Camas relay team of Jeffery Lee, Trent Harimoto, Joey Wunderlich and Nick Langer.

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Camas Sophomore Lucas Ulmer had a good meet Wednesday.

 

Seth Albert won the 200m Freestyle with a time of 2:09. Camas swimmer Max Urbanek placed second with a time of 2:12.77.

Sophomore Kasey Calwell won the 200m Individual Medley, earning a time of 2:15.94. Jon Rodewald, of Hockinson, placed second.

Camas Co-Captain and Senior, JakeYraceburu, won the 50m Freestyle with a time of 25.93. Dylan Osborne, of Hockinson, placed second.

Camas senior, Trent Harimoto, won the 100m Butterfly with a time of 1:07.97. Lucas Ulmer placed a very close second.

In the 400m Freestyle, Papermaker Max Urbanek, a sophomore, handily won the event with a time of 4:37.93. Urbanek really enjoys the longer distance races. The Papermakers won the 200m Freestyle Relay. The team consisted of Seth Albert, Xiaguang Yan, Trent Harimoto, and Jake Yraceburu.

 

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Jackson Toole, left, and Ben Teames during
a relay at Wednesday’s meet.
Ulmer also won the 100m Backstroke, clocking in at 1:03.31, and Yraceburu also won the 100m Breaststroke. The Papermaker 400m Freestyle Relay team also took first place in that event. The team consisted of Albert, Calwell, Yan and Ulmer. The boys have their last regular season meet, which is an invitational at Mark Morris, a week from Saturday. To learn more, go to camas.wednet.edu

VANCOUVER — The Camas High School Boys Swim Team continued their winning season on Tuesday, beating Mark Morris, 120-49 and RA Long, 135-24.

Camas sophomore Lucas Ulmer qualified his 100 butterfly & 100 backstroke for the state meet. His times were 55.11 in the fly and 56.61 in the 100 back. Other first place finishers were Seth Albert in the 200 free; Kasey Calwell in the 200 IM & 100 Breast; and Max Urbanek in the 500 free.

“I feel really good about what I did,” said Ulmer.

 

 

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Camas sophomore, Lucas Ulmer, made
state meet qualifying times in two events
on Tuesday night at Mark Morris.

 

 

KELSO — The Camas High School Boys Swim team won its first Dual meet of the new season — Camas 123, Kelso 54.

“This is an excellent start to the season,” said Head Coach, Mike Bemis. “There were some really good swims by our team. We had some state qualifying times by several swimmers. We’re really happy.”

The 200-medley relay team of Kasey Calwell, Jake Yraceburu, Lucas Ulmer and John Utas qualified for state with a 1:43.08 time. Calwell qualified for state in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.84.

“Kasey missed the 100 free state cut by by one-tenth of a second,” said Bemis. “He’s really close to what he did at state last season, and look how early it is.”

Ulmer Cap
Lucas Ulmer was part of the 200-medly relay team that qualified
for a state time at the Kelso meet on Tuesday.

 

Camas collected 21 district qualifying times at the meet, which included Ulmer and Utas, who were within one second of their state qualifying times in the 100 free. Yraceburu missed the state qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke by .2 of a second.

Other highlights included Seth Albert in the 500 free, who dropped 30 seconds off his performance from a year ago. 
 
“Seth’s performance really highlights how well the team did,” said Bemis.
 
Max Urbanek earned best times in the 200 free and 100 fly.
 
The next meet is this Thursday at David Douglas High School in Portland.
 
Laps
 

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.


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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

Camas Boys Swim team are the 3A Dual League Champions. The team was undefeated this year, beating Mt. View 167 to 116 and Union 200 to 85 at their final regular season meet on January 23 at Lacamas Swim and Sport. Says Marcia Johnson, of CHS Athletics: “This was a great team win and it is on to Southwest Washington Invite, Sub-districts and Districts.”

 

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           CHS Swimmer Lucas Ulmer begins the 100 backstroke event.

 

 

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Lucas Ulmer wraps up the 100 backstroke.

 

            Caleb Morrissey and Ryan Gunther
          Brand-new competitive swimmers Caleb Morrisey and
Ryan Gunther savor their team’s win!
             Swim Relay
            Camas High School Swimmers Ian Ulmer,
Max Urbanek and others await final results.