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Goldendale team swimmers back in the pool



EARLY SWIM: Hood River swimming team members at Springfield Ore. championships are left to right: Shea Kasenga, Marina Casteneda, Thea Smith and Sarah Arpag.

A sure sign that spring is nearly upon us is the opening of the Goldendale swimming pool, which is set for March 14. The wait hasn't stopped Goldendale swimmers from competing this winter.

Thea Smith, competing for the Hood River swimming team, competed recently in the Oregon Short Course 10 and under State Swimming Championships at Springfield. Thea competed in five freestyle and backstroke events, setting new personal records in three of the five.

Smith's best finish was ninth in the 100 meter freestylewhere she knocked 1.83 seconds of her PR. But, her greatest improvement came in the 50 meter backstroke where she placed 16th and set a PR of 42.93 seconds, more than two seconds off her...

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