Photography and photojournalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Oregon prep swimming championships stir memories

I enjoy shooting sports, just as I have since I started working as a photojournalist years ago. This weekend’s Oregon state high school swimming championships at Mt. Hood Community College was no exception to this. It turned out to be one of the more enjoyable events I’ve shot this year, mainly because my primary subject, Wilsonville High School sophomore Christie Halverson (right), won her first state title in the class 5A women’s 200 freestyle.

The college’s aquatic center has two pools, a six-lane indoor 25-yard pool and a 50-meter pool that is uncovered during the summer and sheltered by a pressurized vinyl dome roof in the winter. It was the latter in which the state championships were held this year, with the pool divided into 25-yard lanes across its width.

Because the competition lanes were divided off from the warm-up area by a floating bulkhead, it allowed photographers better access to the action than when the meet was held in the smaller indoor facility.

Finally, the whole thing strongly reminded me of my own age group swimming experience, when I took part in numerous meets in the very same pool, including Oregon Swimming and Pacific Northwest Region 12 championships. I even trained for a summer at Mt. Hood with my club team when the pool was entirely outdoors. Then, as now, the Mt. Hood Swim Club called the facility home and was among the most respected club programs in the state.

Here’s a link to a larger photo gallery from the meet, with more photos of Halverson, Springfield High School All-American Carlos Hunnicut (bottom photo), 200 and 500 freestyle boys double champion Alex Seaver of Marist High School (Eugene, Ore.) (top photo) and others.


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