GRESHAM, Ore. — Defending a state championship is not easy, but it can be particularly difficult for a freshman who wasn’t part of the team the year before.
Still, Henley freshman Haley Steiner’s performance helped the Hornets finish second at the 2013 OSAA Swimming State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College. Henley finished tied with Phoenix one point behind the new state champ North Bend.
Steiner helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to a second place finishes, plus was fourth in the 200 individual medley. Her 200 freestyle relay was fourth place as well.
In addition to getting familiar with the high school state championship scene as a competitor, Stiener says one of the biggest benefits was to see her teammates compete.
Henley freshman swimmer Haley Steiner
Jenny Kirschner placed third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Leta Spradley took bronze in the 200 individual medley and placed fifth in the 500 freestyle. Aunika Torres was the fifth-place finisher in the 100 butterfly.
On the boys side, Henley’s Haden Wallin was fifth in the 100 freestyle and Klamath Union’s Marich Sikes put in a fourth place effort in the 40 freestyle.