After working hard in the pool over the Christmas break, the Lebanon Warriors were ready for a test of their progress.

They got just that in a highly competitive seven-team meet on Saturday, Jan. 5 against North Bend, La Grande, Newport, Sweet Home, Marist and South Albany.

"It's the best scenario we can get prior to district," said Lebanon coach Gus Arzner. "Seven teams, multiple heats, swimming against some tough competition."

Lebanon's Elizabeth Beck, who placed second in the 500-yard freestyle event and third in the 200 freestyle, said the meet was a positive experience for the squad.

"At normal high school meets, there are two teams. Here you get more competition, there's more people here," Beck said.

Arzner said more than 200 swimmers competed in the combined varsity and junior varsity meet.

"For this facility, that is a huge meet," Arzner said.

With just a little over a month left before the district meets, all of the teams had been training hard. The meet gave swimmers a chance to test their progress, while acknowledging that they were swimming tired.

"What we challenge them is, if you can get a season-best time, that's what we're after," Arzner said. "If you get a lifetime best time, then I'm thinking you haven't been training enough."

The Warriors had just one event winner in the competition. Foreign exchange student Nico Barbafiera, won the 200 freestyle with a time 1 minute, 54.28 seconds. He also placed second in the 100 freestyle. 

Drew Charley was second in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke.

For the girls, in addition to Beck, Isabella Ayala was fourth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 100 butterfly. 

The Warriors will swim on Friday in a dual meet at South Albany.


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