With temperatures averaging about 40 degrees, high school swimmers from the local area, including Henley, Mazama, Lost River, Klamath Union, North Valley, Hidden Valley and Phoenix, took a plunge in the Ella Redkey Municipal Pool at the Henley Freeze swim meet. This unique opportunity brought together a wide array of swimmers, all eager to dive into the heated pool and escape the nearly-freezing temperatures.
Henley head coach Dan Zimmer stated: “This meet is a great opportunity to see where the team is at, especially in the middle of the season. And so far, I’m liking what I see.”
Senior at Henley High School, Macy Hullman, added: “I felt pretty good about my races. I was so excited to PR in my 100 freestyle … it is weird competing in our home pool because going from cold to hot to cold really tires out the body rather than an indoor pool.”
“I had such a fun time though and it’s always fun to have friends and family from in town come watch the team compete.”
Lost River was also present at the Henley Freeze, even with it being only two years since the team was formed.
“Swimming in a bizarre environment such as this one is a great experience,” McKenna Guthrie, oldest daughter of Lost River head coach Kerrie Guthrie, said. “Not a lot of people get to experience the things us swimmers do.”
Klamath Union’s Jacob McGonigle was excited about his progress in the pool.
“I felt I competed very well,” McGonigle said. “The pool is a little hot compared to the temperature outside, but overall, the team is doing very well.”