HERMISTON — The Hermiston boys swim team made history on Saturday afternoon, as they captured the school’s first-ever district swim championship by edging out Pendleton 93-91.
Ryan Barnard was a big reason for the finish, as the sophomore swimmer won the district title in the 200 yard individual medley, finished second in the 100 freestyle and helped the 200 freestyle relay team to a first place finish and a spot in the state meet. For his efforts, Barnard has been selected as the East Oregonian’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 6-11.
EO: What did it mean to you to help bring the first-ever district swim title back to Hermiston?
RB: It meant a lot, knowing that we have no pool here and still were able to compete and win, it was a great feeling.
When did you start swimming competitively?
When I was seven
Do you participate in any other sports?
I used to play football, but didn’t this year because of an injury
What is the first sport you participated in?
Basketball or baseball, I don’t really remember
Why is swimming your favorite sport?
There’s just something about it, when I get in the water it takes me to a special place.
What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would you choose?
Do you have a favorite athlete?
Do you know what you’d like to do after high school?
Go to college and become an engineer
Favorite thing served in HHS cafeteria?
They have really good chicken burgers
Do you have a go-to meal before swim competitions?
Nothing specific, usually some kind of pasta or burger.
Do you have go-to music that you listen to before competitions?
I like 90s rap, it usually gets me pumped up.
What is your favorite movie?
Blades of Glory
What is your favorite TV show?
How I Met Your Mother
What is your restaurant in Hermiston?
Kobe Hibachi Sushi
Do you have a dream job?
I would like to be a car designer
What is your favorite part about growing up in Eastern Oregon?
I like the really hot summers and the cold winters, the diversity in weather and it’s just a really nice place.
Where is your favorite place in Oregon to visit?
Seaside or anywhere on the coast.
What is the first job you had?
I picked blueberries at a farm when I was 13.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Probably somewhere in Europe or in Washington D.C.