Lucas Hill and Jamie Comrie will represent the Pendleton Swim Association this weekend at the state meet in Corvallis Friday through Sunday.

The pair earned a shot at competing with other swimmers across the state based on their qualifying times.

Hill will compete in the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He has been competing for PSA for three and a half years.

The 11-year-old has competed in the 10 and under state swim meet three times before. This will be his first try at the 11-14 division, which is still separated into age groups.

"My goal is to get a medal in something," said Hill.

His previous best effort came in a four-medal performance in the 9-year-old state championships.

Jamie Comrie began swimming competitively for PSA as a 9-year-old.

For him, this is his third state meet.

Last year, he earned a sixth place in the 50-yard freestyle.

His goal is to "win first in the 100 free and the 50 free."

Comrie will be competing in the 100 fly, the 100 free, the 200 free and the 50 free.

Jamie, 14, will also be competing with the high school relay team Friday in the state meet at Mount Hood Community College. Comrie could swim again with the team on Saturday.

If Hill and Comrie advance, they will compete in the Northwest age group sectionals championship meet March 21-23 at Federal Way, Wash. Advancement is based on times.

Elizabeth Newhouse, a senior on the Pendleton High swim team, has been serving as the PSA coach and has helped Hill and Comrie since the departure of former coach Carl Anderson, who moved.

"We needed a coach so I was glad to help out," Newhouse said. "It's a blast. I love working with the kids. They're all hard workers."

She has high hopes for both Hill and Comrie.

"Jamie's been doing really well. And I think he has an advantage because of his work with the high school. I think Lucas will do really well also. I'm excited for both of them."


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