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Ford Makes Waves At State Swim Meet

GRESHAM - For a swimmer, every competition is a chance to improve and that is what Dallas' Jolie Rae Ford did last weekend at the biggest meet of the season.The Oregon Swimming Inc. State Championships were held Thursday through Sunday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.Ford was one of the headliners at the meet for the Blue Dolphins Swim Team, which had a strong showing with 16 personal bests while setting 20 team records, coach Mark Maxwell said.Ford competed in six events, garnering three eighth-place finishes in the 800-meter freestyle (10 minutes, 11.65 seconds), the 400 freestyle (4:55.38), and the 50 freestyle (29.31), all personal bests. Her top result came in the form of a fifth place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:17.09.

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