Girls Swimming Preview: Mountain View’s Sruthi Ravi treads toward fourth straight state berth

first_img Follow The Columbian Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Mountain View Thunder Published: August 30, 2018, 6:11pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Tags As a junior, Ravi was vice president of Mountain View’s Red Cross Club. She also participated in DECA and Future Business Leaders of America.“It’s cool managing my time and trying to be part of all these different experiences because that’s high school,” she said. “You’re trying to find out who you are.”Instead of becoming overwhelmed, Ravi said lessons learned in swimming help her outside of the pool, and vice-versa.“It has taught be a lot about time management and perseverance,” she said. “When you’re coming to practice every day at 6 a.m. or you’re really trying on that last 100 of a set, it builds these skills that have helped me in high school. It has given me this fire. I’m not going to give up even if something is hard.” Follow The Columbian on Instagram Buy this Photo Mountain View swimmer Sruthi Ravi hopes to reach the state meet for a fourth straight year. But the senior also has a busy life outside of the pool. She’s a straight-A student with hopes of studying pre-med in college. Micah Rice/The Columbian Share:center_img Madisyn Morin: The Columbia River senior placed 11th in state in the 500 freestyle. Also qualified in the 100 butterfly.Charlotte Baker: The Washougal sophomore placed 15th in state in both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.Bailey Seagall: The Camas junior placed 15th in state in the 500 freestyle. Also qualified in the 100 butterfly.Elizabeth Lujano: The Columbia River senior placed 15th in state in the 200 individual medley. Also qualified in the 100 breaststroke. This story is part of The Columbian’s High School Fall Sports 2018 special preview section. Find it in the Sunday, August 26 edition of The Columbian. Photo Avery Gunderson: The Union senior placed 16th in state in the 100 butterfly.Key datesOct. 6 Kelso Invite: It’s the first invitational on the schedule for most local programs.Oct. 20 Southwest Washington Invitational: All local 2A, 3A and 4A teams gather at Mark Morris High in Longview as focus shifts toward districts.Nov. 2-3 Districts: 3A and 4A at Kelso, 2A at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.Nov. 9-10 State: WIAA state meet at King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way “Going from sixth, to eighth, to tenth, it’s a reality check,” Ravi said. “I want to close out my high school career on a good note. Our season is only two months, so I want to push myself and see what I can do.”Swimming takes plenty of dedication on its own, especially for year-round club swimmers such as Ravi.But add in a challenging academic course load and a love of volunteering, Ravi’s success as a student-athlete becomes even more impressive.She’s a straight-A student with a schedule full of AP classes, mostly science and math (STEM). She plans to study pre-med in college. Girls Swimming Preview: Mountain View’s Sruthi Ravi treads toward fourth straight state berth Ravi has plenty of goals for her senior season. She is aiming to win her third district title in the 100 back. She also hopes to reach the state finals in the 50 freestyle, an event in which she has reached state three times but not made the finals.Mostly, Ravi wants to use her position as a senior captain to inspire others.“Just with the right leadership, you can really enjoy it,” she said. “I’ve seen the numbers for swimming dwindling, so it would be nice to get people excited. It would be nice to show people how excited we are, how much passion we have and see if it can be infectious.”Swimmers to watchHailey Grotte: The La Center junior was second in state last year in both the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle.Bryanna Ungs: The La Center sophomore placed fourth in state in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 50 freestyle. GO Consistency is the key for Sruthi Ravi.It’s the reason the Mountain View senior hopes to qualify for her fourth consecutive state meet this November.It’s the reason those many early-morning practices and swimming countless lengths of the pool haven’t worn her down.“I know what I’m going to get from her,” Mountain View coach Mark McBride said. “She’s going to show up. She’s going to work hard.”In the 100 backstroke, Ravi placed sixth as a freshman and eighth as a sophomore. But falling short of the finals in her top event last year has added kindling to her fire. Share:last_img read more

TSX weighed down by resource stocks loonie remains above 82 cents US

Toronto’s main stock index capped off a negative week with more losses as resource stocks weighed heavily, while the loonie continued to take flight.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 39.21 points to 14,985.32 on Friday, with base metals leading decliners, which included gold, materials and energy.“It’s the same story all year. Energy and materials are a drag and that’s why the TSX continues to underperform,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.The TSX is down more than 206 points since trading resumed on Tuesday following the holiday weekend.Seemingly positive jobs data released Friday did little to assuage markets after Statistics Canada reported the labour force expanded by 22,200 jobs last month.While the numbers helped nudge the unemployment rate to a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent, the August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work as the economy added 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.“You have to read between the lines,” said Jerusalim. “The fundamentals behind that 22,200 jobs increase was not encouraging.”Another story capturing headlines was credit monitoring company Equifax (NYSE:EFX), which saw its shares plunge after it disclosed a data breach that affects 143 million Americans, including an unspecified number of Canadians.Equifax, which hit all-time highs last month, took its biggest one-day loss since 1999, tumbling US$19.49, or 13.7 per cent, to US$123.23.Jerusalim says cyber security is a topic that’s keeping bank CEOs up at night.“It’s top of mind. … There’s real dollars being spent to protect the banks,” he said, adding that efforts are being focused on how to contain problems.“Every bank is going to be hacked at some point,” he said. “So if someone gets into your system, don’t let them take your data.”“Companies need to be preemptively investing in the protection of their data and costs as a result are going to be going up for all organizations,” he added.South of the border, major New York indexes were mixed as hurricane Irma continues to be a going concern as it spins toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index inched down 3.67 points to 2,461.43 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 37.68 points to 6,360.19. The Dow Jones industrial average added 13.01 points to 21,797.79.In commodities news, the October crude contract dropped sharply, skidding $1.61 cents to US$47.48 per barrel.“With energy, there’s a lot of noise in around oil prices given the strain supply demand fundamentals happening as a result of Harvey and now Irma,” said Jerusalim.“But it’s also a little bit of trader skittishness exacerbating the problem. If you look at oil over the last number of quarters, it’s been in a relatively tight band. … It’s had a hard time cracking or staying above $50 US for any extended period of time this year.”In currency markets, the loonie continued its ascent, capping off a sixth straight day of gains.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.43 cents US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the October natural gas contract was down nine cents to US$2.89 per mmBTU while the December gold contract added 90 cents to US$1,351.20 an ounce.The December copper contract lost ten cents at US$3.04 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more