Trevor Gourley remembers those days not long ago that he was watching the top swimmers in the state go head to head.
Now Gourley, a senior at Corvallis High, is among those high seeds at the 5A state swim meet on Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
Gourley is the second seed in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly after winning the district title in the events.
"It's like when I was a freshman and sophomore, you're looking up to those guys and now it's like having the honor of being one of those guys is really something else," Gourley said.
Tommy Brewer of Summit is the top seed in the 50 free with Lebanon's Casey McEuen third. Noah Norris of Wilsonville is the No. 1 seed in the 100 butterfly.
McEuen finished second to Gourley in both races at the district meet.
"It'll be intense, for sure," Gourley said. "Every time you race you've got to push yourself as hard as you can and even if it's the same guy, it's a totally different race every time you get into the water. Anything could happen.
"I think with the competition level really up there it will help me push myself. With at districts, Casey really pushed me and now I've got a couple other guys up there that are real fast and so I think that will really help bring out the best in me."
Crescent Valley senior Chad Seevers is seeded sixth in the 500 freestyle and 10th in the 200 free.
"It's my last chance, so I'd really like to make it to finals," Seevers said. "I'm seeded sixth in the 500 right now so I stand a pretty good chance. I need to break five minutes in order to get up in the finals."
Seevers said he'd like to finish the 200 free in around one minute, 46 seconds. His seeded time is 1:51.29.
"As long as I make it to the finals I'll be pretty happy," he said.
CV freshman Lindsey Soule' said the district meet was a good experience for her going into state.
Soule' is seeded second in the girls 500 free and fourth in the 100 backstroke.
"I know that there's going to be a lot more competition at state, and so I'm going into it not underestimating the competition at all and I'm going to be ready to race," Soule' said. "I'm looking forward to that competition."
Soule' said her best times are faster than the ones she recorded in the district meet. She has gone 4:59 in the 500 free and 58 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
"I haven't really gotten my best times in high school meets from my club times, but I would like them to be closer to that," she said. "And as far as placing and stuff like that, I'll just see how it goes becuase I know there's a lot of competition."
Corvallis' Kayla Ashland is competing in the 500 free and 200 IM and is seeded sixth and eighth, respectively. She's also in the 400 free relay and 200 free relay.
"This will be my fourth year swimming the 500 at state, and I had a season-best at districts this year, so if I can get below that 5:20 mark, that would be great," Ashland said. "I also had a huge time drop in the 200 IM at districts, so staying around there, just kind of seeing. There are a lot of fast girls in the 200 IM, so pushing myself against them and seeing if we can all improve."
Fellow CHS senior Zoey Rochefort is swimming the 100 butterfly. She's also in the 200 medley relay.
"I want to get as close to or under a minute as I can. Right now I have a 1:03 low, so I'm going to try to get closer to double-0," Rochefort said. "I think with the training I've been doing and going to this meet and the energy, that it's definitely a possibility.
"I'm very excited. It's the last chance to compete with the high school and with the kids that I know from the high schools all over the place."