The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for November 17, 2010.
Jordan Downing, Jr., Chiawana
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Downing had one of his biggest days in the biggest game in Chiawana history, running for 187 yards and four TDs in the Riverhawks' first state playoff game.
"A lot of us guys have talked about state football for so long," he said. "It's been a dream."
One of the best parts of the week, Downing added, was seeing all five of his linemen named first- or second-team all league. "Seems like we swept the board."
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite nonsport activity: Longboarding
Favorite team: Steelers
Most like to meet: Muhammad Ali
Sports memory: Winning Big Nine championship this year
Best thing on your iPod: Al Pacino’s inch-by-inch speech from Any Given Sunday
Career plans: Engineering
Natilee Ruiz, Jr., Othello
Ruiz has qualified for the Olympic trials, competed at the same events as Michael Phelps and been in the pool with Natalie Coughlin.
So winning a couple of state titles -- even in record time -- can't be all that big a deal, right?
"It's still a big deal," Ruiz said after a weekend in which she added the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.43) and 500 free (5:00.84) to the two titles she won as a freshman. "My family goes to it."
Favorite food: Anything and everything -- no joke
Favorite athlete: Natalie Coughlin
Most like to meet: My grandpa -- I never met him
Sports memory: Swimming in the 50 free B Final at senior sectionals in 2008, posted fastest time in either final and qualified for Olympic trials
Coaches nominations: Kristen Bennett, sr., Hanford swimming (Second in 500 free (5:08.14), third in 200 medley (2:08.93, school record) and on championship 200 free relay (1:38.45, school record) and seventh-place 400 relay (3:44.65, school record) at 3A state meet
Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by noon on Sunday.