August 4, 2019
Manta Ray swimmers proved to be champs at the last long course meet of the season. 22 Moses Lake swimmers competed at the Inland Empire Swimming Championship in Pasco over the weekend. Although one of the smallest teams in the competition, Manta Ray Aquatics managed to finish 8th overall out of 16 teams.
Most swims were personal best times for MRA swimmers and three team records were broken along the way.
The 11-12 year-old girl’s relay of Julia Heaps, Aline Davis, Kathryn Duvall and Issabelle Parrish, finished in 3rd place in the 200 freestyle relay, smashing the previous Manta Ray team record by over 15 seconds.
Melody Lake (13) took 1st place in the 100 breaststroke and 3rd in the 200 breaststroke, setting a new Manta Ray team record in the latter. She also, cut 9 seconds off her 200 I.M., taking 11th place.
Kendall Vance (10) placed 2nd in the 200 I.M., 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle, breaking the team record in the 100 freestyle. The 100 freestyle record had stood since 1992.
Olivia Alamos (9) dropped 7 seconds in both her 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke. Savannah Alamos (15) cut time in all of her events, dropping 5 seconds in her 100 freestyle. Annika Burke (14) placed 11th in her 400 freestyle. Sydnee Campos (12) cut over a second off her 50 breaststroke. Luca Cristoloveanu (10) cut over 3 seconds in both his 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, taking 9th place in the latter. Aline Davis (11) bettered all of her times, taking 15th in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. Kathryn Duvall (12) took 7th in the 50 freestyle and 5th in the 50 breaststroke. Sara Estudillo (9) cut over 3 seconds in her 50 breaststroke and 7 seconds in her 50 butterfly. Sofia Estudillo (10) placed 7th in the 50 breaststroke and cut 4 seconds off her 100 backstroke. Julia Heaps (12) placed 4th in the 400 freestyle and 10th in the 50 freestyle. Laurel Knox (16) dropped 14 seconds in her 200 I.M., placing 14th. She also took 6th place in the 400 freestyle and 7th in the 200 freestyle. Lennox Leeder (9) cut over 5 seconds from his 100 breaststroke, placing 9th. Payton Leeder (15) cut a second off her 100 freestyle. Iver Miner (10) placed 5th in the 200 I.M., 6th in the 100 breaststroke, and 4th in the 50 breaststroke. Dylan Moore(12) placed 8th in the 100 butterfly and cut over 4 seconds from his 50 butterfly. Nicholas Moore (15) placed 12th in the 50 freestyle, 7th in the 200 freestyle, and 12th in the 100 butterfly, cutting nearly 11 second off his previous time. Damien Paluch (12) had best times in all events, placing 9th in the 200 I.M. and 50 freestyle, 5th in the 100 breaststroke, 7th in the 200 freestyle, 5th in the 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly and 8th in the 100 freestyle. Issabelle Parrish (12) placed 9th in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle. Makhaela Parrish (14) finished 4th in the 400 freestyle and 8th in both the 50 and 200 freestyle. Marcus Quezada (10) placed 4th in the 200 I.M., 100 butterfly, 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke, also cutting times in every event he swam.