February 17, 2020
Manta Ray Aquatics Host the 2020 Inland Empire Junior Championships
The Moses Lake Manta Ray Aquatics Swim Team hosted the Inland Empire Swimming Junior Championship Swim Meet last weekend at the Tony St. Onge Pool of Dreams. Over 300 swimmers and their families from 14 different teams traveled to Moses Lake from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington to compete in this event open to swimmers under the age of 14 who did not have an Inland Empire Swimming Jr. Olympics qualifying time. The Jr. Olympics meet, set to take place next month in Moscow at the University of Idaho, is Inland Empire’s short course season finale and requires swimmers to meet the “BB” National Age Group Motivational time standards to attend. During the Junior Championship in Moses Lake this last weekend, numerous swimmers from most teams were able to achieve the required time to compete in Junior Olympics next month.
The Manta Rays had their highest team finish in many years and took fourth place overall. Nearly every one of the 31 MRA swimmers had a time drop and many gained new Jr. Olympics qualifying times.
Some notable swims were:
Bria Bodenman climbed to the top of the podium with her first-place finishes in the girls’ 11-12 200 I.M. and 100 breaststroke. She also placed 6th in the 50 butterfly, 6th in the 50 backstroke, 2nd in the 100 backstroke, 2nd in the 50 breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 butterfly. With these top 8 finishes she earned the most points and was awarded the girls’ 11-12-year-old points champion!
Dylan Moore won the boys’ 11-12 500 freestyle as well as the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 50 backstroke. He was also 3rd in the 200 freestyle, 2nd in the 50 butterfly and 2nd in the 100 I.M. Moore finished 2nd overall in points for the boys’ 11-12-year-old age group.
The relay team consisting of 8-year-old Eduard Cristoloveanu, 9-year-old Lennox Leeder, 10-year-old Marcus Quezada, and 10-year-old Luca Cristoloveanu cruised to a 1st place finish in the boys’ 10 & Under 200-yard medley relay earning a trip to the top of the awards podium.
James Center took 8th in the boy’s 9-10 100 backstroke. Dallie Cobb placed 4th in the girls’ 11-12 50 freestyle. Eduard Cristoloveanu placed 3rd in the boys’ 8 & under 50 butterfly, while his brother Luca took 2nd in the boys’ 9-10 200 freestyle, first in the 50 freestyle, 2nd in the 100 butterfly and 1st in the 100 backstroke. Aline Davis took first in the 11-12 girls’ 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She also placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle and 8th in the 50 breaststroke. Sara Estudillo placed 7th in the 9-10 girls’ 200 I.M. Alli Hines placed 8th in the 13-14 girls’ 50 freestyle and 6th in the 200 freestyle. Lennox Leeder was 3rd in the boys’ 9-10 200 freestyle, 4th in the 50 freestyle, 3rd in the 100 butterfly and he finished the meet by winning the 50 butterfly. Mia Lopez made it to the top of the podium in the girls’ 9-10 50 freestyle and placed 4th in the 100 freestyle. Olivia Alamos placed 5th in the girls’ 9-10 200 freestyle. Luke Molitor finished in 8th place in the 13-14 boys’ 500 freestyle, 4th in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle, 7th in the 100 freestyle and 2nd in the 100 butterfly. Matthew Molitor placed 8th in the 11-12 boys’ 100 butterfly. Marcus Quezada placed 7th in the 9-10 boys’ 50 breaststroke and 2nd in the 100 breaststroke. Britni Reed was 4th in the girls’ 13-14 200 I.M., 7th in the 50 freestyle and 5th in the 200 freestyle. Kaedan Shultz finished in 5th place in the 9-10 boys’ 50 backstroke. Kendall Vance took 4th place in the girls’ 11-12 100 backstroke, 7th in the 50 backstroke and 3rd in the 50 butterfly. Josiah Wallace finished in 3rd place in the boys’ 11-12 200 I.M., 4th in the 100 freestyle and 8th in the 50 butterfly.