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Manta Rays Shine at Junior Olympics

Twenty athletes from the Manta Ray Aquatics swim team traveled to the University of Idaho this past weekend to compete in the end of the season Junior Olympics Swim Meet.  Swimmers achieved best times, new qualifying times for elite meets, and broke several team records.  Bria Bodenman finished in 4th place in the girls’ 11-12 500 freestyle.  She, along with Kendall Vance, Kathryn Duvall and Aline Davis placed 3rd in the girls’ 11-12 200 freestyle relay.  Luca Cristoloveanu took 5th in the 9-10 boys’ 200 I.M., 4th in the 100 breaststroke, 7th in the 50 free, 8th in the 200 free and 2nd in the 50 breaststroke, which also earned him an Age Group Regional qualifying time.  Kathryn Duvall placed 7th in the 11-12 girls’ 50 backstroke, 5th in the 100 breaststroke, 6th in the 50 free, 6th in the 50 breaststroke, and 4th in the 100 freestyle.  Melody Lake took 5th in the girls’ 13-14 100 breaststroke, 3rd in the 200 breaststroke and 3rd in the 50 breaststroke, breaking the team record in the 50.  Lennox Leeder placed 7th in the boys’ 9-10 50 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and 100 freestyle.  Dylan Moore finished in 4th place in the boys’ 11-12 200 I.M., 3rd in the 100 breaststroke, 3rd in the 50 breaststroke, 4th in the 50 butterfly and 3rd in the 100 I.M. Issabelle Parrish took home a 7th place medal in the 13-14 girls’ 50 freestyle and placed 6th in both the 500 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Her butterfly time was a new team record as well.  Makhaela Parrish finished in 6th place in the 15-16 girls’ 200 freestyle and 7th in the 200 butterfly.  She also earned her first Age Group Regional as well as Western Senior Zone cut in the 100 freestyle, cutting nearly 2 seconds off her time at the meet. Marcus Quezada took home 4th place in the boys’ 9-10 200 I.M., 3rd in the 50 backstroke, 5th in the 50 freestyle, 4th in the 100 backstroke, 3rd in the 100 butterfly, and 7th in the 100 freestyle.  Zachary Washburn placed 1st in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke and took home a 2nd place medal in the 15-16 boys’ 50 butterfly as well as a 3rd place finish in the 50 backstroke.  He also broke the team records in the 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.  Overall, this was one of the most highly attended championship meets for the Manta Rays, with more athletes qualifying than in past years.  The team took 8th place overall in points.  The Manta Rays will be hosting the Farewell to Short Course Swim Meet this coming weekend at the Tony St. Onge Pool of Dreams.