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Manta Rays place 8th at Junior Olympics Swim Meet

by Submitted Manta Ray Aquatics
| March 10, 2020 11:48 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho — Manta Ray Aquatics sent 20 athletes to the University of Idaho recently to compete in the Junior Olympics Swim Meet.

Swimmers achieved best times, new qualifying times for elite meets and broke several team records. Bria Bodenman finished fourth in the girls’ 11-12 500 freestyle. She, along with Kendall Vance, Kathryn Duvall and Aline Davis placed third in the girls’ 11-12 200 freestyle relay.

Luca Cristoloveanu took fifth in the boys’ 9-10 200 individual medley, fourth in the 100 breaststroke, seventh in the 50 free, eighth in the 200 freestyle and second in the 50 breaststroke, which also earned him an Age Group Regional qualifying time.

Duvall placed seventh in the girls’ 11-12 50 backstroke, fifth in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 50 freestyle, sixth in the 50 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Melody Lake took fifth in the girls’ 13-14 100 breaststroke, third in the 200 breaststroke, and third in the 50 breaststroke, breaking the team record in the 50.

Lennox Leeder placed seventh in the boys’ 9-10 50 backstroke, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Dylan Moore placed fourth in the boys’ 11-12 200 individual medley, third in the 100 breaststroke, third in the 50 breaststroke, fourth in the 50 butterfly and third in the 100 individual medley.

Issabelle Parrish took home a seventh-place medal in the girls’ 13-14 50 freestyle and placed sixth in both the 500 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Her butterfly time was a new team record as well.

Makhaela Parrish finished sixth in the girls’ 15-16 200 freestyle and seventh 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 two seconds off her time at the meet.

Marcus Quezada took home fourth place in the boys’ 9-10 200 individual medley, third in the 50 backstroke, fifth in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 100 backstroke, third in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 100 freestyle.

Zachary Washburn placed first in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 50 breaststroke, and took home a second-place medal in the boys’ 15-16 50 butterfly as well as a third-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 eighth 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.