COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Manta Ray Aquatics sent a squad of 20 athletes to participate in the IES 2019 Junior Swimming Championship.
This event was a preliminaries-finals format, with the top eight athletes in each age group advancing to scoring finals. While there were many strong swims and qualification times acquired, there were 12 Manta Ray athletes who scored in the top eight to score team points.
Top eight Manta Ray finalists on Day 1 included Annika Burke (200 individual medley), Marcus Quezada (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Lennox Leeder (50 freestyle, 25 breaststroke, 50 backstroke), Dallie Cobb (50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke), Iver Miner (50 breaststroke, 100 backstroke), Kathryn Duvall (50 breaststroke), Damien Paluch (50 breaststroke, 200 freestyle), and Mia Lopez (50 backstroke).
The top eight swimmers on Day 2 from Manta Ray Aquatics included Leeder (25 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 25 butterfly), Cobb (50 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly), Quezada (50 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly), Paluch (50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke ), Dylan Moore (100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 individual medley), Nicholas Moore (100 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Duvall (100 breaststroke, 100 individual medley), Sophia Estudillio (100 individual medley), and Aline Davis (100 individual medley).
Longer races were completed earlier in the meet, and were swam and scored only one time. Top eight finalists from Moses Lake included Leeder (100 individual medley, 100 freestyle), Quezada (200 individual medley, 200 freestyle), Miner (200 individual medley, 200 freestyle), and Cobb (200 individual medley).
Manta Ray Aquatics continues to train for Senior Champs, which will take place in Moscow, Idaho at the beginning of March.