MRA solid at short course championships

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Manta Ray Aquatics/courtesy photo Manta Ray Aquatics swimmer Laurel Knox (center) competes in the Short Course Championships in Moscow, Idaho.

MOSCOW, Idaho — 16 Manta Ray Aquatics swimmers recently attended the Short Course Championship meet in Moscow, Idaho.

There were numerous time drops and top finishes from both the male and female sides. Max Boruff (16) dropped time in his 50 freestyle to break the 25-second mark for the first time. Nicholas Moore (14) placed eighth in the 1650 freestyle and dropped nearly five seconds from his 200 freestyle.

Damien Paluch (12) finished in the top eight in the 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. Marcus Quezada (9) placed sixth in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 50 butterfly. Zachary Washburn (15) was second in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and third in the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke.

Dallie Cobb (10) cut nearly a second off her 50 backstroke time to finish in 11th place. Aline Davis (11) posted a best time in her 50 freestyle. Kathryn Duvall (11) dropped over a second in her 50 freestyle to break 30 seconds for the first time. She also had a best time in her 100 breaststroke.

Sofia Estudillo (10) cut almost three seconds off her 100 breaststroke time. Julia Heaps (12) dropped over two seconds in her 500 freestyle to finish in eighth place. She also had best times in her 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

Laurel Knox (15) had best times in all of her events, dropping time in the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She finished in 15th place in the 100 freestyle and 14th in the 200 freestyle.

Melody Lake (12) finished in third place in the 50 breaststroke, eighth in the 200 freestyle, and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. Issabelle Parrish (12) cut nearly a second in her 50 freestyle. Sister Makhaela (14) followed suit with a second drop in her 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and a five-second drop in her 200 freestyle.

Kendall Vance (10) placed third in the 200 freestyle, fourth in the 200 individual medley, second in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 100 butterfly, third in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 100 breaststroke, and sixth in the 100 individual medley.

The team of Julia Heaps, Melody Lake, Aline Davis and Issabelle Parrish broke the Manta Ray record in the 200 medley relay. On the following day, with Heaps, Lake, Parrish and Kathryn Duvall, the 200 freestyle relay record was also broken.

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