Manta Rays shine at first long course meet

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A host of Manta Ray swimmers attended the Tri-City Open Meet recently, with nearly everyone swimming best times in their events.

For some of the 25 in attendance, it was their first long course meet ever. Those swimmers were: Olivia Alamos (8), Savannah Alamos (15), Luca Cristoloveanu (10), Sara Estudillo (9), Josiah Wallace (11) and Lennox Leeder (8).

Across the board, the entire team had massive time cuts and several top 16 finishes.

Annika Burke cut nearly three seconds from her 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Sydnee Campos took 35 seconds off her 100 backstroke, 37 seconds off her 100 butterfly and 19 seconds off her 100 freestyle. Taytum Courtright dropped five seconds off her 100 freestyle time. Sofia Estudillo cut 23 seconds from her 100 backstroke, finished in eighth place in the 100 breaststroke and cut 22 seconds off her 100 freestyle time.

Julia Heaps shaved seven seconds from her 100 backstroke, 12 seconds off her 200 freestyle and six seconds from her 100 breaststroke. Alli Hines dropped eight seconds in her 200 individual medley and nine seconds in her 100 butterfly.

Melody Lake cut 13 seconds off her 200 individual medley, 29 seconds off her 100 backstroke and finished in third place in the 200 breaststroke, swimming the event for the first time. Payton Leeder bested her 200 individual medley time by 19 seconds and her 200 backstroke time by over 32 seconds. She also cut 23 seconds off her 200 breaststroke and 14 seconds off her 200 freestyle.

Ashton McKean cut an incredible 33 seconds off his 200 individual medley and 27 seconds off the 200 freestyle. Iver Miner dropped 14 seconds in his 100 butterfly, eighy seconds in his 50 freestyle and over 10 seconds in his 50 breaststroke.

Sam O’Shea slashed 18 seconds from his 50 freestyle time and over 12 seconds off his 50 backstroke time. Issabelle Parrish cut 37 seconds off her 200 freestyle to finish in 16th place. She also cut 14 seconds off her 100 backstroke, 11 seconds off her 50 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and a whopping 21 seconds off her 50 butterfly.

Makhaela Parrish cut 22 seconds off her 200 backstroke, 11 seconds from her 100 backstroke and nearly 15 seconds off her 200 freestyle.

Marcus Quezada bested his 100 breaststroke time by over nine seconds and his 100 butterfly by nearly 19 seconds. He also cut over six seconds in his 50 butterfly to finish in 10th place.

Britni Reed bested her time in the 50 freestyle. Kendall Vance cut 33 seconds off her 200 freestyle and finished in second place. She also had fifth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. She earned herself a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley after dropping nearly 20 seconds. She also had a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle. She cut almost 12 seconds off her 100 freestyle time to finish in second place and had sixth-place finishes in the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

Zachary Washburn finished in second place in the 50 freestyle, fifth in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle. Jessica Williams had a best time in her 100 breaststroke and finished in 15th place. Olivia Alamos set a new Manta Ray record in the girls’ eight-and-under 100 butterfly.

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