Manta Rays finish 8th in final long course meet

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Manta Ray swimmers proved to be champs at the last long course meet of the season.

Manta Ray Aquatics had 22 swimmers compete at the Inland Empire Swimming Championship in Pasco over the weekend. Although one of the smallest teams in the competition, Manta Ray Aquatics managed to finish eighth overall out of 16 teams.

Most swims were personal best times for MRA swimmers and three team records were broken along the way.

The 11- 12-year-old girls’ relay of Julia Heaps, Aline Davis, Kathryn Duvall and Issabelle Parrish, finished in third place in the 200 freestyle relay, smashing the previous Manta Ray team record by over 15 seconds.

Melody Lake, 13, took first place in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 breaststroke, setting a new Manta Ray team record in the latter. Lake also cut nine seconds off her 200 individual medley, taking 11th place.

Kendall Vance, 10, placed second in the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle, breaking the team record in the 100 freestyle. The 100 freestyle record had stood since 1992.

Olivia Alamos, 9, dropped seven seconds in both her 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke. Savannah Alamos, 15, cut time in all of her events, dropping five seconds in her 100 freestyle. Annika Burke, 14, placed 11th in her 400 freestyle. Sydnee Campos, 12, cut over a second off her 50 breaststroke. Luca Cristoloveanu, 10, cut over three seconds in both his 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke, taking nine place in the latter.

Aline Davis, 11, bettered all of her times, taking 15th in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. Kathryn Duvall, 12, took seventh in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 50 breaststroke. Sara Estudillo, 9, cut over three seconds in her 50 breaststroke and seven seconds in her 50 butterfly.

Sofia Estudillo, 10, placed seventh in the 50 breaststroke and cut four seconds off her 100 backstroke. Julia Heaps, 12, placed fourth in the 400 freestyle and 10th in the 50 freestyle. Laurel Knox, 16, dropped 14 seconds in her 200 individual medley, placing 14th. She also took sixth place in the 400 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle.

Lennox Leeder, 9, cut over five seconds from his 100 breaststroke, placing ninth. Payton Leeder, 15, cut a second off her 100 freestyle. Iver Miner, 10, placed fifth in the 200 individual medley, sixth in the 100 breaststroke, and fourth in the 50 breaststroke.

Dylan Moore, 12, placed eighth in the 100 butterfly and cut over four seconds from his 50 butterfly. Nicholas Moore, 15, placed 12th in the 50 freestyle, seventh in the 200 freestyle, and 12th in the 100 butterfly, cutting nearly 11 second off his previous time.

Damien Paluch, 12, had best times in all events, placing ninth in the 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle, fifth in the 100 breaststroke, seventh in the 200 freestyle, fifth in the 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly and eighth in the 100 freestyle.

Issabelle Parrish, 12, placed ninth in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle. Makhaela Parrish, 14, finished fourth in the 400 freestyle and eighth in both the 50 and 200 freestyle. Marcus Quezada, 10, placed fourth in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 50 butterfly and 100 backstroke, also cutting times in every event he swam.

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