WAPATO - Paced by high point age division winners Toni Castillo, Jacob Hollander and Katie Knee, the Sunnyside Sharks garnered a third place finish this past weekend at the seven-team Mid-Valley Summer Swim League Championship meet.
The host Wapato Whales were the runners-up. Selah's Dolphins, the regular season champs with a dual meet record of 11-1, won top team honors at the season ending championship meet.
Sunnyside had the second best dual meet record this season, finishing league play at 10-2. The Sharks, despite finishing third at the championship meet, were a happy lot come Sunday evening.
"Overall, we were very pleased with how we finished this weekend," said first year Sunnyside Coach Carolyn Hazzard.
"Our kids tried their best, and they had a lot of fun doing it," she said.
"A lot of times at these championship meets, the judges get pretty nit-picky and disqualify a lot of swimmers," she continued. "There wasn't a lot of that this weekend. The kids who needed to be disqualified were, but overall, the judges let the kids swim.
"It's supposed to be about the kids, and it was," Hazzard said.
The three standouts for the Sharks proved to be Castillo, Hollander and Knee.
Castillo, enroute to winning the girls 12&U high point title, secured three first place finishes and nabbed two runner-up placings.
One of Castillo's victories came in the 50-meter butterfly, and she won in impressive fashion. In fact, she set a Wapato pool record for her age division in doing so. Castillo covered the length of the pool in 33.56 seconds, well below the former pool record of 34.80 seconds, which had stood since 1977.
Castillo's two other first place finishes came in the 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley. She was second to Selah's Nicole Bannister in the 50-backstroke and second to Shannon Gaskill of Selah in the 50-breaststroke.
Hollander was the high point age division winner at boys 12&U. Like Castillo, he notched three first place finishes and two second place showings. Hollander's wins came in the 200-IM and 50-meter backstroke and butterfly races. He was second to Chris McKinney of Prosser in the 50-free and placed second behind Grandview's Brian Michener in the 50-breast.
Knee, the girls 16&U high point winner, swam to victory in the 50-back and 200-IM. She also had second place finishes in the 50-breast, behind Prosser's Diana Smith; the 50-fly, behind Selah's Allison Filcher; and the 50-free, behind Prosser's Haley Stark.
Although she didn't win the girls 14&U high point title, Sunnyside's Kaitlyn Broersma fared extremely well. She picked up a pair of wins for the Sharks-in the 50-meter breaststroke and backstroke events.
Also nabbing a win apiece for Sunnyside were Lyndsee Anderson in the girls 8&U 50-meter breaststroke, and Tad Tyhuis in the boys 10&U 50-meter freestyle.
More detailed coverage of how the rest of the Sharks fared at the championship meet will be published later this week.