SELAH - Sunnyside's summer swim team picked up a rare road victory last night, as the Sharks invaded Selah's 40-yard pool and dismantled the Dolphins, 465-345.
The win gives Sunnyside a 2-0 record in league play heading into this Thursday's home meet against the visiting Toppenish Tarpons.
The Sharks came away with 45 first place finishes last night, compared to Selah's 27 victories. By picking up 18 more wins than the Dolphins, Sunnyside outscored the home team by a 261-157 margin in first place points, nearly the 120-point margin the Sharks won by overall.
In Mid-Valley Summer Swim League meets, six points are awarded for a first place finish, four points to the runner-up, two points for placing third and one point for a fourth place finish. Relay races are scored differently, however, as only the first place squad in each age bracket earns team points-five in all.
Of the 12 different age division events, Selah only dominated two of them last night-at girls 14 & under and boys 16 & under. The Dolphins' Nicole Bannister won four of the five individual races at girls 14 & under, with teammate Rainan Viernes winning the other; and Jon Gaskill and Ryan Pittman combined for all five individual race victories in the boys 16 & under events.
From there on out, though, it was all Sunnyside.
Inflicting the most damage against the Dolphins were Travis Anctil, Brittany Broersma, Katie Knee, Toni Castillo, Tad Tyhuis and Tim Stiteler.
Tavis Anctil swept the boys 18 & under races. He sped to a clocking of 23.15 seconds in the 40-yard butterfly, nearly four seconds ahead of his second place finishing teammate, Zile Wagner. Anctil was three and a half seconds faster than teammate David Knee, the runner-up, in the 40-breaststroke; and clipped the second place finishing Knee by four seconds in the 40-backstroke.with a clocking of 26.31. In the 40-freestyle, Anctil hit the finishing wall in 20.81 seconds, nearly nine-tenth's of a second ahead of Wagner, the runner-up.
Anctil completed the sweep at boys 18 & under with a dominating performance in the 160-yard individual medley. He raced to an official clocking of 2:10.31, just over 15 and a half seconds ahead of the second place finishing Wagner.
Brittany Broersma, for the second straight time in as many outings this season, cut through the girls 10 & under competition as swiftly as a hot knife through soft butter. Like Anctil, she won all five individual races in her age grouping. She one-upped her boys 18 & under teammate, though, by picking up two more victories in the relay competitions.
The tiny speedster also posted larger margins of victory than any of her teammates. Broersma finished 29.72 seconds ahead of Selah's Kylie Ergeson, the runner-up, in the 160-yard IM, and was 10.35 seconds and 3.84 seconds ahead of the second place finishing Ergeson in the 40-butterfly and 40-backstroke, respectively. Broersma's teammate, Lyndsee Anderson, claimed second place honors in the 40-breaststroke and 40-freestyle, finishing 7.28 and 3.83 seconds back of Broersma in the two dashes.
Katie Knee was a dynamo for the Sharks, as well, last night, competing at girls 16 & under. She won four of the five individual races, settling for second only in the 40-yard breaststroke to teammate Kaitlyn Broersma, who clipped her by half a second on the nose.
Knee defeated the second place finishing Broersma by 8.41 seconds in the 160-IM, and by 2.22, 1.11 and 1.00 seconds in the 40-butterfly, freestyle and backstroke races, respectively.
Toni Castillo, a girls 12 & under competitor, racked up four individual race victories for the Sharks and swam on both winning relay teams in her age group. She was most dominating in the 160-yard IM, placing first with a clocking of 2:08.96. That was 24.63 seconds faster than her teammate, the second place finishing Marisa Broersma.
Castillo also posted an impressive time in the 40-yard 'fly, churning through the water to a finishing time of 23.46 seconds, nearly six and three-quarters seconds faster than the second place finishing Aricka Smith of Selah. The only event Castillo didn't win was the 40-breaststroke, in which Selah's Shannon Gaskill clocked a 28.34 to Castillo's second place time of 31.04 seconds.
Tad Tyhuis was a four-time winner for Sunnyside last night, one of those victories occurring in a relay competition. His three individual race wins, coming at boys 10 & under, included a two and three-quarter seconds win over Wyatt Thomas of Selah in the 40-'fly, a six and three-quarter seconds victory over teammate Austin Garza in the 40-backstroke and a convincing 19.91-second win over Selah's Thomas in the 160-IM.
Tim Stiteler, swimming at boys 12 & under, also won three individual races for the Sharks Tuesday evening. He posted first place times in the 40-breast (35.15), 40-back (31.40) and 40-free (25.46). His teammate, Cristian Vargas, won the two other boys 12 & under races-the 40-'fly (28.71) and the 160-IM (2:28.12).
Also picking up individual race victories for Sunnyside last night were Summer Hazzard and Sarah Hollander, one apiece at girls 8 & under; Crystal Moore, a two-time winner at girls 18 & under; Fox Rodriguez, twice a winner at boys 8 & under; Austin Garza, a one-time winner at boys 10 & under; and Jacob Hollander, who nailed down two wins at boys 14 & under.