GRANDVIEW - The 2007 summer season debut for the Grandview Neptunes swim team proved to be successful last night.
Powered by the efforts of the foursome of Taran Perez, Jared Churchill, Keagan Christensen and Marvin Stuber, the Neptunes disposed of the visiting Naches Barracudas, 433-306.
Although Grandview's girls outscored their Naches counterparts by a 201-191 margin, it was the Neptune boys who socked the Mid-Valley Swim League meet away for Grandview. The boys from Naches could only muster 115 points, compared to the 232 points tallied by Grandview's boys.
The domination by Grandview's boys started with Perez in the 8&U division. The mighty mite sped to victory in all four races in his age bracket. He was the only swimmer to finish the 40-yard butterfly, then finished nine seconds ahead of his closest competitor in the 40-yard breaststroke. In the 40-yard backstroke, Perez was just as dominating, finishing in 53.48 seconds. Teammate Maurice Prieto was a distant second in a time of 1:09.12. Perez made a clean sweep of the boys 8&U division, winning the 40-yard freestyle by a full seven seconds over second place finishing Aaron George of Naches.
Churchill, a boys 12&U competitor, went wire-to-wire in his age bracket races. He won by margins of 9.3 seconds, 9.5 seconds, 7.5 seconds and 3.1 seconds in the 40-yard butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle races, respectively. In the 160-yard individual medley, Churchill was even more impressive. He covered the four lengths of the pool in a time of 2:34.09. Grandview's Jose Castilleja placed second in a time of 3:56.68.
Christensen, too, came through big last night for Grandview. A boys 16&U swimmer, he won all five of his age division competitions. In the 40-fly, Christensen edged teammate Ryan Contreras by 1.5 seconds with a clocking of 22.71. Christensen was 4.7 seconds quicker than second place finishing Derek Johnson of Naches in the 40-breast, and clipped the runner-up Contreras by 3.5 seconds in the 40-back. The closest races of the night for Christensen came in the 40-free and 160-IM. In the freestyle sprint, he swam to a clocking of 20.75 seconds. The Barracudas' Johnson finished second in a time of 21.66. In the 160-IM, Christensen was pushed by Contreras, but prevailed with a clocking of 2:17.05, compared to Contreras' time of 2:18.43.
Stuber swam unopposed last night in the boys 18&U division, recording times of 24.12, 33.67, 29.15 and 22.25 in the 40-fly, breast, back and free races, respectively.
Also garnering wins for the Grandview boys were 10&U swimmers Tito Lopez (fly and free) and Micah Binfet (breast, IM).
On the girls side, the Neptunes' strongest performances came from 10&U swimmers Tiana Perez and Taylor Hall. Perez won the 40-fly and back races, as well as the 160-yard IM in her age bracket. Hall was victorious in the 40-breast and free competitions.
Also coming up winners for the Grandview girls were Cheyen Schenck in the 16&U fly and breast, and Brittnee Sanchez in the 18&U free.