TOPPENISH - Victories on the road are seldom easy to come by, especially in the extremely competitive Mid-Valley Summer Swim League.
That's why last night's 431-402 win over the always scrappy Toppenish Tarpons was oh so sweet for the Sunnyside Sharks. Thursday evening's victory in the Toppenish pool upped Sunnyside's record to 2-0 on the season.
In knocking off the Tarpons, Sunnyside relied on the strength of its girls squad. All told, the Sharks won 27 of the 37 girls races. Sunnyside's girls also tallied 18 second place finishes to Toppenish's 11 runner-up performances, which gave the Sharks a 227-103 scoring advantage in first and second place team points.
On the boys side, Toppenish defended its home pool well, winning 28 of the 37 races. Sunnyside's boys did make up some ground in the team scoring, however, as they came away with 16 second place finishes, compared to the 13 runner-up finishes notched by Toppenish's boys.
Toppenish's Allison Huylar won two of the four races-the 50-meter butterfly and backstroke events. Teammate Emma Stewart secured the 50-breaststroke victory for the Tarpons, but Toppenish was unable to complete the sweep as Sunnyside's Aydan Harrington won going away in the 50-meter freestyle.
Harrington covered the length of the pool in the 50-free in a time of 54.45 seconds, a full 3.01 seconds quicker than second place finishing Ariana Regimbal of Toppenish. Harrington also scored 12 team points for the Sharks with runner-up finishes in the back, fly and breaststroke events.
Toppenish had no answer for the likes of Lyndsee Anderson, Allyson Weddle, Natalie Hernandez and Summer Hazzard. The Sunnyside quartet combined for wins in both the 200-meter freestyle and medley relay events, and together won all five individual race events.
Anderson was victorious in the 50-meter butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle races. Her largest margin of victory, a nearly unbelievable 10.29 seconds, came in the 50-fly, as she swam to a clocking of 52.50 seconds. Anderson, too, had a runner-up finish in the 50-backstroke, clocking in 1.76 seconds behind her teammate, Weddle.
Hernandez won the challenging 200-meter individual medley, covering the four lengths of the pool in a time of 4:29.25. That was 11.06 seconds quicker than the runner-up, Toppenish's Katrina Johnson.
Sunnyside won three of the five individual race events, and split the two relays with the Tarpons.
Tara Van Corbach notched two individual race victories for the Sharks-the 50-breast and free. She also teamed with Brittany Broersma, Madi Marquez and Sydney Hernandez to win the 200-meter freestyle relay, and Van Corbach scored a second place finish in the 50-butterfly, behind Toppenish's Alexis Medelez.
Broersma was the 200-meter IM winner, edging Medelez by 1.49 seconds with a clocking of 3:24.97.
The Tarpons' Bethany Imperial won the 50-back, with Broersma in second place nearly one second behind her.
Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma enjoyed the most success, as she was on both winning 200-meter relay squads, and scored victories in the 50-breast and 200-IM. Broersma, too, had second place finishes in the 50-fly, back and freestyle races.
Alissa Martin of Sunnyside also scored big points for her team. She, like Broersma, Jackie Rodriguez and Emily Hutchins, swam on both winning relay teams, and had a solid performance in the 50-free with a winning time of 33.56 seconds. Martin, too, garnered a second place finish in the 50-breaststroke.
Toppenish's two wins came from Beth Klingele in the 50-fly and from Ariel Valdez in the 50-back.
As expected, the race for supremacy occurred between Toppenish's Sabrina Galaviz and Sunnyside's Kaitlyn Broersma.
The highly regarded Galaviz won the 50-fly and 200-IM, edging Broersma by just over half a second in the butterfly and by a whisker-two one-hundredth's of a second-in the individual medley.
Broersma got her revenge, though, in the 50-breast, back and freestyle events, scoring wins in all three races. Broersma, too, was on the winning 18&U 200-meter freestyle relay squad.
The Sharks came away with all the first and second place finishes in the five individual races.
Katie Knee took care of the five wins for Sunnyside, sweeping to victory in the 50-fly, breast, back, free and 200-IM events. Teammate Crystal Moore scored four runner-up finishes, with Sunnyside's Heather Van Corbach garnering the other second place finish, that coming in the 50-fly.
Knee, Moore and Van Corbach also teamed with the 16-year-old Broersma for the 200-meter freestyle relay victory.
The Toppenish trio of Jonathan Imperial, Nathan Koerner and Kolton Ruggles shut out Sunnyside's boys in the race for first and second place finishes.
Sunnyside managed wins in three of the seven events, with Joel Martin and Alex Perez coming up with the biggest performances.
Martin won the 50-breaststroke race and placed second behind Toppenish's Alex Davalos in the 200-IM. He also was a member of the winning 200-meter medley relay squad.
Perez, also a medley relay team member, as was Trajen Frank, won the 50-butterfly and placed second in the 50-free, behind Davalos.
Sunnyside also got a second place finish from Timmy Martinez in the 50-fly.
The lone Sunnyside swimmer to score any first or second place points for the Sharks was Giovanni Rodriguez. He managed a runner-up finish in the 50-breaststroke, finishing 1.45 seconds behind Toppenish's Jeremy Klarich.
Klarich also won the 50-free and 200-IM. Toppenish's Nicholas Huylar won the two other individual races-the 50-fly and back.
Toppenish had no answer for Brad Luff. He swept to victory in the 50-meter butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke races, and came away with the win in the 200-meter individual medley.
Luff also was in on both relay wins for Sunnyside, and scored a second place finish in the 50-free, clocking in 0.48 seconds behind Toppenish's Jared Klingele.
Also scoring points for the Sharks were Cristian Vargas, a double relay winner and a two-time runner-up in the back and IM; Andrew Rodriguez, second in the fly and twice a relay winner; and Edgar Vargas, the second place finisher in the breaststroke and a two-time relay team member.
Sunnyside's Jakob Anderson prevented the Tarpons from sweeping all the first and second place points, as he came away with runner-up performances in the 50-meter butterfly and freestyle races.
It was all Toppenish from there, though. Sean Martin secured four victories, with teammate Sean Drews winning the other race, the 50-backstroke.
Zile Wagner of Sunnyside was up to the challenge, but came up a hair short to Toppenish's Tyler Ward in four of the five match-ups.
Ward won all five individual race events, with Wagner second in four of them. Sunnyside's David Knee notched the other second place finish, that coming in the 50-breaststroke.