TOPPENISH - Sunnyside had few answers for the brother-sister tandem of Anthony and Sabrina Galaviz, nor for Dillon Beard, but the rest of the Toppenish Tarpons team was no match for the Sharks last night.
Visiting Sunnyside swamped the Tarpons in their own pool, 383-285, to up its Mid-Valley Summer Swim League record to 7-0 on the season. For the Sharks, it was their second victory of the season over Toppenish, having defeated the Tarpons in Sunnyside by a 463-332 score back on June 12.
Last night's meet was brought to an early end because of nearby lightning strikes. The 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter individual medley races were scratched as a result.
Toppenish's highlights Wednesday evening came from the two Galaviz siblings and from Beard.
The older of the Galaviz's, Anthony, won all four of the boys 18 & under races, with teammates Michael Nelson and Sean Drews combining for three runner-up finishes. Sunnyside's Jakob Anderson got the other second-place finish, clocking a time of 38.33 seconds in the 50-butterfly, nearly nine seconds back of Galaviz.
Galaviz's sister, Sabrina, also swept all four races in the girls 16 & under age division. Her teammate, Shawnekka Tanewasha, nailed down a pair of second-place performances. Sunnyside countered with Alissa Martin and Kristen Wedam, who between them secured two runner-up finishes, three third-place efforts and one fourth-place finish.
Beard, a boys 16 & under competitor, won three of the four races staged in his age division, but had to settle for a second place finish in the 50-meter butterfly, behind Sunnyside's Matt Hatfield, who clipped Beard in the sprint by a quarter of a second. Hatfield went on to score two second-place finishes behind Beard, with Sunnyside teammates Dylan Graybeal and Christopher Bestebreur combining for three third's and three fourth-place finishes.
The Sharks had a pair of swimmers, the Broersma sisters Marisa (14 & under) and Kaitlyn (18 & under), who excelled in their own right last night. Both won each of the four individual races in which they competed.
In the younger Broersma sister's age division, teammate Alexandra Newhouse was a three-time runner-up, and Shark swimmers Emily Hutchins, Tara Van Corbach and Charlie Beth Rollinger tallied two third-place finishes and two fourth's.
Toppenish's Rachel Huylar and Emma Sidwell were the older Broersma sister's main challengers, although Sunnyside's Melissa Stamschror backed up Broersma with one second-place performance and three fourth-place finishes.
Sunnyside's Cristian Vargas also turned in a whale of a night for the Sharks. Competing in the boys 14 & under division, he sped to victory in the 50-fly, breast and backstroke events. Vargas also had a third-place finish in the 50-freestyle, finishing two spots back of the winner, teammate Tim Stiteler, who hit the wall 1.57 seconds ahead of Vargas. Toppenish's Nicholas Huylar, Ryan Johnson and Tyler Nelson each garnered one second-place finish for the boys 14 & under Tarpons.
The Sharks' Emily Banks was a two-time winner at girls 8 & under, in the 50-fly and breast races. Teammate Jolissa Mendoza secured the win in the 50-free, with Toppenish's Makayla Koerner winning the other race, the 50-backstroke.
In the boys 8 & under division, Sunnyside's Carlo Rodriguez finished as the top swimmer in the 50-fly and free races, and notched runner-up finishes in the 50-breast and back. Teammate Patrick Zecchino also picked up big points for the Sharks with his victory in the 50-back, along with a second-place performance and two third's.
Katelyn Banks of Sunnyside prevented Toppenish's Katrina Johnson from sweeping the four girls 10 & under races, holding the Tarpon to just three wins. Banks won the 50-backstroke, with teammate Kalie Bestebreur finishing second in that sprint and Johnson third.
In the boys 10 & under events, Fox Rodriguez of Sunnyside notched the lone win for the Sharks. He sped to a clocking of 54.62 seconds in the 50-fly, edging runner-up Alex Davalos of Toppenish by just under half a second. Davalos went on to win the 50-free, with Tarpon teammates Nathan Koerner and Jordan Supnet claiming victories in the 50-back and breast, respectively.
Sunnyside's Brittany Broersma and Toppenish's Alexis Medelez each were two-time winners in last night's girls 12 & under races. Broersma was victorious in the 50-breast and backstroke events. The Sharks' Madi Marquez also gained valuable team points with her one runner-up finish and three third-place efforts. Fellow age division swimmer Maxine Schademan of Sunnyside finished fourth three times.
At boys 12 & under, Tad Tyhuis of Sunnyside came away with three victories, in the 50-fly, back and free races. Toppenish's Enrique Davalos claimed the other win, in the 50-breaststroke. Alex Perez was a three-time placer for the Sharks, finishing third once and fourth twice.