Sunnyside Sharks 2-for-2 against swim league foes


Sunnyside's Megan Razey swims to a second place finish last night in the girls 18 & under, 50-meter breaststroke. She clocked in 13 one-hundredth's of a second behind teammate Janelle Mendoza.

The trio of Alexandra Newhouse, Tad Tyhuis and Joey Elerding combined for 18 victories last night to spearhead Sunnyside's 463-332 win over the visiting Toppenish Tarpons.

For the Sharks, it was their second victory in as many Mid-Valley Summer Swim League outings this season.

Newhouse, a girls 14 & under competitor, won all five individual races in her age division, and swam the second leg on the winning 200-meter freestyle relay squad in that age bracket.

In the 50-meter butterfly, Newhouse bested the runner-up, Toppenish's Natalie Clark, by 4.97 seconds in the butterfly. In the other 50-meter sprint events, it was a one-two punch for Sunnyside as the Sharks' Emily Hutchins placed second to Newhouse all three times. Newhouse clipped her Sunnyside teammate by 5.47 seconds in the breaststroke, by 2.81 seconds in the backstroke and by a second and a tenth in the freestyle.

In the longer 200-meter individual medley, Newhouse recorded a winning time of 3:42.18, just over 10 seconds quicker than that of the second place finishing Hutchins. Clark was a distant third with a clocking of 4:09.50.

Tyhuis swam for Sunnyside in the boys 12 & under division. He won four of the five individual events in that age bracket, only coming up short in the 50-meter breaststroke, due to being disqualified by a stroke judge. Tyhuis, too, was a member of the winning 200-meter medley and freestyle relay squads in his age division.

In securing his four individual race victories, Tyhuis had winning margins of 3.59 seconds in the 50-fly, 4.27 seconds in the 50-back, 0.89 seconds in the 50-free and 11.69 seconds in the 200-meter individual medley.

Elerding, virtually a lock on going undefeated this season based on his eye-popping times, easily cruised to wins in all five of his boys 18& under races last night. His only opponent Thursday evening, Toppenish's Sean Drews, finished second by margins of 7.56 to 19.93 seconds in the four, 50-meter sprints, and by a minute and 23 seconds in the 200-meter IM.

Girls 8 & under

Sunnyside won three of the four races, with Emily Banks claiming two of the victories (backstroke and freestyle). Alyssa Martin got the other win for the Sharks, in the breaststroke.

Toppenish's Brittany Zyph won the 50-meter butterfly.

Jolissa Mendoza secured a pair of runner-up finishes for the Sharks, with Martin nailing down three, third-place finishes.

Boys 8 & under

With a victory each from Carlo Rodriguez, Patrick Zecchino and Skylar Gray, the Sharks claimed three of the four wins. Toppenish's Alex Regimbal picked up the other victory.

Rodriguez also had a pair of second-place finishes for Sunnyside.

Girls 10 & under

Sunnyside dominated the action by winning five of the seven events, with Katelyn Banks the top performer. She won three individual races (backstroke, freestyle and individual medley), and swam on the winning 200-meter freestyle relay squad with teammates Kalie Bestebreur, Lindsay Schilperoort and Aydan Harrington.

Bestebreur won the 50-meter fly for the Sharks, and picked up a pair of third-place finishes, as well.

Toppenish's Katrina Johnson won the 50-breast.

Boys 10 & under

The Tarpons swept all seven victories against the Sharks. Alex Davalos had four of the individual race wins, with Toppenish teammate Nathan Koerner getting the other in the 50-back. Toppenish won both relay events, as well.

Sunnyside's top performers were Fox Rodriguez with a second and third place finish, and Mathew Marquez and Bryce Murphy, each of whom secured one fourth-place finish.

Girls 12 & under

Toppenish came out on top by winning five of the seven events. Alexis Medelez had four of the Tarpon wins.

Sunnyside's two victories came from Madi Marquez in the 50-breaststroke, and from its 200-meter freestyle relay squad of Marquez, Lyndsee Anderson, Jordan Harrington and Jordan Rodriguez.

Marquez also recorded four runner-up finishes for the Sharks, with Anderson nailing down a second-place finish, three third's and one fourth-place finish.

Boys 12 & under

Tyhuis, in on six of the Sunnyside victories, was backed up by teammates Joel Martin (a second, third and fourth place finish), Nickolas Ramirez (a third place finish) and Alex Perez (two fourth-place finishes).

Toppenish's only win came from Enrique Davalos in the 50-meter breast.

Girls 14 & under

Newhouse powered the Sharks by winning all five individual races. She got support, however, from Hutchins with four runner-up placings, and from Charley Beth Rollinger, who claimed three third-place finishes and two fourth-place efforts.

Boys 14 & under

Three wins by Cristian Vargas (fly, breast and IM) and a victory by Tim Stiteler (breast) led Sunnyside to winning six of the seven events.

Toppenish's lone victory came from Pedro Contreras in the 50-backstroke.

The Sharks also picked up wins in the two relay events. Swimming those races for Sunnyside were Stiteler, Vargas, Giovanni Rodriguez and Grant Stutesman.

Girls 16 & under

Sunnyside had no answer for Toppenish's Sabrina Galaviz. She won all four of the 50-meter sprints.

Alissa Martin of Sunnyside, the only competitor in the 200-IM, clocked the winning time of 3:29.93.

Boys 16 & under

The Tarpons came out on top in four of the five individual events, with Dillon Beard notching all four victories.

Sunnyside got its one win from Matt Hatfield, who clocked a time of 41.56 seconds to take top honors in the 50-meter butterfly. He bested the runner-up Beard by half a second.

Girls 18 & under

Emma Sidwell of Toppenish was a three-time winner last night.

Sunnyside's Janelle Mendoza got the other two individual race victories (butterfly and breaststroke).

Also earning points for the Sharks were Julie Wedam with a second-place finish, two third's and two fourth-place performances; and Megan Razey, twice a runner-up.

Boys 18 & under

With only two swimmers competing, one for each club, Elerding swept to victory in all five individual events.


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