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Tarpons too tough for Grandview Neptunes

TOPPENISH - Of the 72 events staged at Toppenish's 50-meter pool last night, the host Tarpons prevailed in 61 of the races.

That left the visiting Grandview Neptunes with just 11 first-place finishes.

The end result was a thunderous 585-185 decision that went Toppenish's way. Thursday evening's loss dropped Grandview to 1-4 in Mid-Valley Summer Swim League play.

Boys 16&U competitor Jared Churchill brought home three of Grandview's 11 wins all by himself.

Churchill nabbed his first victory of the night in the 50-meter breaststroke. The win, however, didn't come easy. He churned the length of the pool in 42.25 seconds, a whisker ahead of Toppenish's Victor Valdez, just an eye blink behind with a clocking of 42.39 seconds. Nipping on both Churchill and Valdez's heels was Toppenish's Jeremy Klarich in a time of 42.53 seconds.

Win number two for Churchill came in the 50-meter freestyle sprint. In this race, it was Klarich who pushed Churchill all the way to the end of the pool, as only eight-tenths of a second separated the two. Churchill's first-place time was recorded at 29.11 seconds, with Klarich posting a second-place clocking of 29.90 seconds.

The third victory of the night came much easier for Churchill. Competing in the 200-meter individual medley, he sped the four lengths of the pool in a time of 3:08.14. Toppenish's Valdez was a distant second with a clocking of 4:11.53.

Grandview's Nathaniel Gutierrez also found success last night against the Tarpons. He won two of the boys 10&U races, and was a member of the winning 200-meter medley relay team for his age division.

Gutierrez started off his three-win string by teaming with Angel Morales, Nicolas Cortez and Fabian Vasquez for the top finish in the boys 10&U medley relay. The foursome set a winning time of 4:49.59.

The Neptune mighty mite got his second victory of the night in the 50-meter butterfly. Gutierrez finished half a second ahead of Toppenish's Kobe Nishi, clocking a winning time of 1:04.04. Nishi's clocking was 1:04.54. Gutierrez, too, won the 50-meter freestyle for boys 10&U. Nishi, again, gained the runner-up finish, but the Tarpon was well back of Gutierrez's time of 50.76 seconds. Nishi clocked a time of 53.93.

Also earning individual race victories for Grandview were Cortez, Cassandra Ruiz, Taylor Ebbelaar and Micah Binfet.

Cortez, at boys 10&U, was the victor in the 50-meter breaststroke. His time was clocked at 59.28 seconds. His teammate, Gutierrez, was second in a time of 1:11.53.

Ruiz, a girls 10&U swimmer, claimed her win in the 50-meter breaststroke. She edged Toppenish's Makayla Koerner by four-tenths of a second with a first-place time of 1:00.32.

Ebbelaar, at girls 12&U, won the 50-meter butterfly race. She finished a full 2.1 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Toppenish's Ariana Regimbal. Ebbelaar's clocking was 48.21 seconds.

Binfet had the one other individual race victory for the Neptunes. He captured top honors in the boys 14&U, 50-meter breaststroke. Binfet's time was 41.21 seconds, about eight-tenths of a second quicker than second-place finisher Jordan Supnet of Toppenish.

The 11th and final win of the night for Grandview came from its boys 12&U, 200-meter freestyle relay squad. With a first-place time of 2:38.40, the team was comprised of Austin Stevens, Jojo Valdez, Tavian Valenzuela and Maurice Prieto.

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