GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Neptunes celebrates many individual wins as they were presented the ribbons this morning (Wednesday).
Last night the team earned a victory against the visiting Naches Barracudas, 498-270.
It was a team effort as the Grandview swimmers won seven of the eight 160-yard medley relay races. The one Naches win in those races was in the boys 18&U medley relay. Garrett Rice, Aaron Schmitt and brothers David and Daniel Whitmore were victors, clocking a time of 1:37.47. The Neptune team tagged the end of the pool nearly 11 seconds later.
In the 40-yard butterfly event, all 8&U swimmers disqualified. However, Elena Peacock, Daniel McGhan and Logan Hudgens were the powerhouses for the team in the other races. Peacock earned top honors in the girls breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle events. McGhan prevailed in the boys breaststroke and freestyle events, only to be defeated by Hudgins in the backstroke.
Cassandra Ruiz and Nathaniel Gutierrez started their personal runs on the Naches swimmers in the girls and boys 10&U butterfly events, respectively.
Ruiz clocked 35.68 in the fly and her closest competitor was nine seconds behind. Ruiz prevailed in three other individual races and earned runner-up honors to teammate Hannah Binfet in the breaststroke. In the backstroke Ruiz tagged the end of the pool in 46.16. She clocked the fastest times in the freestyle and the individual medley, as well.
Gutierrez was the fastest swimmer in four of five individual events, also. He was nearly seven seconds faster than the competition in the fly. In the backstroke event, he tagged the end of the pool in 43.41 with teammate Nicolas Cortez tagging the end of the pool in 47.66 for runner-up honors. In the freestyle event, it was again a one-two finish for the pair with Gutierrez tagging the end of the pool first. He finished the meet with a nearly 20-second lead over Barracuda Max Black in the individual medley. Cortez prevailed in the breaststroke.
For the 12&U swimmers, there were a couple of Grandview boys who fought the good fight. Maurice Prieto and teammate Tavian Valenzuela each gave the Naches swimmers a workout. Prieto prevailed in the freestyle and Valenzuela earned a win in the breastroke. The Neptunes were fighting the speed of Naches' Aaron George, who earned victories in the fly and back, as well as the individual medley.
In the girls 14&U races, Aliyah Graham claimed a couple victories. She tagged the end of the pool ahead of teammate Mickayla Wert Long in the breaststroke, earned runner-up honors in the backstroke and battled for the best time in the freestyle.
Micah Binfet, in the boys 14&U, earned top honors in the butterfly and breaststroke events. He earned runner-up honors to Barracuda Zachery Zyskowski in the backstroke. The Barracudas' Justin Stanton tagged the end of the pool, clocking times of 23.85 and 2:20.10, respectively, in the freestyle and individual medley events. Binfet was runner-up in each of those events.
In the girls 16&U races, Samanta Castaneda just couldn't get past Naches' Micaela Clark in any of the events. Clark earned top honors in all five individual events and Castaneda was nipping her heals each time.
For the boys 16&U events, Grandview's Fabian Ruiz earned top honors in the freestyle, clocking 19.00. Teammate Jared Churchill was runner-up in that event. The duo was fighting David and Daniel Whitmore in each race. David prevailed in 21.08 in the fly and again earned top honors in the backstroke. Daniel defeated the competition, clocking 27.87 in the breaststroke. He again tagged the end of the pool first in 1:59.22 in the individual medley. Churchill was runner-up in that event, and Ruiz earned third place honors.
Grandview's Tawnya Francis prevailed in four of five 18&U individual races and teammate Jenalee Mariotti was the first to tag the end of the pool in the butterfly event.
Naches, led by Garrett Rice, dominated the boys 18&U events. Grandview's lone competitor, Dominic Garza, earned runner-up honors in the breaststroke event.
Following four of the five individual events, just before the individual medley, were the freestyle relay races. Grandview tagged the end of the pool first in each of the eight races, further helping the team earn last night's victory.
The Neptunes will tomorrow travel to Othello.