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Dolphins overpower Grandview, 659-161

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Grandview girls 14&U competitor Elsa Martinez completes the backstroke leg of the 160-yard medley relay. Her relay team, including Aliyah Graham, Mickayla Wert Long and Samantha Bailes, garnered runner-up honors, clocking 2:17.46.

SELAH - The Grandview Neptunes seemingly didn't have a chance last night against Selah as the Dolphins swam away with their eighth win on the summer AAU swim season, 659-161.

There were a few bright spots on the night for the Neptunes, particularly in the boys 12&U races.

Grandview's Tavian Valenzuela, Maurice Prieto, Jo-Jo Cisneros-Valdez and Austin Stevens combined to win both the 160-medley and 160-freestyle relays, clocking 2:06.53 and 1:48.59, respectively.

Three of them, Valenzuela, Prieto and Stevens, each won an individual race. That combination led to five of Grandview's nine victories in the Selah pool.

Stevens was the first Neptune to earn an individual victory. He was the first to tag the end of the pool for Grandview, winning the 40-yard butterfly in 28.79. Prieto was his closest competitor, clocking 31.00.

Prieto garnered a victory in the 40-yard freestyle. He beat out Valenzuela, clocking 24.37. Valenzuela clocked a finishing time of 25.25.

Valenzuela was the victor in the 40-yard breaststroke. He tagged the end of the pool in 31.34. Selah's Carson Vick was nearly four seconds behind the Neptune for runner-up honors.

Valenzuela also earned third place honors in the 160-yard individual medley (IM), and Stevens earned third place honors in the 40-yard backstroke.

Grandview girls 10&U competitor Cassandra Ruiz was another bright spot, winning the 40-yard breaststroke in 38.75. She was just shy of a second faster than Selah's Nicole Smith, who defeated the Neptune in the butterfly in 32.46. Ruiz tagged the end of the pool in that event in 35.21. Smith, again, was faster than Ruiz in the 40-yard freestyle. The pair reached the end of the pool in 26.31 and 32.84, respectively.

Neptune boys 10&U swimmer Nicolas Cortez earned another victory for the team, clocking 39.50 in the 40-yard breaststroke. Eli Ziegler of Selah tagged the end of the pool for runner-up honors in 46.84.

Cortez also earned third place honors in the 40-yard butterfly.

Two more Grandview competitors were able to defeat the Dolphins in individual races. Both were older girls.

Kara Phillips (18&U) outpaced the competition in the 40-yard freestyle. She clocked 23.48, but Ashley Anderson of the Dolphins was only two-tenths of a second behind her.

In the IMs, Samanta Castaneda (16&U) prevailed for Grandview, clocking 2:19.40. Her closest competitor, Selah's Dalainee Viernes, was nearly two seconds off the Neptune swimmer's pace.

Castaneda also garnered runner-up honors in the freestyle.

The Dolphins won 65 events Tuesday evening.

Grandview tomorrow (Thursday) will host the Toppenish Tarpons, with two more regular season meets to follow.

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