Piranhas nibble their way past Grandview Neptunes


Grandview's Hannah Binfet crosses the Prosser pool in the 50-yard breaststroke.

PROSSER - In all honesty, last night the Prosser Piranhas didn't run roughshod over the Grandview Neptunes the way they have in recent years. The end result was a much closer than expected 446-336 victory for the host Piranhas.

Wednesday evening's loss leaves Grandview with a final Mid-Valley Summer Swim League record of 3-9.

The heavyweights for Prosser that inflicted the most damage against the Neptunes were a cast of six. They included Rikki Scott, Kaylyn Sanders, Jaiden Hamilton, Haden Hicks, Sam Kawakami and William Burgett.

Scott, at girls 8&U, captured three wins in the four events staged. The lone race she didn't win, the 25-yard backstroke, was claimed by teammate Shannon Whiting.

Grandview's standout at girls 8&U was Elena Peacock, who picked up a pair of runner-up finishes in the 25-yard butterfly and freestyle.

Sanders ripped through the girls 10&U competition, finishing on top in four of the five events. Prosser teammate Emily Villarreal notched the other win, in the 50-yard breaststroke.

For Grandview, Cassandra Ruiz was the lone Neptune to finish as high as second at girls 10&U. She was the runner-up in the 50-yard 'fly and breast races, and in the 200-yard individual medley.

Hamilton was also a four-time winner for Prosser, those victories coming in the girls 14&U age division. Piranha teammate Kaylee Perkins scored the one other victory in that age grouping, in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Grandview, at girls 14&U, got one second-place finish apiece from Mickayla Wert Long (50-breaststroke), Aliyah Graham (50-backstroke) and Samantha Bailes (50-freestyle).

Hicks, as he has done all season long, basically swam unchallenged in the boys 8&U age division. The Prosser standout notched wins in all four of the races held last night. His teammate, Joseph Channel, picked up all four runner-up finishes.

Kawakami, arguably the strongest swimmer Prosser has on its team, dominated the boys 14&U age group. He earned wins in all five of the events that were staged. Grandview got one second-place finish at boys 14&U from Micah Binfet (50-yard breaststroke) and from Brendon Lynch-McGhan (200-yard IM). The three other runner-up showings were claimed by Prosser's Bryan Smith.

At boys 16&U, it was the William Burgett and Fabian Ruiz show. Burgett scored all five wins for the Piranhas, with Ruiz claiming all five of the runner-up placings for Grandview.

The Neptunes' top performers proved to be Samanta Castaneda and Nathaniel Gutierrez.

Castaneda, at girls 16&U, won the 50-yard butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle races, as well as the 200-yard individual medley. Prosser's Kassidy Burnett claimed the top finish in the 50-back. In the same age division, Grandview's Tawnya Francis scored second-place points in the 50-yard breast and back events.

Gutierrez, a boys 10&U competitor, picked up victories for Grandview in the 50-'fly, back and freestyle events, and in the 200-yard IM. Coleman Wright of Prosser notched the one other boys 10&U win, that coming in the 50-breast. Nicolas Cortez of Grandview was able to place second in that age grouping in the 50-breaststroke.

The Neptunes also got a three-victory performance from girls 12&U swimmer Taylor Ebbelaar. She was victorious in the 50-yard butterfly and backstroke races, and in the 200-IM. Neptune teammate Areesa Trevino finished second three times (back, free, IM). Prosser's Becky Wildman won the girls 12&U butterfly and breaststroke events.

At boys 12&U, it was a mixed bag. Grandview gained the upper hand, though, with wins by Austin Stevens ('fly), Tavian Valenzuela (breast) and Maurice Prieto (free). The backstroke and IM events were claimed by Prosser's Levi Russell. The only second-place finish recorded by the Neptunes at boys 12&U came from Stevens, in the 50-backstroke.

In both the girls and boys 18&U age divisions, Grandview clearly had the advantage.

Prosser had no swimmers at girls 18&U, compared to the four athletes Grandview brought with them to the Prosser pool. Scoring wins for the Neptunes were Sarah Roberts (butterfly and breaststroke), Jenalee Mariotti (IM), Yvette Ornelas (backstroke) and Kara Phillips (freestyle).

Prosser and Grandview had just one swimmer apiece at boys 18&U, Dominic Garza for the Neptunes and William Lane for the Piranhas. Garza won the 'fly and backstroke competitions, with Lane securing top finishes in the breast and free events. There was no individual medley race staged between the two.


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