Prosser Piranhas swim past Neptunes


Grandview Neptune Madison Diener swims the butterfly leg of the girls 12&U 160-yard medley relay.

GRANDVIEW - Last night teams in the Grandview Rotary Swim Team hosted the Prosser Piranhas, but lost the meet 420-310.

Grandview had a few stand-out swimmers, however. Earning the most points in their respective age groups for the Neptunes were Nicolas Cortez (10&U) with 16 points; Brendon Lynch-McGhan (14&U) with 20 points; Samanta Castaneda (16&U) with 24 points; Jenalee Mariotti (18&U) with 22 points and Dominic Garza (18&U) with 20 points.

Winning the highest number of individual events for Grandview was Castaneda, who earned top honors in the 40-yard butterfly, 40-yard breaststroke, 40-yard freestyle and the 160-yard individual medley (IM).

Mariotti earned top honors in the breast, free and individual medley races. She was runner-up in the fly.

Cortez and Garza each won two races. Cortez earned top honors in the breast and freestyle events. He tied in points with Coleman Wright of the Piranhas. Cortez was also on the winning medley relay team for his age group.

Garza outperformed his Prosser counterparts in the backstroke and IM.

Lynch-McGhan tied in points for his age group with Prosser's Bryan Smith. He did so earning runner-up honors in the fly, breast and back events. He earned top honors in the IM and third place honors in the back. He also garnered points as a result of being a member of the winning 160-yard medley and 160-yard freestyle relay teams.

Grandview had winning medley relay performances against the Piranhas in the girls 10&U event (Caitlin McGhan, Kaitlyn Ott, Cassandra Ruiz and Hannah Binfet), boys 10&U (Arley Peacock, Nicolas Cortez, Angel Morales and Anthony Warwick), boys 12&U (Jojo Valdez, Tavian Valenzela, Maurice and Austin Stevens) and boys 14&U (Brendon Lynch-McGhan, Orian Blanshan, Malachi Garcia and David Wacenske).

In the 40-yard butterfly event, Daniel McGhan (8&U) of Grandview earned runner-up honors to Prosser's Haden Hicks.

Mercedes Mendoza of the Neptunes earned top honors in the girls 10&U butterfly, and Grandview's Areesa Trevino earned top honors in the girls 12&U butterfly, edging teammate Taylor Ebbelaar.

In the boys 12&U butterfly Prosser's Scott Bakney tagged the end of the pool before Grandview's Maurice Prieto.

Lynch-McGhan was edged by Prosser's Gabriel Kingele in the fly, and Castaneda tagged the end of the pool before teammate Jessica Morales.

Fabian Ruiz of Grandview earned runner-up honors in the boys 16&U fly to Prosser's William Burgett.

Mariotti was in the girls 18&U fly edged by teammate Sarah Roberts, and Garza in the boys event was defeated by Prosser's James Wildman.

In the breaststroke events, Grandview teammates Hannah Binfet and Cassandra Ruiz earned first and second place honors, respectively for the 10&U girls.

Cortez tagged the end of the pool in the boys 10&U event before Prosser's Coleman Wright, and Grandview's Areesa Trevino was approximately four-tenths of a second behind Prosser's Becky Wildman in the girls 12&U event.

For the boys 12&U breaststroke, Neptune Tavian Valenzela tagged the end of the pool nearly four seconds ahead of Piranha Levi Russell.

Grandview's Mickayla Wert Long edged Kaylee Perkins of Prosser in the girls 14&U breast, and Lynch-McGhan was defeated by Prosser's Gabriel Kingele in the boys 14&U event.

Castaneda again edged teammate Jessica Morales in the girls 16&U breast.

The individual backstroke soon followed.

Cortez was the first of the Neptunes to place in the top two. He was runner-up to Prosser's Wright in the boys 10&U event.

Grandview's Austin Stevens earned runner-up honors for the boys 12&U backstroke. He was approximately four seconds behind Prosser's Levi Russell.

Piranha Bryan Smith was approximately two-tenths of a second faster than Lynch-McGhan in the boys 14&U backstroke event, and William Burgett of the Prosser team tagged the end of the pool nearly four seconds faster than Grandview's Fabian Ruiz in the boys 16&U event.

Garza was the only boys 18&U swimmer to score in the backstroke.

The freestyle event followed and again Cortez (10&U) was ahead of the competition, edging Prosser's Coleman Wright by six-hundredths of a second.

The boys 12&U freestyle went Grandview's way with first and second place finishes from Maurice Prieto and Tavian Valenzela, respectively.

Castaneda was the next to place in the top two in the free, edging Prosser's Karlie Lusk.

Fabian Ruiz of the Neptunes rallied back in the boys 16&U event to tag the end of the pool just more than two-tenths of a second before Prosser's William Burgett.

Grandview teammates Mariotti and Roberts also battled in the girls 18&U freestyle for a one-two finish. Mariotti prevailed by approximately three-tenths of a second.

To round out the freestyle events, Garza earned runner-up honors for the Neptunes to Piranha James Wildman.

With only two events left in the night, the swimmers were cold and tired. But, they rallied to close the meet in high form.

Grandview's 10&U girls freestyle relay edged the Prosser competitors. The margin between the two teams was more than a minute.

The Neptune boys 12&U freestyle relay team, too, earned top honors over the Piranhas, as did the Grandview boys 14&U team.

In the individual medley, the swimmers are tested. Each competitor must complete one lap of each stroke (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle).

Cassandra Ruiz (10&U) of Grandview prevailed over Prosser's Emily Villarreal by nearly 20 seconds.

Neptune Angel Morales also defeated the competition in the boys 10&U IM. He clocked a time of 4:19.72, while the runner-up, Brendan Beckwith of Prosser, tagged the end of the pool in 5:44.75.

It was Prosser that prevailed in the girls 12&U IM. Becky Wildman completed the medley in 2:54.33. Grandview's Taylor Ebbelaar earned runner-up honors in 3:09.77.

The boys 12&U event went Prosser's direction, too. Levi Russell of the Piranhas edged Grandview's Maurice Prieto by just more than on second.

Grandview's Lynch-McGhan was approximately three seconds faster than Prosser's Smith in the boys 14&U IM.

In the girls 16&U event, it was Castaneda against teammate Morales of the Neptunes for first and second place honors. Castaneda prevailed by nearly 10 seconds.

In the boys 16&U Ruiz and Burgett battled for top honors again. Burgett prevailed by nearly 16 seconds.

In the girls 18&U, Mariotti and Roberts finished first and second, respectively; and in the boys 18&U Garza earned the victory.

Grandview will compete again tomorrow (Thursday). The Neptunes will host Othello.


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