Selah dominates Neptunes in Grandview pool

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Rotary swim team last night hosted the Selah Dolphins and were overwhelmed by the speed and numbers of the visiting team.

Selah won the meet 607-208, but not without a fight from some of the Neptunes' top swimmers.

Fighting his way through the pool in an attempt to outswim the competition was Grandview's Micah Binfet (14&U). He battled with Dolphin swimmer Ivan Lancaster throughout the meet. Binfet prevailed in two of five individual events, including the 40-yard butterfly and breaststroke events. In those events, he clocked 25.03 and 28.43, respectively. Lancaster was nearly nine-tenths of a second behind Binfet in the fly and one second behind the Grandview swimmer in the breast.

Lancaster prevailed, however in the backstroke, freestyle and individual medley (IM) events. In the backstroke, he tagged the end of the pool in 28.23. Binfet earned runner-up honors in 31.00. In the freestyle, the pair was neck-in-neck, but Lancaster was five-hundredths of a second faster. He also was nearly eight seconds faster than the Neptune in the IM.

Samanta Castaneda was another Grandview swimmer battling it out last night. The girls 16&U competitor earned top honors in the 40-yard freestyle, clocking 23.87. Selah's Rachel Krawczyk and Aricka Smith, as well as Grandview's Tawnya Francis all made Castaneda push herself.

Smith prevailed, clocking 24.71 in the fly. Castaneda clocked 25.92 and Francis earned third place honors. Smith also slapped the end of the pool in 26.06 in the back, while Castaneda clocked 29.89 for runner-up honors and Krawczyk earned third place honors.

The breast event went Krawczyk's way. She tagged the end of the pool in 31.38. Castaneda and Francis were behind her, clocking 32.30 and 32.55, respectively.

Victorious again in the IM was Smith, tagging the end of the pool in 2:17.65. Castaneda and Krawczyk clocked 2:24.78 and 2:27.25, respectively.

Boys 16&U swimmer Jared Churchill was also consistent for the Grandview team. He earned runner-up honors in all five of his individual events. He clocked 23.01 in the fly, 28.60 in the breast, 26.60 in the back, 20.25 in the free and 2:22.35 in the IM.

Selah's Carson Petrea and Breyden Newland battled Churchill for the first three times in each event. Petrea prevailed in four of five individual events. Breyden, however, tagged the end of the pool first in the breast stroke.

Also garnering top honors for the Grandview team were Cassandra Ruiz (10&U) in the fly, Nicolas Cortez (10&U) in the breast, Tavian Valenzuela (12&U) in the breast and Maurice Prieto (12&U) in the free.

Runner-up honors were earned by Ruiz in the breast, Francis in the free, Nathaniel Gutierrez (10&U) in the fly and IM, Prieto in the fly, Dominic Garza (18&U) in the fly, Cortez in the free, Madison Diener (12&U) in the breast, Valenzuela in the free and IM, and Veronica Lopez (14&U) in the breast.

Grandview 160-yard medley relay team members in the 10&U boys, 12&U girls and 12&U boys all defeated the Selah relay teams; and in the 160-yard freestyle relay the Neptunes prevailed in the boys 10&U and boys 12&U events.

Grandview tomorrow (Thursday) will be in the Toppenish pool against the Tarpons.


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