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Neptunes pick up second win of season at meet cut short due to lightning scare

GRANDVIEW - Nearby lightning strikes cut short last night's Mid-Valley Swim League meet between the host Neptunes and visiting Othello Barracudas.

With less than half of the races having been staged, and with the Neptunes out in front 184-140 on the scoreboard, Othello officials elected not to schedule a return trip to Grandview to complete the action. Officially, that gives the Neptunes the victory, their second of the summer.

Tuesday night's win also avenges a controversial 497-303 defeat Grandview suffered against the Barracudas in Othello's home pool the last week of June. In question from that first match-up is whether or not Othello allowed several youngsters from Connell to compete on the Barracudas' squad against Grandview, and if so, should the Connell swimmers' times and placings be disallowed.

In forging the early lead on Othello last night, the Neptunes won six of the eight 160-yard medley relay races, which gave Grandview a 30-10 lead in the team scoring.

Next up was the 40-yard butterfly event. On the girls' side, Grandview won four of the six age division races. Those winners included Brianna Desmarais at 10&U, Maxine Ocampo at 12&U, Joselina Wacenske at 16&U and Jessica Morales at 18&U. Grandview's girls also piled up a 5-1 differential in second-place finishes in the 'fly events. The runners-up for the Neptunes were Kaitlyn Ott (10&U), Kaylin Cortez (12&U), Taylor Ebbelaar (14&U), Taylor Colson (16&U) and Tawnya Francis (18&U).

Grandview's boys were even more dominant in the butterfly, winning all six of the age division races and placing second in four of them. The Neptune winners included Damian Smasne at 8&U, Nicolas Cortez at 10&U, Nathaniel Gutierrez at 12&U, David Wacenske at 14&U, Brendon Lynch-McGhan at 16&U and Fabian Ruiz at 18&U. The 'fly runners-up for Grandview were Joaquin Cortez at 8&U, Angel Morales at 10&U, Micah Binfet at 14&U and Jared Churchill at 18&U.

Othello, however, made up some ground on the Neptunes in the 40-yard breaststroke events. All told, the Barracudas won five of the 10 age division races and picked up second-place team points in six of the 10 races that were held.

The Barracuda winners in the breaststroke events included Gabriela Rodriguez at girls 8&U, Aiden Thien at boys 8&U, Isabella Pruneda at girls 10&U, Hunter Sparks at boys 12&U and Nicole Douglas at girls 14&U. Othello's runners-up in the breaststroke were Alex Rodriguez at girls 8&U, Cade Rodriguez at boys 8&U, Shaya Parrish at girls 10&U, Dusty Carlson at boys 12&U, Josie Valdez at girls 14&U and Michael Lebacken at boys 16&U.

Grandview got its victories in the breaststroke from Nicolas Cortez at boys 10&U, Kaylin Cortez at girls 12&U, Binfet at boys 14&U, Wacenske at girls 16&U and Lynch-McGhan at boys 16&U.

The lightning scare came just prior to the 18&U breaststroke races, and last night's meet was stopped at that point.

Grandview (2-8), which ironically forfeited a meet to Toppenish last week when the team decided to not return to the Tarpons pool to complete last Thursday's meet, also stopped short due to lightning strikes, next travels to Naches. That meet is slated for Tuesday, July 24.

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