YAKIMA – Despite missing two swimmers due to illness, the Grandview High School girls swim team gave the Clarkston squad a run for its money this past Saturday. The Lady ‘Hounds came up just short, however, dropping a 69-55 heartbreaker at Yakima’s Lions Pool.
Abby Cromwell of Grandview continues to shave time off of her personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke. She came in an extremely close second on Saturday with a time of 1:26.40. Clarkston's L. Downs had the winning time of 1:26.10.
In the 100-backstroke, Clarkston's K. McDonnell came in first with a time of 1:16.86, followed by Grandview's Taylor Ebbelaar with a time of 1:20.60.
This was Ebbelaar’s second time swimming the 100-yard backstroke this season and she did very well, said GHS Coach Rita Uribe.
“She got off to a great start and executed some great turns. She continues to improve and proves herself to be someone to watch over the next three years she swims,” said Uribe.
In the 200-yard freestyle the Clarkston team of L. Downs, K. McDonnell, G. Flock and S. Rinker came in first with a time of 1:56.78. Grandview’s Ebbelaar, Cromwell, Kassidy Hurst and Viannei Perez were second with a time of 2:10.89.
Uribe said Perez competed very well in the 500-yard free again, beating her best time by two seconds. She came in second with a time of 6:56.28. She followed Gabby Hock of Clarkston, who had a very impressive state meet qualifying time of 5:51.78.
“Gabby is a great swimmer who is fun to watch anytime we compete against her,” Uribe said.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Clarkston's Sharlene Rinker came in first with a time of 27.34 seconds, followed by Grandview's Jaelei Grant (34.61). Hurst came in third with a time of 35.27.
“Kassidy and Jaelei have come a long way this season,” said Uribe. “They have two of the best attitudes I have ever come across in an athlete. They are always looking for tips from teammates and continuing that team spirit from the side of the pool, as well.”
Flock came out on top again for Clarkston in the 200-freestyle with a time of 2:09.01, followed by Grandview’s Perez (2:34.15) and Cromwell (2:47.14). It was Cromwell’s first time swimming the event and she swam well, said Uribe.
Uribe concluded that she was proud of her girls and how they competed.
“It has been a rough season plagued by illness and injury but they have carried themselves through and continue to keep each other's spirits up. We have a long break until Oct. 26, when we will compete at the Yakima Valley Championships,” Uribe said.