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Area swimmers shine at Moses Lake meet
The Enumclaw-based Rainier Foothills Swim Team finished up its regular long-course season with a fifth-place finish among the 15 small teams, 11th out of 22 teams, at the Moses Lake Manta Rays' Sizzlin Summer Swim Classic July 10, 11 and 12 in Moses Lake, Wash.
Approximately 484 swimmers, representing teams from Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Canada and eastern and western Washington, competed at the outdoor 50-meter pool.
Bennon VanHoof, who competed in the boys 13 to 14 year old division, won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 48.37 seconds and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.27. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley, dropping 12 seconds off his seeding time with a 2:45.08. He earned a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke, dropping seven seconds off his previous time of 1:19.82. He also picked up fifth-place finishes in the 50 freestyle, 29.47, and the 100 freestyle, 1:06.45.
In the same age division, Will Cooper captured second in the 100 freestyle with a 1:03.28, in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:18.18, dropping seconds off his previous time, and in the 200 butterfly. He finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.62 and picked up fourth-place finishes in the 200 IM with a time of 2:46.82 and the 100 butterfly in 1:13.94.
Also among 13- and 14-year-olds, Nik Stopsack was seventh in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 3:45.16 and ninth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.70. He also finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:43.49, shaved nine seconds off his 200 IM time and dropped time in his 100 and 200 freestyles.
In the boys 15-and-older division, Gabe Sales dropped five seconds off his 200 IM and 100 backstroke times.
Sales also dropped three seconds off his 100 butterfly time, finishing in a 1:21.76, and dropped his times in both the 100 and 50 freestyle.
In the same division, teammate Alex Stopack, who didn't have a recorded time, raced to a 1:53.68 in the 100 breaststroke. He also posted new times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 200 IM and 200 breaststroke.
Ethan Horan, in the boys 10-and-younger division, finished sixth in the 50 breaststoke with a time of 58.47; ninth in the 100 breaststroke, 2:04.35; 13th in the 50 freestyle, 44.85; 14th in the 100 backstroke, 2:12.06; and set a new time in the 50 backstroke.
In the boys 11- to 12-year-old division, Jonathan Schwartz, Jacob Hechter, Quinn Warner and Bryce VanHoof set new standards in events where they did not have previous times.
In the 100 breaststroke, Schwartz raced to a 1:53.39, Warner finished in 2:06.21 and VanHoof went 2:09.70. Warner, 37.46, Schwartz, 39.48, and VanHoof, 44.50, also posted new times in the 50 freestyle. Schwartz and VanHoof set new times for the 50 backstroke, finishing in 52.46 and 59.03, respectively.
Warner and Hechter also posted new times in the 100 butterfly and finished 11th and 13th, respectively. Warner finished in 1:46.17 and Hechter at 1:56.04.
Warner also registered a new time in the 50 butterfly, 42.54, to earn a 14th-place finish. He also posted a top-20 finish in the 100 freestyle with a new time of 1:26.52.
Hechter dropped eight seconds off his 50 backstroke time for a 47.93.
Schwartz earned a ninth-place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 51.75, followed by teammates VanHoof and Warner.
Schwartz also registered a time of 1:29.50 in the 100 freestyle and scored a new time in the 100 backstroke, 1:52.71.
In the girls 11- to 12-year-old division, Bailey Sexton finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:37.43; sixth in the 100 backstroke, dropping two seconds to finish at 1:25.57; 10th in the 50 backstroke in 39.82; 10th in the 50 breaststroke; and 14th in the 100 freestyle.
Grace Sales dropped times in all her events, including a 14-second fall in the 100 breaststroke; melted tons of time off her 100 backstroke; took eight seconds off her 100 freestyle and five seconds off her 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke times; and nicked two seconds off her 50 freestyle.