Manta Rays

SPOKANE - The Manta Rays placed 9th out of 16 teams at the Inland Empire Long Course Swimming Championships in Spokane.

The Rays were led by Zachary Washburn who placed in the Top 2 in all of his individual events.

Washburn brought home first place finishes in the 50, 100 and 200 meter freestyle, the 50 meter butterfly, and 100 backstroke. He also had second-place finishes in the 200 individual medley, 50 backstroke, and 400 free.

Washburn broke four team records at meet on his way to earning the High Point Award for the 11-12 year old boys. His performance qualified Washburn for the Western Zones Championship in Maui.

The Rays 14 and under boys 400 free relay team of Noah Heaps, Washburn, Jordan Pack and Tanner Patten, took fourth in the event. The 400 medley relay team made up of the same group swam to a fifth place finish.

Cora Dana turned in a personal best in the 50 free with a time of 28.47, earning a second place finish. Dana shattered the team record in this event, which had been held by Valynn Grant since 1993.

The second place finish earned her a spot on an elite team that will represent the Inland Empire at the Western Zones Championship in August.

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