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Otters shine at Devil Mountain; MCST wins over ‘Dolfins’

Martinez Community Swim Team members Rosie Deilke, Ariel Friedman and Grace Barnacal take a break for a picture at the Devil Mountain Pentathlon on Saturday, July 9-10, in Clayton. (TRACY PICO / Courtesy)
Martinez Community Swim Team members Rosie Deilke, Ariel Friedman and Grace Barnacal take a break for a picture at the Devil Mountain Pentathlon on Saturday, July 9-10, in Clayton. (TRACY PICO / Courtesy)
On Wednesday evening, July 6, the Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST) Otters took on the Pleasant Hill “Dolfins” in a first-ever meeting between these two local teams.

Top scorers for the Otter girls included Lizzy Atencio (17), Bella Wilhite (6), Adelina Purewal (7), Briar Cue (7) and Ava Hansen (6). Top Scorers for the Otter boys were Kyle Takamoto (10), Ryan Fowlar (18), Max Schulze (7), Noah Gutierrez (8), Josh Deilke (18), Nick Wright (14), James Roderick (10) and Devin Purewal (11).

Just a few days later, on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10, the Otters competed in the annual Devil Mountain Pentathlon, hosted by the Dana Hills Swim Team in Clayton. This invitational swim meet included over 1,000 swimmers from 15 swim teams throughout Contra Costa County. The Otters performed admirably, winning several overall and individual awards, and as a team achieving over 230 personal best times.

In the Devil Mountain Pentathlon, each competitor swims five events: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and an individual medley (or a 50-meter freestyle for the 6-and-under swimmers). The top eight swimmers in each individual event are given awards, and the top eight swimmers are awarded for their overall performance over all five events.

For the coveted overall awards, MCST had three swimmers take home top honors. Bella Wilhite finished sixth place overall in the 6-and-under girls’ division; Layna Panaguiton (10) finished fourth overall in the 9-10 girls’ division and Josh Deilke finished sixth overall in the 15-18 boys’ division.

MCST had seven swimmers finish in the top eight in their individual events. In the 6-and-under girls division, Bella Wilhite, finished fifth in backstroke, tied for sixth in freestyle and finished fifth in the 50-meter freestyle, and Ava Hansen (6) finished sixth in backstroke, tied for sixth in freestyle and finished fifth in the 50-meter freestyle. In the 9-10 girls’ division, Layna Panaguiton finished in first place in backstroke.

In the 11-12 boys’ division, Devin Purewal finished fifth place in backstroke. In the 13-14 boys’ division, Nick Wright finished second in freestyle. In the 15-18 boys’ division, Ryan Fowlar finished third in butterfly, in second place in back stroke, second place in freestyle and third place in the individual medley. Josh Deilke finished seventh in the backstroke as well as seventh in breast stroke.

Look for more Otter news in the coming weeks, as our hometown swimmers take on the Pleasant Hill Aquatics Swim Team, Oakwood, Oakhurst, Forest Hills, the Benicia Stingrays and the Crockett Swim Team.

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