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Otters take on Beavers and StingRays

Martinez Community Swim Team Otters Nelly Nevares and Arisara Menjivar smile for the camera. (COURTESY / On File)
Martinez Community Swim Team Otters Nelly Nevares and Arisara Menjivar smile for the camera. (COURTESY / On File)

The summer swim season is drawing to a close, and the Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST) is finishing its season strong, swimming with another local Martinez swim team, the Forest Hills Beavers. The two teams swam their hearts out on a beautiful Wednesday evening, July 20. The Beavers came out on top this year, but the Otters fought hard and swam well, with nearly 140 personal best times.

Top scorers for the Otter girls included Tatum Cue (11), Bella Wilhite (6), Layna Panaguiton (10) and Ava Hansen (8). Top scorers for the Otter boys included, Ryan Fowlar (18), Jackson Barnacal (11), Hunter Burns (6) and Ryan Bromley (12).

Impressive personal best performances for the Otters were put up by, Rilie Bennet (11), Miranda D’Angelo (9), Matilda Davoren (5), Brandi Pico (9), Millie Thomas (6), Emily Watkins (6), Caleb Gutierrez (11), Patrick Keller (8), Jaisen Le (6), Landon Leach (9), Nathan Wagner (10).

The Otters took to the water again on Saturday, July 23, against the Benicia Stingrays. The Otters, once again, showed excellent teamwork, winning seven of their twelve relay events.

Excellent performances were put up by many of the Otter women, including Rachel Snyder (15), who swam 3 personal records and improved her times by over 41 seconds; Shasta Thompson (6), who swam 2 personal records for an improvement of over 8 seconds; Sara Meadors (10), who swam 2 personal records, improving her times by almost 23 seconds; and Golnaz Aahmadieh (11), who swam 1 personal record and improved her time by 9 seconds.

The Otter men also had several stand-out performers, including Dylan Ashe (11), who swam 1 personal best and improved his time by nearly 15 seconds; Kirby Davoren (8), who swam 3 personal records, improving his times by over 9 seconds; Dillon Kitchen (8), swimming 2 personal best and improving his times by almost 28 seconds; and Landon Leach (9), who swam 3 personal bests for an improvement of over 9 seconds.

With two more weeks left in the regular swim season, the Otters have six swimmers who have qualified for the upcoming Contra Costa County Championship Swim Meet. In order to participate in this meet, which takes place at the end of the summer, swimmers must swim a qualifying time in an event. As a result, only the fastest recreational swimmers may attend. Qualifying, to date, for MCST are Lizzy Atencio (17), Layna Panaguiton (10), Bella Wilhite (6), Josh Deilke (18), Ryan Fowlar (18), and Nicholas Wright (14).

The MCST Otters swam in their final dual meet on Saturday, July 30, against the Crockett Swim Team. This meet, held at Rankin Aquatic Center, was an exciting event; admission was free and there was a snack shack and raffles with proceeds going to support MCST. Look for results in a future edition of the Tribune.

A gaggle of Otters watch and cheer for their teammates. From left: Chiara Ke, Raudhan Melendez, Leah Murphy, Madailein Melendez, Kiara Cheney, Tatum Cue and Sara Meadors. (COURTESY / On File)
A gaggle of Otters watch and cheer for their teammates. From left: Chiara Ke, Raudhan Melendez, Leah Murphy, Madailein Melendez, Kiara Cheney, Tatum Cue and Sara Meadors. (COURTESY / On File)

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