Sea Lions Swim Team open season with a win

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Neveah Derrick, 8, swims the Butterfly leg of IM. Jeanine Apuron | Sea Lions

Sea Lion line up: Lane 6 Taylor Woods, Lane 5 Jacob Christian and Lane 4 Will Newman. Jeanine Apuron | Sea Lions

The San Manuel Sea Lions hosted the first swim meet of the 2014 season on Saturday at the San Manuel Swimming Pool against the Parkside (Florence Anthem) Piranhas and San Tan Valley Barrcudas. The Sea Lions won the meet with 987 points, while the Piranhas finished with 347 points and the Barracudas finished with 74 points. In the Central Arizona Swimming League, the Sea Lions have won every swim meet over the past seven years and hope to make a run at eight consecutive league championships this summer.

The coaches were proud of how the team performed at the first meet.

A total of 13 team records were broken on Saturday. Swimmers breaking team records included the following: Evan Apuron (10), Riley Stewart (10), Darien Apuron (12), Gianna Sweeney (12) and Will Newman (14).

Will Newman was the only swimmer at the meet to swim the maximum number of events and win all of them.

The following swimmers had first place finishes on Saturday:

Ebony Galarza, 7, (Medley Relay);

Mia Christian, 7, (Medley Relay);

Juliana Ramirez, 7, (Medley Relay);

Nevaeh Derrick, 8, (IM, Fly, Back, 50 Free, Breast, Free, Free Relay):

Malayah Renteria, 8, (Free Relay);

Ethan Kellam, 8, (IM, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Rocky Andrade, 8, (Fly, 50 Free, Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Joey Castellanos, 8, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Mason Stewart, 8, (Back, Breast, Medley Relay, Free Relay):

Justyn DeHerrera, 9, (Free Relay);

Desiree Galarza, 9, (Free Relay);

Briana Castellanos, 9, (Medley Relay);

Eli Tilley, 9, (Medley Relay);

Evan Apuron, 10, (Fly, Back, 100 Free, Breast, Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Riley Stewart, 10, (IM, Medley Relay);

Brian Mulholland, 10, (Medley Relay);

Hunter Hill, 10, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Genevieve Estrada, 10, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Rianna Estrada, 10, (Breast, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Star Chavez, 11, (Free Relay);

Aubrey Bridges, 11, (Free Relay);

Alicia Galarza, 11, (Medley Relay);

Angelina Tilley, 11, (Medley Relay);

BaiLee Hill, 12, (Free Relay);

Darien Apuron, 12, (Fly, Back, Medley Relay);

Gianna Sweeney, 12, (IM, Breast, 100 Free, Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Jayden Smith, 12, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Garry Dadow, 12, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Andres Valenzuela, 12 , (Fly, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Jessi Rice, 13, (IM);

Raya Woods, 14, (Breast);

Micheal Primero, 14, ( Free Relay);

Will Newman, 14, (IM, Fly, Back, Breast, 100 Free, Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Antonio Darame, 14, (Free Relay);

Colbey Stratton, 15, (Fly, Back, 100 Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Michael Sanchez, 16, (Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Taylor Woods, 16, (IM, Medley Relay);

Timothy Mulholland, 17, (Breast, Free, Medley Relay, Free Relay);

Alisha Smith, 16, (Back, Free, Free Relay);

This was the first swim meet for many swimmers on the team and they performed extremely well and had lots of fun! Listed below are swimmers who competed in their first swim meet as a Sea Lion on Saturday: Kayla Lambiotte (5), Juliana Ramirez (7), Drew Lavato (7), Eli Tilley (9), Justyn DeHerrera (9), Angelina Tilley (11), CJ Medlock (12), and Antonio Darame (14).

Genevieve Estrada was named Sea Lions Beast of the Week. Her hard work in practice paid off at the meet. She entered every event and achieved best times in five events. She has shown that she is among the best swimmers in the 9-10 Girls Age Group.

The Sea Lions will host the Globe Piranhas at the San Manuel Pool on Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m.

There is still time to join the team. Contact Alex or Wendy Gort at 896-2190 or stop by the San Manuel Pool between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday) for more information.

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