The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team overwhelmed the Omak Manta Rays in a home meet on Thursday (June 29).

The girls’ contingent defeated Omak, 294-53, while the boys won by 236-74, for a combined score of 530-127.

The Killer Whales took first place in 63 of the 90 events, and also grabbed 49 second-place and 38 third-place finishes.

Coach Bo Thrasher said the team is showing “incredibly great and supportive spirit” early in the season.

“There are a lot of older kids swimming and they are really pulling the team along with their experience and enthusiasm,” she said. “At the recent home meet we had nearly 80 swimmers. There were at least seven new 6-year-old swimmers who have never been in a meet before.”

As for competitiveness within the team, Thrasher noted that the 13- and 14-year-old boys had a faster time than their 15-18-year-old counterparts in the 200-yard individual medley relay, but the older boys responded with a faster time in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The team’s next competition is on Thursday (July 6), when they travel to Okanogan.