Photo by Rachelle Weymuller
The Killer Whales made an impressive showing at the recent AAU regionals in Toppenish.

The Methow Valley Killer Whales built momentum for the upcoming league championships last week with two home pool victories: A 402-370 win over the Okanogan Bullfrogs, and another first-place finish over three other teams at the Methow Invitational.

On July 17, the Killer Whales edged Okanogan in a relatively close meet that featured 145 swimmers in all. The local team took 43 first-place finishes, along with 44 second-place finishes and 32 third-place finishes.

On Saturday (July 21), Okanogan was back at the Wagner Memorial Pool along with the Brewster Bearacudas and the Omak Manta Rays for the Methow Invitational. The Killer Whales racked up 884.5 points to Okanogan’s 581.5, Brewster’s 340 and Omak’s 286. The same teams will get together at Brewster on Saturday (July 28) for the league championship meet. The Killer Whales had their last dual meet in Omak on Tuesday (July 24).

High-point winners for the day representing Methow Valley were Gavin Blank in the 9- to 10-year-old boys’ category with 35 points, Ellie Blank in the 11- to 12-year-old girls’ category with 32 points, Grey Patterson in the 13- to 14-year-old boys’ category with 34 points, and Tyler Darwood in the 15- to 18-year-old boys’ category with 32 points.

Overall, the Killer Whales took 46 first-places, 32 second-places finishes and 29 third-place finishes on the way to their win.

Earlier, a group of Killer Whales traveled to Toppenish on July 14 for the AAU regionals. The Methow Valley team combined with the Brewster Barracudas to compete as the Okanogan County Swim Team at the 29th Annual AAU 2018 Central Washington Swimming Invitational. A total of 18 swimmers competed, including Eva Weymuller, Nyah Frantz, Shad Frantz, Mariah Lucy, Helaina Remsberg, Leki Albright and Stella Gitchos from the Methow Valley.

The Okanogan County team took home the second-place trophy in its category. Two Methow swimmers won high-point honors for their age groups: Nyah Frantz in 9- to-10-year-old girls, and Eva Weymuller in 15- to-16-year-old girls.

“I’m very proud of these talented and dedicated swimmers from the Methow who raced incredibly well against swimmers from all around central Washington,” Killer Whales coach Bo Thrasher said. “It was fun to join forces with our fellow league team Brewster, meet new friends and swim together.”