Mesquite’s Manta Rays will be in action again this weekend when they meet Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31, for the annual Tri-State Championships in St. George, Utah’s Dixie State University pool, at 225 South University Avenue.
Twenty-three youth from Bunkerville, Mesquite and Logandale will flow into Utah and after a 7 a.m. warm-up will compete from 8 a.m. MST, both days, until done. Races will include 25-50 meters in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, a 100 meter medley event, as well as 100-200 meter freestyle and medley relays.
Coach Emily Andreola of the 6- to 17-year-olds who make up the team of seventy area youngsters said they are looking forward to the competition. Those participating are Connor Zarate, Brooke Zarate, Bri Zarate, Cameron Rivera, Presley Rivera, Ember Anderson,
Madi Anderson, Jessie Anderson, Mira Vallejo, Gianna Vallejo, Beau Garrett, Kole Garrett, Arabelle Whitebean, Kamzlee Dalton, Jozlyn Dalton, Kaelyn O’Rourke, Kiana O’Rourke, Cora Kennedy, Max Kennedy, Kale Jensen, Carsten Jensen and Craetyn Jensen.
All twenty-three of the youth will participate in the semi-finals Friday, but only those who finish in the top six will go on to compete Saturday.
Andreola said they won last year, and the hope is to keep the trophy for a second year in a row.
Saturday also marks the last day of the 2021 youth swim season.
“It’s been a great season watching them come such a long way from the beginning to now and I look forward to seeing them next summer,” Andreola said.