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Barracudas 9- 10-year-old girls swimmer Lily Salari traverses the Needles Aquatic Center swimming pool during Bullhead City’s meet against the Sandsharks on June 1.

BULLHEAD CITY — The Barracudas trekked to St. George, Utah, to defeat the host Stingrays 370-255 at the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center on Saturday morning. 

The Bullhead City swim team were victorious — unofficially — according to Barracudas head coach Ed Catalfamo.

“It took us a few races to settle in to the fast pace of the meet and the increase in elevation,” Catalfamo said. “The meet was close to the pace of a high school meet due to the kids (being) limited to three individual events and one relay, so the recovery time between races was significantly reduced. 

“The elevation here is over 2,300 feet higher than Bullhead City. 

“I am proud of how my kids adjusted to the meet pace and the altitude.

“Our relays led the way with top places in all relay events, and my kids individually were just shredding their previous best times throughout the meet.”

The score of the meet and the times of the swimmers have not been published, but the 22-year Barracudas’ head coach described some of his swimmers’ peformances.

Esmeralda Castro dropped 16 seconds in her 100 freestyle to take first place in the 100 hard freestyle, Catalfamo said. Kingzten Bristol, 11-12 boys; and Mary Hessom, 13-14 girls; did well for the Barracudas. 

“Mary Hessom won all of her races,” said Barracudas assistant coach Hylie Barton by text message. “Esmeralda Castro had some big time drops and looked really good in 100(-yard freestyle). She’s becoming one of the top freestylers in her age (11-12 girls).”

Barton said Bullhead City’s Lily Salari, 9-10 girls, had a “wonderful breaststroke” race.

Esmeralda Castro had some big time drops and looked really good in 100 free — she’s becoming one of the top freestylers in her age (she’s 12). 

BHC 11-12 girls Nathalie Horta’s strokes were all much improved today, Barton said. Soren Irgens, 15-18 boys had a “super 50 free race.”

Caleb Riggs, 15-18 boys, “looked great” in the breaststroke for BHC, Barton said.  All three Fernandez brothers — Garrett, 6-under, Christopher, 15-18, and Renaldo, 13-14, are dropping time consistently. 

Catalfamo said 7-8 boys swimmer Jack Mangum also did well for BHC.

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