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Escalon Orcas Improve Times, Effort In Pool
Twenty-eight events, more than four dozen swimmers ... Escalon's swim team, the Orcas, are halfway through the competitive summer season and making solid progress.

The Orcas hosted the Riverbank Barracudas and the Delhi Sailfish at the Escalon Community pool on Friday, July 18 and came away with several top finishes.

"Our 7-8 group is a particularly strong group," said Deborah Hawkins, working again this season with Joy Metzler as co-coaches for the team. "We have the twins, Cassidy and Caitlin Pehl, they have been in the top five in their events every week."

Also included in that age group is Teagan Nahhas, a 6-year-old who often competes in relays for the 6-10 group, going up against swimmers four years her senior.

"Leah Martinez took first in the 50 free this week in the 11-12 age group and she showed a seven second improvement over her time from last week," Hawkins added of top efforts. "Kaitlyn Mayfield is another top swimmer in the 9-10 group, she was second in the 50 breast."

Madison Hawkins took first in the 100 breaststroke for the 13-18 division, edging out a swimmer from Delhi that does the sport year-round. Hawkins clocked a time of 1:30.03 and the second place finisher touched the wall in 1:30.44.

"That was a very exciting race," Hawkins admitted.

Following are some results from the Friday meet, listing those Orcas that broke into the top three in the various events. Names are spelled as provided by scorekeepers.

100 Free Relay 6-10: Rachel Swift, Cassidy Pehl, Caltin Pehl, Kaitlyn Mayfield, 1:26.25, third place.

200 Free Relay 11-12: Lauren Cathcart, Azelea Souza, Casey Pettit, Leah Martinez, 2:50.33, third.