It was another banner day for Tri-City Channel Cats at the American Short Course Championships in Austin, Texas.
Richland's Lisa Bratton finished second and Othello's Natilee Ruiz took third in the women's 200-yard backstroke Saturday.
Bratton completed the race in 1 minute, 58.23 seconds, behind Californian Chloe Isleta (1:57.89). Ruiz finished in 2:01.47.
Walla Walla's Emma Timm-Ballard, another TC Channel Cat, was sixth in 2:03.88.
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Meanwhile, Richland's Nicole Weinman was 11th in the 1,650 free, finishing in 17:51.44. Richland's Sarah Olsen (15th, 18:08.65) and Southridge's Rachel Schafer (21st, 18:49.97) also competed in the event.
On the men's side, Richland's Nick Connors, swimming for the Channel Cats, was third in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:17.30. David Sweeney of Georgia won in 15:47.79, and New Jersey’s Stephen Benvenuto was second in 16:16.04.
Connors, who earlier in the week was named the Herald's All-Area Boys Swimmer of the Year, won the B final of the 200 back in 1:52.40.
Next up for several of the Channel Cats will be the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals, March 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.
It was a good weekend, too, for former Channel Cat Christine Tixier, now competing for Biola University.
The ex-Hanford swimmer placed fourth in the women's 200-yard breaststroke at the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships in Oklahoma City.
Tixier, who won the 100 butterfly Friday, finished the breaststroke in 2 minutes, 23.21 seconds and picked up 15 points for her team.
Tixier later led off the 400 free relay, and the Biola women finished second in the B final and 10th overall at 3:40.03.
Biola tied Brenau University for eighth place in the women’s team standings with 199 points, while Fresno Pacific won the title with 780. Oklahoma Baptist University took the men's championship.