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Sunnyside swimmers sink Mustangs

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Sunnyside swimmer Katie Knee dominated the action in the 100-butterfly. Knee placed first with a clocking of 1:10.84.

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School ladies swim team defeated the Prosser Mustangs 82-73 Tuesday afternoon.

The Sunnyside girls started out strong with a win in the 200 medley relay. Sunnyside's Katie Knee, Rachelle Durfey, Chelsea Durfey and Amanda Myers clocked a first place finish in 2:09.02.

"The medley relay was decided by less than a second," said Sunnyside Coach Scott Southard, who added that it was a very exciting heat.

"Chelsea Durfey pulled ahead in the butterfly and Amanda Myers held her own in the freestyle," Southard said.

"It was good to have Amanda (Myers) back. She makes the team a lot better when she's there," said Southard of the swimmer who has been out due to a shoulder injury.

Prosser swimmers Audrey Smith, Kass Stearns, Suzy Gurtison and Hallie Stark placed second in the relay with a clocking of 2:09.93. Third place honors also went to Prosser swimmers (Ruthie Watkins, Hillary Pearson, Elizabeth Hudak and Christine Surmeyer), who clocked a time of 2:40.96.

The Sunnyside 400-free relay team of R. Durfey, Bailey Morris, Megan Razey and Myers dominated the action and placed first with a clocking of 4:44.33.

Prosser's Hudak, Pearson, Surmeyer and Watkins placed second with a clocking of 5:25.52.

Also clocking a first place finish was Sunnyside's C. Durfey in the 200 individual medley. She had a time of 2:34.90.

Sunnyside's Morris came in second with a clocked time of 2:58.98. Watkins of Prosser was in third place, in a time of 3:09.47.

Knee came out ahead in the 100-fly to earn first place honors. She clocked a time of 1:10.84. Prosser's Kass Stearns was second with a time of 1:13.55 and Lady Grizzly Megan Razey clocked a third placed finish with a time of 1:29.72.

"Katie Knee's races were really tough," said Southard, explaining that she went head-to-head with top Prosser swimmers Kass Stearns and Audrey Smith and came out on top in both races.

"She outworked the other swimmers in the back half of the race," he said. "Those were two big wins for us."

The individual event Knee placed first in was the 100-yard back. She won with a clocking of 1:11.58.

Prosser's Smith was second with a clocking of 1:12.59. Third place honors went to Prosser's Ruthie Watkins, who clocked a time of 1:31.57, and Sunnyside's Renee Saenz was fourth with a clocked time of 1:58.80.

Also placing first for Sunnyside was Myers, who clocked a time of 6:50.43 in the 500-free. Sunnyside's Morris earned second place honors with a finishing time of 7:23.19, and Prosser's Hudak was third with a time of 8:20.84.

In the 100-free Sunnyside's C. Durfey dominated the event, clocking a time of 1:00.43, a full four seconds faster than her nearest competition. Prosser's Stark clocked a time of 1:04.84 for second place and her teammate Gurtison clocked a third place finish with a time of 1:07.74. Sunnyside's Bonilla was fourth in 1:22.21.

In the 200-freestyle Prosser's Audrey Smith clocked a first place finish with a time of 2:29.19. Myers earned second place honors with a time of 2:36.11 and Sunnyside's Brittany Bonilla was third with a clocking of 2:55.53.

Prosser swimmer Stark placed first in the 50-free with a time of 27.40. Sunnyside's R. Durfey brought home second place honors with a clocking of 27.57. Gurtison of Prosser placed third with a clocked time 30.35 and Sunnyside's Saenz was fourth in a time of 40.25.

In the 200-relay Prosser's Stearns, Smith, Gurtison and Stark clocked a time of 1:55.68 for first place honors. Sunnyside's relay team of Knee, Morris, Razey and C. Durfey placed second with a clocking of 1:59.28.

A Prosser swimmer also earned the top placing in the 100-yard breaststroke. Stearns placed first with a clocking of 1:20.17. R. Durfey of Sunnyside earned second place honors with a clocking of 1:27.98. Third place went to Sunnyside's Razey who had a clocking of 1:33.44.

"I think they did very well," said Southard. "Bailey (Morris) is swimming a lot better. She was second in her 100-free and IM."

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