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Grizzly swimmers sunk by Hanford

RICHLAND - The Lady Grizzly swimmers were defeated by the Hanford Bombers 112-46 in the first full meet of the season.

Sunnyside's Chelsea Durfey had the top individual effort for Sunnyside, placing first in the 50-free with a clocking of 26.87. Durfey was also victorious in the 100-butterfly, clocking a first place finish with a time of 1:07.82.

"We had some good swims," said Sunnyside Coach Scott Southard. "Both of Chelsea's individual events, she did well in. She did a good job of giving four good swims."

Also placing in the 50 free were Sunnyside's Britney Bonilla, who clocked a fifth place finishing time of 37.40, and Renee Saenz, who placed sixth with a clocking of 41.06.

The third place finisher in the 100-butterfly was Sunnyside swimmer Katie Knee, who clocked a time of 1:14.83.

Knee also placed first in the 100-backstroke with a clocking of 1:14.12. Sunnyside's Bailey Morris was third in the backstroke with a finishing time of 1:28.63.

Placing second in the 500 freestyle behind Hanford swimmer Kara Riordan, who clocked a first place finishing time of 6:40.66, was Sunnyside senior Amanda Myers, who clocked a time of 6:57.49.

"Amanda had a good 500 free," said Southard, who added that she is suffering from a shoulder injury.

Sunnyside's Rachelle Durfey placed second in the 100-breast, clocking a time of 1:26.20. Durfey finished after Hanford swimmer Emma Underwood, who finished with a 1:22.77 clocking.

Fourth place honors in the 100-breast went to Sunnyside freshman Megan Razey, who clocked a time of 1:32.30.

The Sunnyside 400-free relay team of C. Durfey, R. Durfey, Myers and Knee placed second with a clocking of 4:21.10. They placed after Hanford's team of Scheldeich, Benegas, Buck and Day, who clocked a first place time of 4:13.24.

Sunnyside swimmers Morris, Renee Saenz, Bonilla and Razey placed fourth in the 400-free relay, clocking a time of 5:42.96.

Placing third in the 200 yard freestyle was Morris, who clocked a time of 2:52.99. She came in after first place Hanford swimmer, Underwood, who clocked a time of 2:21.69.

Also placing third was the Sunnyside 200-free relay team of C. Durfey, Saenz, Bonilla and R. Durfey. The team clocked a 2:21.12 finish. The Hanford team took first place in the relay with a time of 2:00.78.

Placing fourth in the 200-individual medley relay was Sunnyside's Razey, who clocked a time of 3:14.98. Hanford's Alex Buck placed first in 2:31.10.

Although the team had some good swims, Southard said mentally there is room for improvement.

Being the first league meet of the season, Southard said that the girls now have a better idea of how the meets work and what they need to be doing while waiting for their swims.

"They need to be warming up and getting ready to give four good swims," said Southard.

"Starting with the next meet and as we go deep in the season a lot of our younger girls are going to do a better job of being consistent," said Southard, who added that experience was key in Thursday's meet.

He said the girls will be working on swimming sprints and being more focused over the two hours when they compete at meets.

Making proper turns at the walls will also be important to shaving time off the swimmers' clockings, he added.

The Sunnyside swim team will be competing against Ellensburg next Tuesday in the Lions Pool in Yakima.

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