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Lady Grizzly swimmers score first team victory

YAKIMA - The Lady Grizzlies swim team won its first meet of the season against Ellensburg yesterday, 74-67.

Originally, the girls were told they had lost the meet by one point, but when reviewing the score sheets last night, Sunnyside Coach Scott Southard noticed an error in scoring.

The change in points put Sunnyside over Ellensburg.

Southard said he had no idea what Ellensburg had in terms of swimmers, so when lining the girls up for heats, it was more of a guessing game.

"I guess we got lucky," said Southard.

The Sunnyside squad dominated the relay races in the meet. The team took first in each of the relays.

"You can get points much more effectively winning relays," said Southard. "First place in a relay is eight points, compared to six points in an individual event."

In the 200 medley relay, Sunnyside's Bailey Morris, Rachelle Durfey, Katie Knee and Amanda Myers took first place honors, clocking a time of 2:19.15.

"After they won the medley relay, which was the first event, and did well in the next couple, that gave them some confidence," said Southard.

In the second event of the meet, the 200 free, Sunnyside's Chelsea Durfey placed second, clocking a time of 2:19.39. She placed after Ellensburg's Alex Prigge, who clocked a time of 2:12.78 in the race.

R. Durfey then placed first in the individual medley in a time of 2:52.85.

In the 50-freestyle race Knee placed first, clocking a time of 24.22. Megan Razey clocked a second place finish with a time of 27.57.

In the 200-free relay Morris, Razey, Myers and C. Durfey of Sunnyside clocked a finishing time of 2:04.53 for first place honors.

Sunnyside also placed first in the 400-free relay. Swimming in that race was Knee, Razey, R. Durfey and C. Durfey, who clocked a time of 4:23.31.

In the 100-butterfly, C. Durfey brought home first place honors with a clocking of 1:11.95.

Knee also brought home first place honors in the 100-backstroke, clocking a 1:12.77 finish.

In the 100-free Ellensburg's Danica Weiner earned first place honors with a time of 1:11.38. Sunnyside's Bonilla placed second with a clocking of 1:22.18.

Ellensburg's Prigge placed first in the 500-free in a time of 5:47.18. Second place honors went to Sunnyside's Myers, who clocked a time of 6:58.99.

Hannah Ehinger of Ellensburg placed first in the 100-breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:22.57. R. Durfey placed second in 1:30.25, and Razey was third with a finishing time of 1:32.85.

"Even when they thought they lost by one, the girls were proud of their showing," said Southard.

He said he feels Knee's backstroke is coming along.

"She dropped about two seconds," said Southard.

In Tuesday's meet, Southard said both of the Durfey girls swam in events they aren't used to swimming and probably don't like very well, but it turned out well for the team.

"Megan Razey and Brittany Bonilla both had tough swims," said Southard. "They gave their best effort in terms of four good swims out of those girls."

The Lady Grizzlies are scheduled to swim in a meet in Pullman this Saturday.

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