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Strong individual efforts for S'side swimmers

WEST VALLEY - With only two swimmers eligible to compete, Sunnyside's boys swim team lost 123-12 at Mid-Valley foe West Valley on Saturday.

Grizzly Coach Carl Scott explained the team's other two swimmers were ineligible because of state guidelines requiring swimmers have at least 10 practices before they can participate in a meet.

But those numbers don't tell the whole story, as both swimmers showed marked improvement from previous efforts.

There were indeed plenty of positives as Sunnyside's boys kicked off the 2005-06 swim season with four personal bests.

Daniel Negrete recorded his best times in the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 backstroke, taking fourth-place in the freestyle in 1:18.32 and recording a third-place time of 1:48.85 in the backstroke.

Alex Henry claimed Sunnyside's highest placing of the day, taking second in the 100 meter breaststroke with a personal best of 1:17.31. "Breastroke is his best event, and his time Saturday was quite a bit faster than his best time from last year," observed Scott.

Henry also competed in the 200 freestyle, recording another personal best with a time of 2:33.84 while bringing home third place.

"In all I thought the boys performed very well," Scott said. "I am excited that even though Sunnyside has a small team, all of them are returning swimmers that work very hard."

Scott added, "Last year all of the boys improved quite a bit and I am looking forward to another wonderful season coaching them."

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