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Sunnyside swimmers take seventh at jamboree

WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School girls swim team took to the pool for the first time this season on Thursday afternoon, taking part in the Wenatchee relay jamboree.

The jamboree challenged swimmers from eight schools to try their hand at a variety of different relay races.

Sunnyside Coach Scott Southard said the meet served as a good way to get his girls ready for the upcoming season and back in a competitive mind set.

"I was more interested in getting the girls in the rhythm of competing, and getting the girls used to traveling," Southard said.

Overall, Southard said he was happy with the performance his team gave during the jamboree.

"They did a good job," he said.

This year the Sunnyside swim team is made up of seven girls, including Rachelle Durfey, Hannah Glockner, Katie Knee, Bailey Morris, Megan Razey, Julianna Robert and Brittany Bonilla. Bonilla was ineligible for Thursday's jamboree, due to a lack of practices.

Southard said once his team arrived at the jamboree they combined with the Wapato swim team to take part in a few relays.

The Sunnyside girls participated in four relay races Thursday.

Morris, Razey and Robert swam in the 200-meter medley relay, along with Wapato's Danielle Compton. Morris swam the backstroke, Compton the breaststroke, Razey the butterfly and Robert the freestyle leg of the race. The team finished in eighth place with a time of 2:39.31.

Another mix of Sunnyside and Wapato swimmers took part in another 200-meter medley relay. Knee, Glockner, Durfey and Terrah Clements of Wapato swam together, finishing in fourth place with a time of 2:14.22.

The swimmers were able to turn the intensity up a notch for the 200-meter freestyle relay. Clements and Compton of Wapato, and Razey and Morris of Sunnyside took second place in the race with a time of 2:08.15.

The final relay for Sunnyside was the 400-meter freestyle. The relay team, made up entirely of Sunnyside swimmers, finished in fifth place with a time of 5:01.33. Swimming for the Grizzlies were Durfey, Robert, Glockner and Knee.

The Sunnyside swim team finished the jamboree in seventh place overall.

Southard said the first official swim competition of the season gave him a chance to see what his team looks like in the water.

"They swam how I expected them to swim," Southard said. Aside from their swimming, Southard said he noticed his team seemed more comfortable in a competitive setting than it did last year.

"I was pleased and impressed with them," Southard said.

"They were paying attention to how they were swimming," Southard said.

Sunnyside's next swim meet is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 10, at Yakima's Lions Pool against Pullman.

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