WEST RICHLAND - Sunnyside High School girls swim coach Scott Southard is happy to head up the Lady Grizzly squad, but he is quick to point out the time has come for the group to rededicate itself to the cause.
With only seven swimmers, every team member counts, said Southard. And when a member is unable to be at a meet that hurts the chances of making things competitive, as was the case this past Saturday in Richland against Hanford.
Fielding only four swimmers, barely enough to qualify as a team, the Lady Grizzlies lost 121-31 to Hanford.
"It is next to impossible to be competitive with just four girls," said Southard. "I think we need to rededicate ourselves to this thing. We are going to have to change the way we approach these meets."
In the 200 freestyle, Sunnyside's Hannah Glockner was third with a time of 2:45.62. Hanford's Anna Underwood took top honors with a clocking of 2:26.12.
Rachelle Durfey took runner-up honors in the 200 IM with a time of 2:57.67. Hanford's Maria Antoniak claimed first place honors with a time of 2:48.37.
In the 50 freestyle, Hanford's Michelle Bobdie claimed first place honors with a time of 32.79. Sunnyside's Julianna Robert claimed third place with a clocking of 41.22.
Hanford took top honors in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.54. Megan Razey finished third for the Lady Grizzlies with a time of 1:14.40.
Durfey was third in the 500 freestyle for the Lady Grizzlies with a time of 6:45.67. Hanford won the event with a time of 6:13.54.
In the 100 backstroke, Hanford had a winning time of 1:09.46. Glockner finished third with a time of 1:34.13.
Razey finished third for the Lady Grizzlies in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:34.06. Hanford's Bethany Dibler had a winning time of 1:25.59.
Durfey, Robert, Razey and Glockner claimed runner-up honors in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 5:13.03. Hanford was first with a time of 4:21.32.
Southard was very impressed with the dedication of Razey, who made it on her own to Richland from Sunnyside after taking part in a band event to swim in the meet.
"I really appreciate her dedication," said Southard.
Southard said he was pleased with the efforts of the Sunnyside girls who did swim on Saturday.
"Our girls were really good about trying some different things," said Southard.
The Lady Grizzlies face West Valley on Tuesday at Lions Pool in Yakima.