YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School boys swim team may have been on the losing end of a 115-34 score against Cheney on Thursday, but the Grizzlies' contingent of four swimmers improved their postseason hopes.
Competing in a home meet at Lions' Pool in Yakima, Sunnyside was led by a pair of first-place finishes.
Anthony Kim swam to a time of 5:15.68 for first place in the 500 freestyle and Alex Henry was first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.66.
"Alex Henry's time in the 100 breaststroke was notable because it is a full two seconds better than his previous best," observed Coach Carl Scott. "I am hoping that we can really work on that race this week and he should do well at Districts."
Henry took third in his other individual races, with a time of 27.32 in the 50 freestyle.
Kim earned a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.24.
"Anthony Kim had a wonderful meet. He improved in both of his races and I am very excited for his chances at Districts," Scott noted. "If we can get a few things worked out on his races in this next week he has a great chance of doing really well at Districts, and possibly making it to the State meet."
Sunnyside also captured second place in both the 200 (1:51.14) and 400 (4:17.65) freestyle relays.
Danny Negrete swam to a fourth-place finish for the Grizzlies in the 50 freestyle in 29.64, and did the same in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:09.54.
Sunnyside's Zile Wagner recorded a time of 2:17.08 to take fourth in the 200 freestyle. He was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:21.40.
"All of the guys did a wonderful job at the meet," Scott said.
The Grizzlies close out the regular season at Pullman this Saturday in preparation for the District meet Feb. 3-4 in Ellensburg.
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