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Sunnyside's Knee 100-freestyle winner

YAKIMA - Sunnyside High School's Katie Knee brought home the top finish for the Lady Grizzly swimmers from yesterday's three-team meet at Yakima's Lions pool.

Competing against the West Valley Rams and the Kamiakin Braves, Knee scored a first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle race. She toured the pool in a time of 1:01.80, more than nine-tenth's of a second quicker than runner-up Danielle LaRiviere of West Valley.

Knee also managed a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke race, clocking a 1:13.52. The winner, West Valley's Nikki Cleary, touched the finishing wall in 1:08.85.

Team-wise Thursday afternoon, the Sunnyside swimmers came up on the short end of 125-33 and 116-48 scores to West Valley and Kamiakin, respectively.

In addition to Knee finding success yesterday, Sunnyside's Kaitlyn Broersma enjoyed a relatively strong outing with two second place finishes. Broersma was the 50-yard freestyle runner-up, clocking a time of 30.06 seconds. The winning time of 27.95 seconds was turned in by West Valley's LaRiviere. Broersma was second to West Valley's Chezla Cadwell in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:23.07 to Cadwell's time of 1:20.68.

In Thursday's relay competitions, Sunnyside's best performance came in the 400-yard freestyle event. The Lady Grizzly foursome of Broersma, Knee, Megan Schlenker and Megan Razey combined for a time of 4:39.15, good for third place honors. West Valley's 'A' and 'B' squads finished first and second in the race, with clockings of 4:11.06 and 4:24.62.

Nabbing a third place individual finish for the Lady Grizzlies was Kristen Wedam. She swam to a 3:21.80 clocking in the 200-yard individual medley. Nikki Cleary of West Valley won the race in a time of 2:29.16. Cleary's teammate, Cadwell, was second (2:35.90).

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