YAKIMA - With just a handful of girls on this year's swim team, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies gave a good accounting of themselves at last Saturday's Yakima Valley Championships, staged at Lions Pool in Yakima.
The meet drew nine teams. Sunnyside placed fifth with an aggregate total of 105 points. The West Valley Rams topped the competition with a meet-best 235 points. Also placing ahead of Sunnyside were Eisenhower and Selah with 177 and 176 points, respectively, as well as Ellensburg with 157 points. Finishing behind the Lady Grizzlies in the team scoring race were Wapato (63), Zillah (24), Davis (17) and Naches (11).
From the 12 competitions staged last Saturday, Sunnyside laid claim to victory in one of them. Lady Grizzly Marisa Broersma brought home the one first-place finish, that coming in the 200-yard individual medley. She easily bested the competition, setting a winning time of 2:21.04. The next closest finisher hit the wall in a time of 2:33.25.
Broersma nearly pulled off a two-win day with a strong performance in the 100-yard breaststroke. She posted a second best clocking of 1:11.90, just seven-tenths of a second behind the winning time recorded by Ellensburg's Taylor Wilson.
In the same event, Sunnyside's Kalie Bestebreur swam to a clocking of 1:26.41, fourth best from the 10-swimmer field.
The Lady Grizzlies also picked up runner-up points in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which drew squads from all nine competing schools. The foursome of Broersma, Bestebreur, Lindsay Schilperoort and Payton Sample set a time of 4:19.01. That was only bested by the clocking of 3:56.93, set by a team from West Valley.
The next highest finish on the day for Sunnyside came in the 200-yard medley relay. The same four girls who were second in the 400-freestyle relay placed third in the shorter relay event. They clocked a time of 2:08.26. The runner-up squad from Ellensburg finished an eye blink ahead of them at 2:08.13, while the winning team from Eisenhower had a clocking of 2:07.76.
Also earning team points for Sunnyside last Saturday were Sample, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly; Bestebreur, seventh in the 50-yard freestyle; and Schilperoort, sixth in the 100-yard backstroke and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle.