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Chiefs leave S'side boys in their wake

MOSES LAKE - The best Sunnyside could muster up yesterday against the Moses Lake boys swim team was a second-place finish in one of the relay events.

The host Chiefs won all 12 races staged in Moses Lake's pool enroute to claiming a 148-28 victory. The Grizzly swimmers fell to 0-2 on the season with Thursday's loss.

In all fairness, Sunnyside only has seven swimmers at its disposal. That resulted in the Grizzlies not having any entries for three of the 12 events. Moses Lake, on the other hand, shoved wave after wave of swimmers to the starting blocks.

The one second-place finish the Sunnyside club garnered came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of Alex Perez, Christopher Martin, Matthew Marquez and Fox Rodriguez edged Moses Lake's No. 2 squad by 1.07 seconds for the runner-up finish, clocking a time of 1:50.24. The Chiefs' No. 1 squad set the winning time of 1:39.08.

Of the four third-place finishes Sunnyside settled for yesterday, the Grizzlies were most competitive in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 50-free, Martin raced to a clocking of 26.12 seconds for Sunnyside. His time was two-thirds of a second back of the runner-up, Madison Moliter (25.46). The winner for Moses Lake was Kaelan Connacher in a time of 23.62.

Perez recorded the third best clocking in the 100-breast, touching the finishing wall in 1:14.40. The Grizzly was only bested by Moses Lake's Nicholas Osborne (1:10.74) and Jacob Price (1:10.81).

Yesterday the Moses Lake team also took on Eisenhower and Davis, winning those two match-ups in as dominant fashion as the Chiefs did against Sunnyside. The final scores for Moses Lake against Ike and Davis were 149-32 and 135-47, respectively.

The SHS boys swim team will be out of action until Thursday, Jan. 3. That meet will be held at Yakima's Lions Pool, with both Eisenhower and Wenatchee scheduled to be there.

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