YAKIMA – It wasn’t a lack of effort – far from it – that sunk the Sunnyside High School boys swim team at yesterday’s four-school Big Nine League meet at Yakima’s Lions Pool.
With just four swimmers at its disposal, Sunnyside suffered from a lack of numbers. Hence, the Grizzlies sustained lopsided 108-38, 105-40 and 100-54 losses to Davis, Eisenhower and Eastmont, respectively. The Grizzlies were not able to field swimmers in four of the 12 events, and in one other - the 100-yard butterfly - Sunnyside’s lone competitor was DQ’d.
As skewed as the team point totals were, the Grizzlies found a great deal of success at Thursday’s competition.
The crowning moment of the day for Sunnyside came in the 100-yard freestyle. Ricardo Perez easily brushed aside all comers, racing to the final wall in a time of 57.65 seconds. Eastmont’s Ismael Murillo (1:01.13) and Eisenhower’s Sam Hert (1:01.27) were well back with the second and third fastest times yesterday.
The Sunnyside quartet of Perez, Mathew Marquez, Fox Rodriguez and Adrian Moreno also made a big splash in the 200-yard freestyle and medley relay competitions.
In the 200 medley relay, the Grizzlies posted a time of 1:54.00, nine-tenths of a second quicker than Ike’s best squad and nearly six seconds faster than the top squad from Eastmont. A foursome from Davis put up the best time on the day, a clocking of 1:51.58.
The Davis Pirates also had the fastest time yesterday in the 200 free relay, a clocking of 1:42.28. Marquez, Moreno, Perez and Rodriguez clocked in at 1:46.99, however, to best the 1:57.98 and 2:08.50 clockings of Ike and Eastmont.
Rodriguez excelled for Sunnyside, too, in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke.
In the 50-free, he sprinted to a time of 25.68 seconds. The only swimmer to best his time was Bureimoa Binauea of Davis, who clipped Rodriguez by eight, one-hundredths of a second. Edward Uribe had the fastest 50-free time for the Cadets (27.60), while Cameron Brunner’s 31.00 clocking was the best Eastmont could muster.
In the 100-breast, Rodriguez swam to a time of 1:12.94, which gave the Grizzlies the win in the heads-up matches against Davis and Eastmont. Ike’s Cole Gilmore had the top time on the day, though, with a clocking of 1:08.75.
The SHS boys swim team is scheduled to return to Big Nine League action on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Moses Lake.