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Perez earns bragging rights at class 3A District swim meet

KELSO - Sunnyside High School's Alex Perez showed Sunnyside pride, giving it his all at last Saturday's 3A District IV/V Swim/Dive Championship meet.

This Sunnyside swimmer earned lifetime bests in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.55) and 100-yard freestyle (54.87) races during the District tournament held at Kelso High School.

He earned top finishes in his races on Friday afternoon, earning him a ticket to Saturday's finals, and a chance at championship honors.

Perez tagged the end of the pool during the 100-yard freestyle race in 55.26 during the finals race on Saturday for a ninth-place finish. He also finished with a time of 1:13.11 in the finals race of the 100-yard breaststroke for an eighth-place finish.

Although Sunnyside's Adrian Moreno didn't earn a top-12 finish, he did, however, knock off 20 seconds from his PR in his 500-yard freestyle effort Friday afternoon. Moreno clocked a time of approximately 7:04. Coach Carl Scott says this was by far, Moreno's lifetime best clocking.

Scott says Moreno also came close to a lifetime best in the 50-yard freestyle race. He qualified for the competition with a time of 27.08 and nearly beat that, tagging the end of the pool in 27.09.

Sunnyside High School finished last at the District tourney among eight teams, with nine team points.

Coming out on top on the day was Hanford High School with a team a score of 396. That's more than 100 points better than the second-place team, Mountain View High School, with a team score of 239.

Swimmers who notched the top two spots at Regionals advanced to State.

Though Moreno and Perez aren't advancing to the State swim meet, Scott says the two performed the best they've ever have in the pool at Regionals. Going out with a bang is what these Grizzlies accomplished, Scott says.

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