WENATCHEE - With only three Sunnyside swimmers making the trek to Wenatchee yesterday, the host Panthers scratched out an easy 142-16 victory against the visiting Grizzlies.
Despite the lopsided team loss, Sunnyside's Alex Perez returned home with a pair of victories. He surfaced with the best times in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races.
In the shorter of the two sprints, Perez raced to a clocking of 25.93 seconds. He edged the runner-up, Wenatchee's Garrett Christensen, by slightly more than a tenth of a second. Christensen's official clocking was 26.05. Panther teammate Blake Ansley recorded a 26.77 clocking for third-place honors in the 50-free.
Sunnyside's two other swimmers at yesterday's meet also competed in the 50-free. Adrian Moreno finished in fifth place from the six-swimmer field in a time of 28.17, and Grizzly Carlos Lopez was sixth (33.05).
Perez's victory in the 100-yard free was a runaway. He churned the length of a football field in 57.03 seconds. Wenatchee's Jack Van Well finished a distant second with a clocking of 59.37.
Lopez also represented the Grizzlies in the 100-free, but brought up the rear in fifth place in a time of 1:16.60.
The one other event the Grizzlies elected to compete in Thursday was the 500-yard freestyle. Moreno went up against three Panthers in that race, and settled for the fourth-place finish by recording a time of 7:25.34. The three Wenatchee swimmers' times ranged from 5:23.66 to 6:04.89.
Wenatchee picked up the remainder of the team points by filling all the allotted slots in the nine other events.
The Sunnyside High School boys swim team is scheduled to compete at the Yakima Valley Championships this coming Saturday, Jan. 26, at Yakima's Lions Pool.