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Sunnyside swimmers earn top honors in five events

EAST WENATCHEE – In spite of a 117-52 loss, the Grizzly swim team wasn’t as overpowered as the score might reflect.

Sunnyside competed in nine-of-12 events against Eastmont yesterday, garnering five first-place finishes.

The 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of Mathew Marquez, Fox Rodriguez, Ricardo Perez and Adrian Moreno, tagged the end of the pool before any of Eastmont’s three teams. The Grizzlies clocked a time of 1:58.70. The runner-up team was three-tenths of a second behind.

Perez, Marquez and Moreno earned first through third-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Perez tagged the end of the pool in 25.44. Marquez finished the race in 26.66 and Moreno clocked a time of 27.49.

Moreno bested the field in the 100-freestyle, clocking 1:03.21. His closest competitor, Wildcat Teyler Valle, disqualified after tagging the end of the pool in 1:03.28. With the disqualification, that gave Eastmont’s Tim Renggli (1:15.21) runner-up honors.

In the 200-freestyle relay, the Sunnyside quartet that won the medley relay race bested the Wildcats again. The Grizzlies tagged the end of the pool for top honors with a time of 1:46.75. Eastmont’s Cameron Rush, K.J. Peterson, Cameron Brunner and Chase Peterson earned runner-up honors in 1:58.57.

Rodriguez was the first to complete the 100-yard breaststroke for Sunnyside. He completed four laps in the 25-yard pool in 1:08.94. The second-place time, posted by Eastmont’s Tommy Marquis, was 1:18.23.

The Grizzlies also competed in the 200 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, the 100 ‘fly and the 100 back.

Marquez earned runner-up honors in the 100 backstroke, clocking 1:10.06. He was just more than three seconds behind Micah Hartmann of the Wildcats.

Rodriguez earned third-place honors in the IM and Perez tagged the end of the pool for third place in the fly.

Sunnyside will compete at Lions Pool in a meet with Moses Lake, Davis and Ike on Thursday, Jan. 23.

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