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Perez has big day for SHS Grizzlies at four-school meet

Boys Prep Swimming

Sunnyside’s Mathew Marquez swims to a 1:09.28 clocking in the 100-yard backstroke at yesterday’s four-school Big Nine League meet in Yakima. In the heads-up competition against Eisenhower, Marquez notched a first-place finish in the race.

Sunnyside’s Mathew Marquez swims to a 1:09.28 clocking in the 100-yard backstroke at yesterday’s four-school Big Nine League meet in Yakima. In the heads-up competition against Eisenhower, Marquez notched a first-place finish in the race. Photo by Jennie McGhan.

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YAKIMA – Ricardo Perez of Sunnyside turned in a whale of an effort at a Columbia Basin Big Nine League boys swim meet yesterday at Yakima’s Lions Pool.

Perez notched wins against both Eisenhower and Davis in the 50-yard freestyle. He also swam to victory in the 100-yard butterfly in the match-up against Ike.

Perez, too, teamed with Adrian Moreno, Mathew Marquez and Carlos Lopez for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay in the head-to-head competitions against Davis and Ike.

The fourth team at Thursday’s Big Nine League meet, the Moses Lake Chiefs, kept the Sunnyside Grizzlies out of the winner’s circle in all 12 events.

Team-wise, with only four swimmers at its disposal, Sunnyside came up on the short end of the stick from a scoring standpoint. Ike bested the Grizzlies 93-48, Davis scored a 125-34 decision against Sunnyside and Moses Lake topped the SHS boys 122-27.

In winning the 50-free against the Cadets and the Pirates, Perez raced to a clocking of 24.41 seconds. Marquez grabbed the No. 2 finish for Sunnyside in those two match-ups with a time of 25.41.

Against Moses Lake in the 50-free, however, Perez had to settle for third-place honors. The Chiefs’ Madeson Molitor and Eric Connacher placed first and second, respectively, with times of 23.44 and 24.03.

In the 100-butterfly, Perez’s clocking of 1:01.68 got him a victory against Ike. The Cadets’ Ryan Boggess claimed runner-up honors in a time of 1:03.40.

In the same race against Davis and Moses Lake, Perez’s time of 1:01.68 was second best in both match-ups. The Pirates’ Zachary Zantek swam to a clocking of 58.73 seconds, and the Chiefs’ Brendan Eslick recorded a time of 57.71.

The Sunnyside quartet of Perez, Moreno, Marquez and Lopez clocked a time of 1:48.81 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The squad from Ike posted a time of 2:02.45, while Davis managed a clocking of 1:55.49. Moses Lake’s 200-free relay team had the best time on the day, a clocking of 1:39.48.

Sunnyside had two other first-place finishes on the day, as well.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Moreno ripped off a time of 1:02.15, which was 8.33 seconds quicker than the best time Eisenhower could muster from the three swimmers it had in the water. The Pirates’ Bureimoa Binauea clocked a time of 56.59 seconds, and Moses Lake’s Molitor finished in 52.81 seconds.

Marquez grabbed the last first-place finish for the Grizzlies, against Ike in the 100-yard backstroke. He raced to a clocking of 1:09.28. The Cadets’ Frank Serano was well back in second place in a time of 1:15.09. In the 100-back match-ups against Davis and Moses Lake, Marquez finished third in both of them. Andrew Sader of Davis had the Pirates’ best time (1:00.12), while Eslick led the Chiefs with a clocking of 58.70 seconds.

Sunnyside has one competition remaining before postseason action begins, that being the Yakima Valley Championships on Feb. 1.

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