Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson picked up his 200th career dual meet victory and the Red Raiders' boys' swim team picked up its first victory over crosstown rival Squalicum during the Northwest Conference era.
Team depth played a huge role for Bellingham in its 96-79 Northwest Conference win Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
"Bellingham swam great," Squalicum coach Randy Elsner said in a phone interview. "I think Jeff was more surprised than anyone that they won."
That was particularly true, considering the Red Raiders won only three events in Tuesday's dual, as Logan Dozal claimed wins in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 21.12 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:03.31) and Martin Sloley won the 500 freestyle (5:30.75).
Obviously, Bellingham's depth made the difference.
"We had a few swimmers out for various reasons, but Bellingham deserves all the credit," Elsner said. "I thought everybody who swam today really well."
Squalicum got nine district qualifying times in the meet and swept the relays. The Storm also got individual wins from Jonathan Hegeberg in the 200 freestyle (2:10.72) and Neal Koetje in the 50 freestyle (25.71 seconds) and 100 freestyle (56.45 seconds). Rylan Korby also won the diving competition with 176.15 points, but it did not factor into the overall score and wouldn't have changed the outcome, Elsner said.
Ferndale, which trains with Bellingham, also got a couple of event wins, as Louis Hunter won the 100 butterfly (1:03.7) and Jonathan Chang finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.37).
Both teams will next be at the Northwest Conference Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes.
BELLINGHAM 96, SQUALICUM 79
200 medley relay: Squalicum (Bobby Iverson, Jonathan Hegeberg, Rylan Korby, Lucas Roberts) 1:59.94; 200 freestyle: Jonathan Hegeberg (Squalicum) 2:10.72; 200 individual medley: Logan Dozal (Bellingham) 2:21.12; 50 freestyle: Neall Koetje (Squalicum) 25.71; Diving: Rylan Korby (Squalicum) 176.15; 100 butterfly: Louis Hunter (Ferndale) 1:03.7; 100 freestyle: Neal Koetje (Squalicum) 56.45; 500 freestyle: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 5:30.75; 200 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Neal Koetje, Brandon Weeda, Rylan Korby, Andi DeKoster) 1:54.51; 100 backstroke: Logan Dozal (Bellingham) 1:03.31; 100 breaststroke: Jonathan Chang (Ferndale) 1:07.37; 400 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Andi DeKoster, Jonathan Hegeberg, Bobby Iverson, Neal Koetje) 4:05.01.