The Sehome boys' swim team came back from a lot of hard work during the holiday break to score a 132-48 Northwest Conference dual-meet victory over Bellingham on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
"We were pleased that in addition to getting in some hard work, we got some pretty good swims," Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. ... There were some good close races. I don't think the score was as indicative of how close the competition was between the two schools. It was a lot of fun."
In addition to sweeping the relays, Sehome got two wins from Andy Small in the 200 freestyle (state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 51.72 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:20.88). Curran Wilbour also was a double winner in the 200 individual medley (2:17.04) and 100 freestyle (55.63). Despite battling injury, Patrick Gregory won the 50 freestyle in 25.02 seconds and was a part of all three relays, while Helling was impressed by Rocky Rantz's win in diving with a score of 130.00 points.
Gabe Travers picked up the only win for Bellingham in a competitive 100 breaststroke with his time of 1:15.35. Travers also broke 1:10 in the 100 butterfly for the first time.
"He had a pretty good day," Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said in a phone interview.
In all, the Red Raiders had 32 best times, including four by Ricky Burgos.
"They did a good job beating us, but we did well swimming," Anderson said.
Ferndale's Johnny Chang would have won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.51) and finished second in the 100 butterfly (1:01.69) if he weren't swimming exhibitions in the events.
With the exception of the Northwest District diving competition on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Anacortes, the next time Sehome will compete in the pool will be Jan. 12 at the Kentridge Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center. Bellingham has an NWC dual at Anacortes on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
SEHOME 132, BELLINGHAM 48
200 medley relay: Sehome (Will Hutchinson, Patrick Gregory, Isaiah Grambo, Curran Wilbour) 1:51.62; 200 freestyle: Andy Small (Sehome) 1:51.72; 200 individual medley: Curran Wilbour (Sehome) 2:17.04; 50 freestyle: Patrick Gregory (Sehome) 25.02; Diving: Rocky Rantz (Sehome) 130.00; 100 butterfly: Isaiah Grambo (Sehome) 58.91; 100 freestyle: Curran Wilbour (Sehome) 55.63; 500 freestyle: Andy Small (Sehome) 5:20.88; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Curran Wilbour, Patrick Gregory, Josh Larson, Andy Small) 1:40.58; 100 backstroke: Will Hutchinson (Sehome) 1:03.51; 100 breaststroke: Gabe Travers (Bellingham) 1:15.35; 400 freestyle relay: Sehome (Patrick Gregory, Will Hutchinson, Andy Small, Isaiah Grambo) 3:44.56.