The Squalicum boys' swimming team barely squeaked out a win over Bellingham, 94-92 on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
The event was tied heading into the 400 freestyle relay, but Squalicum won the final event. It was Squalicum's sweep of the three relays that was the difference in the match, Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said in a phone interview.
"It was back and forth," Anderson said. "It was really exciting, but probably more exciting for Squalicum."
Two of the relays were decided by inches. The 200 medley relay was decided by 0.07 seconds and the 200 freestyle relay by 0.10 seconds.
"That's the length of a hand or forearm," Anderson said. "It was really close."
Squalicum's Rowan King also recorded two automatic state qualifying times - one in the 200 individual medley and the other in the 100 breastroke.
Both teams swim next in the NWC Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Fidalgo Pool.
SQUALICUM 94, BELLINGHAM 92
200 medley relay: Squalicum (Rowan King, Nathan Kamkoff, Bobby Iverson, Lucas Roberts) 1:55.11; 200 freestyle: Jonathan Hegeberg (Squalicum) 2:06.22; 200 individual medley: Rowan King (Squalicum) 2:11.41; 50 freestyle: Brisen Pearson (Bellingham) 00:24.44; Diving: Chad Chedelin (Bellingham) 115.80; 100 butterfly: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 1:00.80; 100 freestyle: Neall Koetje (Squalicum) 00:55.20; 500 freestyle: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 5:20.05; 200 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Neall Koetje, Nathan Kamkoff, Lucas Roberts, Andi DeKoster) 1:42.27; 100 backstroke: Logan Dozal (Bellingham) 1:04.45; 100 breaststroke: Rowan King (Squalicum) 1:06.45; 400 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Neall Koetje, Andi DeKoster, Jonathan Hegeberg, Rowan King) 3:41.92.