Red Raiders win close races to defeat Lions


Bellingham's boys swim team won several close races on its way to defeating Lynden 104-65 on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Lynden YMCA.

The Red Raiders won all three relays and keyed in on victory.

For the Lions, Robbie Knapp was the lone event winner with his 25.2-second 50 freestyle.

"It was a good meet," coach Steve Gibb said in a phone interview. "The score doesn't show it but we gave them a good meet. We tried very hard, we were just on the short end of a lot of close races."

Blaine's Ken Rouse posted the best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, but Gibb said it's more of an exhibition for the few Blaine swimmers that compete with Lynden. Rouse has already qualified for state in multiple events.

This is both teams last meet before break. They will resume swimming in January.


200 medley relay: Bellingham (Logan Dozal, Gabe Travers, Martin Sloley, Brisen Pearson) 1:55.8; 200 freestyle: Shea Mielke (Bell) 2:09.6; 200 individual medley: Brisen Pearson (Bell) 2:24.6; 50 freestyle: Robbie Knapp (Lynden) 0:25.2; 100 butterfly: Siehle (Bell) 1:00.9; 100 freestyle: Christian Buhler (Bell) :57.7; 500 freestyle: Shea Mielke (Bell) 5:45.3; 200 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Brisen Pearson, Christian Buhler, Logan Dozal, Siehle) 1:43.0; 100 backstroke: Logan Dozal (Bell) 1:04.2; 100 breaststroke: Gabe Travers (Bell) 1:13.1; 400 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Brisen Pearson, Christian Buhler, Logan Dozal, Siehle) 3:50.5.

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