Sloley, Cheldelin shine in Red Raiders' win


Bellingham's boys' swim team outmatched Sedro-Woolley as the Red Raiders raced to a 131-47 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Fidalgo Pool.

Sedro-Woolley only had six swimmers racing and that is never a good sign of winning, Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said in a phone interview.

"When you're outnumbered like that, it's not fair," Anderson said.

Bellingham still used the opportunity to showcase its talent. Chad Cheldelin beat his best dive score by more than 26 points, improving from 126 to 152.2.

Martin Sloley was one second away from a state qualifying time in the 200 individual medley. He has the ability to get the qualifying time, it's just a matter of choosing to or not, Anderson said.

"He's the kind of guy that can swim almost any event," Anderson said. "So we're going to start narrowing it down and choose the best way to get ready for state."

Bellingham is back in the pool on Thursday, Jan. 23, to face Bellingham, Archbishop Murphy and Squalicum at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.


200 medley relay: Bellingham (Logan Dozal, Gabe Travers, Brisen Pearson, Martin Sloley) 1:54.41; 200 freestyle: Nick Turdgeon-Orbe (SW) 2:03.25; 200 individual medley: Martin Sloley (Bell) 2:13.11; 50 freestyle: Nick Turdgeon-Orbe (SW) 0:24.34; Diving: Chad Cheldelin (Bell) 152.20; 100 butterfly: Peter O'Bray (SW) 1:02.10; 100 freestyle: Christian Buhler (Bell) 0:56.78; 500 freestyle: Michael Leishman (Bell) 6:09.04; 200 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Brisen Pearson, Dalton Hanks, Christian Buhler, Logan Dozal) 1:46.10; 100 backstroke: Griffin Ellis (Bell) 1:13.05; 100 breaststroke: Eli Ninnemann (Bell) 1:17.29; 400 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Logan Dozal, Grant Hildreth, Griffin Ellis, Brisen Pearson) 3:58.16.

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