Bellingham boys' swimming wins talent-filled meet

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 24, 2014 

BELLINGHAM 237, SQUALICUM 224, ARCHBISHOP MURPHY 161

The Red Raiders boys' swimming team displayed its depth and got a big performance from Martin Sloley, as Bellingham scored 237 points and topped both Squalicum and defending state champion Archbishop Murphy during a tri-team dual Thursday, Jan. 23, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.

The Storm took second with 224 points and Archbishop finished third with 161 points despite winning six of the 12 events.

"It was three top-10 teams duking it out in one pool," Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said. "It was a lot of fun."

Sloley twice competed in back-to-back races and won the 200 free in a time of 2 minutes, 0.05 seconds and won the 500 free in 5:19.46. Bellingham's team of Logan Dozal, Gabe Travers, Brisen Pearson and Sloley won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.42.

Bellingham built a 177-154 lead with four events to go and had just enough team depth to hold off Squalicum, which won the final two events.

BELLINGHAM 237, SQUALICUM 224, ATM 161

200 medley relay: Bellingham (Logan Dozal, Gabe Travers, Brisen Pearson, Martin Sloley) 1:50.42; 200 freestyle: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 2:00.05; 200 individual medley: Stephen Boden (ATM) 2:07.16; 50 freestyle: Austin Barnard (ATM) 23.85; Diving: Elliott Ford (ATM) 192.65; 100 butterfly: Stephen Boden (ATM) 58.07; 100 freestyle: Neall Koetje (Squalicum) 54.13; 500 freestyle: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 5:19.46; 200 freestyle relay: ATM (Anthony Mikhail, Austin Barnard, Bryce Lewis-Smith, Stephen Boden) 1:37.99; 100 backstroke: Austin Barnard (ATM) 57.87; 100 breaststroke: Rowan King (Squalicum) 1:08.15; 400 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Hans Kogan, Jonathan Hegeberg, Neall Koetje, Rowan King) 3:51.43.

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