Bellingham’s boys’ swim team defeated Lynden 127-52 on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
The Red Raiders’ won 11 of the 12 events in the meet, only conceding the 100 backstroke to Lynden’s Michael Johnson, with a time of 1, minute, 3:24 seconds.
The Bellingham swimmers came away from the meet with 36 best times, Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said in a phone interview.
Bellingham’s Martin Sloley finished the meet winning four events, two individual and two relays. He also qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05:01, only two seconds slower than the school record.
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“Martin swam three out of the last four events,” Anderson said. “He rested a bit in the 500 freestyle and finished a second off the state qualifying time. He saved some energy to try and break the school record in the 100 breaststroke but still got the state qualifying time.”
Anderson praised his diving team as well in the match, all four of Bellingham’s divers had best scores in the meet. Andrew Twedt won the event with a score of 150.80 points.
“All four divers are improving nicely,” Anderson said.
Anderson also noted five Ferndale swimmers have a co-op with Bellingham, and were able to swim in all three relays for Ferndale for the first time ever.
Bellingham swims next against Archbishop-Murphy and Sedro-Woolley at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Lynden takes on Sedro-Woolley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Fidalgo Pool.
Bellingham 127, Lynden 52
200 medley relay: Bellingham (Logan Dozal, Mike Leischman, Brisen Pearson, Grant Hildreth) 1:54:71; 200 freestyle: Shea Mielke (Bellingham) 2:07:94; 200 individual medley: Brisen Pearson (School) 2:20:83; 50 freestyle: Logan Dozal (Bellingham) 00:25:06; Diving: Andrew Twedt (Bellingham) 150.80; 200 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Shea Mielke, Jack Aldrich, Dalton Hanks, Martin Sloley) 1:47:96; 100 butterfly: Brisen Pearson (Bellingham) 1:01:72; 100 freestyle: Mike Leischman (Bellingham) 00:57:19; 500 freestyle: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 5:16:44; 100 backstroke: Michael Johnson (Lynden) 1:03:24; 100 breaststroke: Martin Sloley (Bellingham) 1:05:01; 400 freestyle relay: Bellingham (Martin Sloley, Logan Dozal, Mike Leischman, Brisen Pearson) 3:56:31.