With the boys’ swimming season starting up Friday, Dec. 5, here a five dual meets throughout the year to pay attention to.
Sedro-Woolley and Archbishop Murphy at Bellingham (Dec. 18 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) - The Red Raiders topped a three-team meet last season that consisted of Archbishop Murphy and Squalicum. Sedro-Woolley is no Squalicum but these two meets on the same night should prove to be a good gauge to see where Bellingham is at to begin the season.
Bellingham at Squalicum (Jan. 15 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) - Anytime a city school faces off against another city school, it’s going to be a good meet. This contest kicks off the city matchups, which sees all three take place over the course of two weeks. Last year, Bellingham lost the early-season meet to the Storm.
Lynden at Bellingham (Jan. 16 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) - This matchup last year went in favor of Bellingham handily and the Lions are still fairly young this year but expect this one to be competitive.
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Bellingham at Sehome (Jan. 22 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) - Sehome squeaked by with a one-point victory last season, as the Red Raiders threatened Sehome’s dual meet win streak. This should be another competitive battle in January.
Squalicum at Sehome (Jan. 27 at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center) - Just a few weeks after the Mariners pulled out a win against the Red Raiders, the Storm pushed Sehome to the limits again last season. The Mariners won a tight one-point contest, but Squalicum showed its strength. This matchup is only five days after the Red Raiders are likely to challenge Sehome and it signals the end of the city contests for the 2014-15 season.