The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team finished its shortened 2021 season with a narrow victory over Brewster at the Bearacudas’ pool on July 29.
In their third and final competition of the summer, the Killer Whales boys’ and girls’ teams combined to score 339 points, while the home team finished with 323 points. The Brewster girls swam for 194 points to the Killer Whales’ girls 157. But the Methow Valley boys outdistanced the Bearacuda boys, 182-129, to give the visitors the edge in the final tally.
The Killer Whales captured 36 firsts out of the 88 events, but the team’s depth made the difference. The Methow Valley team took 33 seconds and 25 thirds, and swept eight events with 1-2-3 finishes.
The Methow Valley team spread the scoring around: 19 different swimmers had at least one first-place finish. The boys’ relay teams won six races; the girls’ relay teams won four.
The Killer Whales lost their practice site when the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp was closed for the summer because of air quality concerns. But the Bearacudas allowed the Methow team to practice in their pool the day before the July 29 meet.
Earlier this summer, the combined Killer Whales teams lost at Okanogan, and then lost in a meet at Omak.
Because of COVID restrictions, the Wagner Memorial Pool was closed all last summer, eliminating Killer Whales’ 2020 season.