The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team entertained the Okanogan Bullfrogs last Tuesday (July 19) at Wagner Memorial Pool and came away with another sweep as they get ready for the upcoming league championships this Saturday (July 30) at the Eastside Pool in Omak.
Methow Valley outscored Okanogan 167-103 in the boys’ division and 224-74 in the girls’ races for a combined winning score of 391-177.
Head coach Katie Leuthauser was pleased with the team’s overall progress so far this season. “It was a great meet for us,” she said. “Lots of personal records and really great effort. The crowd was loud and enthusiastic. Yeah, it was a fun evening.”
It was the final home meet of 2022 for the local swim club, so they took time to honor longtime Killer Whale Amelia Bondi as she stepped up for her final competitive swim at home in the third leg of the girls’ U18 200-yard freestyle relay. Bondi swam a very strong leg, helping her team to a 6-second victory over their Bullfrog competitors. She also took the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard team medley relay and had a pair of third-place finishes in individual events.
In the boys’ division, 15-year-old Chicane Ashford took home four first-place finishes for the home team, grabbing top honors in the 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.
For the girls, 16-year-old Lillian Overbeck also recorded four victorious efforts in the 15-18-year -old division: 50-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.
Remaining on the schedule are two trips to Omak, the first on Tuesday (July 26), after press time, for an evening dual meet, then Saturday’s league championships, which get underway at 8:30 a.m. with warmups. Expect events to begin around 9 a.m.