WENATCHEE — It took countless hours of cleaning, but the Wenatchee girls swim and dive team was finally back in its formerly smoke-infested pool on Thursday afternoon.
It appeared the Panthers hadn’t missed a beat, either.
In their first home meet since Sept. 8, the Panthers scored wins over Eisenhower (132-52), Davis (147-30) and Sunnyside.
Wenatchee coach James Elwyn said the Panthers benefitted from a more traditional week of practice.
“This week has had more normalcy,” he said. “(The pool) is clear now, and before it wasn’t. We had it for about 10 days where it smelled like a wet ash tray.”
Still, the Panthers were drained from running in extra dry-land practices during the ongoing Wenatchee air quality issue.
“A lot of the girls’ legs are just shot, which makes it hard to sprint. But in spite of that we had a lot of great swims,” Elwyn said.
Wenatchee won seven individual events in the meet, with senior Cass Peterson leading the way. Peterson won the 50 freestyle in 26.98 seconds, the 100 freestyle in 1:00.12, and swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays for the Panthers.
Peterson edged her freshman sister, Tori, in the 50 freestyle by just 0.7 seconds.
“It was the first time we’ve had the sister rivalry in the same event, and they both responded with season-best times,” Elwyn said.
Randi Roberts won the diving event for Wenatchee with 147.35 points, and Katherine Robinson added a 100 breaststroke win in 1:16.47.
Eisenhower pushed Wenatchee’s top-line swimmers, winning three events.
“Eisenhower is a pretty strong team. They have a lot of great swimmers, and it made for a lot of great races,” Elwyn said.
Sunnyside did not score against the Panthers, as it brought just six athletes on the trip.
Chelan 3, Tonasket 0
Goats coach Donene Hendricks said her team’s serving put it over the top in its fifth win of the season.
Abby Phelps of Chelan went 23-for-23 serving with six aces.
Bridgeport 3, Liberty Bell 0
Big serving runs in every set helped Bridgeport beat visiting Liberty Bell in its first league match.
“Our serving kept them off balance,” Fillies coach Calvin Stark said. “That made it tough for their offense to put pressure on us.”
Bridgeport senior Anita Velazquez went 15-for-15 serving with four aces.
“(Velazquez) was pretty consistent through the whole match,” Stark said.
Manson 3, Lake Roosevelt 2
Manson hosted Lake Roosevelt and won in five sets. After winning the first set, the Trojans lost the next two 22-25 and 26-28.
“Both teams were great,” Manson coach Casey Zander said. “My girls kept with it and kept them on their toes.”
Bridgeport 6, Oroville 0
Deycy Monje-Lopez scored twice to lead the Fillies to the six-goal win over the Hornets. Sarah Rios and Jenny Salazar each made two saves in goal in the shutout.