It was another tough week for the Bonney Lake boys swim team as the Panthers dropped a pair of meets this past week to Lakes and Enumclaw.
First up was Lakes, who bested the Panthers 105-76 on Dec. 12. It is the closest the Panthers gave come to beating the Lancers during his tenure, coach Jay Paulsen said in an email.
“A couple of (disqualifications) kept us at arm’s reach, but it’s going to happen,” Paulsen said in an email.
There was good news for the Panthers, however, as Josh Weaver set a new varsity record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the race at the wall.
In addition, Dom Leiggi qualified for districts in the 50-yard freestyle with his best time of the year and Cameron Gehrke qualified for districts in the 200 individual medley.
Diver Scott Jackson also won his event.
On Thursday, the Panthers went up against a tough Enumclaw team and the powerful Hornets proved to be too much for them, besting the Panthers 139-47.
But again, it wasn’t all bad for Bonney Lake, however, as Leiggi won the 50-yard freestyle for the Panthers, despite what Paulsen characterized as a “terrible start,” and Weaver won the 100 breaststroke.
Additionally, Cameron Gehrke posted another district qualifying time in the 200 individual medley and just missed qualifying in the 100 butterfly by about a half-second.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team also just missed qualifying for districts by 0.08 seconds and Paulsen is sure they will get it in the team’s next meet.
Paulsen said his team is dealing with illness and a few academic issues at the moment, but he has been impressed with the way new team members have “stepped up,” including Skylar Livingston, Enrique Saenez, Kyle Jones and Ryan McGraw.
The Panthers next meet is Tuesday against Decatur at the Sumner pool.