RICHLAND - Erica Burmood led Wa-Hi here Saturday at the Tri-Cities Pentathlon girls invitational swimming meet.
The swimmers -- 170 individuals from 15 teams -- competed in five events. Each had to swim a 100-yard race in each of the four individual strokes -- butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, and backstroke -- plus a 200-yard individual medley.
Burmood placed third overall and turned in the fastest 100 butterfly of the meet. Burmood was only .06 seconds off a state qualifying time as she posted a meet-best 1:01.26 in the butterfly.
"She swam the Columbia River Crossing this morning," Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly. "That (100 butterfly) was a really good swim for this early and following the morning swim."
Tabitha Jones placed 10th overall, and two freshmen swimmers, Abby Crowley and Cheyenne Schoen, swam to 21st and 39th respectively.
"This is a tough meet," Daly said. "It's especially tough for first-year swimmers (Crowley and Schoen). They both had impressive swims. I'm proud of the way they swam today."
Sarah Fuller swam to a 44th, Aislynn Beckstrand finished 49th, and Dana Wardwell added a 51st for the Blue Devils.
Senior Annie Erickson, was held out of the 200 IM as a precaution to a recovering shoulder injury, hence she did not place in the overall standing, but Erickson turned in the fastest 100 backstroke time. Erickson missed a state qualifying time by .15 seconds, but swam a 1:02.85 to set the standard for the meet.
Wa-Hi travels to Moses Lake Thursday for a league dual meet with the Chiefs.