PREP SWIMMING — Klem shines at Walla Walla Pentathlon

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi junior Jonathon Klem placed third overall Saturday during the Walla Walla Pentathlon swim meet at Whitman College's Harvey Pool.

Richland finished first among the four schools participating with 99 points, led by individual champion Tyler Pickett's overall mark of 5:56.84.

Pullman was second in the team standings with 54 points. Hanford and Wa-Hi followed with 48 and 32 points, respectively.

Klem finished with a combined time of 6:05.51 for five events - the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

"Jonathon had personal bests in three of the five events (100 back (59.09), 100 breast (1:06.35) and 100 free (53.14))," Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly said. "He's off to a strong start this season. His time in the 100 back is just 1.4 seconds off a state qualifying time. It's not an event we consider him to be strong in, but that's a very good time."

The next highest Blue Devil finisher was Austin Garrett, who placed 13th in 6:34.25.

"Another junior," Daly said. "He (had personal records) in every event (with) substantial improvements."

Wa-Hi's Patrick Giedeman was 17th in 6:40.88.

"He's a freshman," Daly said. "He's been swimming with the club team for years. He's going to be a strong addition to the team this year."

Daly also praised Josh Bumgarner and Gabe Anderson, who ended up 28th (7:12.33) and 32nd (7:46.67), respectively.

"Both had (personal records) in every event," Daly said.

Wa-Hi's next meet is Thursday at Moses Lake.

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