PREP SWIMMING Blue Devil boys have strong outings in swim loss to Chiefs

Jonathon Klem and Patrick Giedeman record first-place finishes in the 111-67 loss to Moses Lake.

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MOSES LAKE - Wa-Hi's boys swimming team opened its season with several strong performances in a 111-67 defeat at the hands of Moses Lake here Thursday.

The Blue Devils were led by a pair of first-place finishes by Jonathon Klem, who took the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly (57.05) and 100-yard backstroke (59.96).

"Klem is very focused on making it to state in the butterfly, and if he can shave another second and a half off his time then he will be there," said Wa-Hi head coach Brad Daly. "He was outstanding in his performance."

Patrick Giedeman also scored a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and placed second in the 200-yard IM with a personal best time of 2:16.55.

"That was a heck of a race from Patrick," Daly said. "It's not every day that you see a guy PR by six seconds."

Improvement was the theme of the day for the Blue Devils. Josh Bumgarner cut 20 seconds off his time from last year to place second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:15.05.

Austin Garrett also snagged a victory in the 100-yard freestyle touching the wall at 53.05, and he anchored a 400-yard free team that included Klem, Giedeman and Max Troin, who pulled in a pair of third place finishes, that took home a victory in 3:41.87.

"Garrett was a great anchor for us," Daly said. "He really knew how to bring everything home."

As for being at home, the Blue Devils return to Walla Walla for a meet against LaGrande and Pendleton in their next meet Thursday.

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