Wa-Hi hands out swim awards

Merrick Calder wins the Most Valuable honor at the awards Wednesday night.

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi senior Merrick Calder received the Most Valuable award at the boys swim team's awards night Wednesday.

Other award winners included sophomore Max Troin, Most Improved; freshman Zach Staudenmaier, Most Promising; and senior Will Bergstrom, Most Inspirational.

Calder and Bergstrom received Team Captain awards.

Bergstrom also received the Senior Scholar-Athlete award.

Bergstrom and Calder received Four-Year Varsity Award letters.

Paul Jones, Bret Reller and Mike Storms received senior letters.

Juniors receiving letters were Sawyer Neiffer, Matt Wilwand and Hazem Zater.

Sophomores receiving letters were Gabe Anderson, Jesse Anderson, Austin Garrett, Michael Jones, Jonathon Klem, Max Troin and Sam Wright.

Freshman letters went to Josh Baumgarner and Zach Staudenmaier.

The following earned all-conference certificates: Calder, first team, 100 breaststroke; Klem, honorable mention, 200 individual medley; Bergstrom, Calder, Klem and Garrett, honorable mention, 200 medley relay.

Calder earned a trip to state and placed 20th in the state championships.

The 200 medley relay team of Bergstrom, Calder, Klem and Garrett also competed at state and placed 20th.

Calder's 100 breaststroke time of 1:02.08 set a new school record. It broke Carl Jones' record of 1:03.87 set in 2006.

The Blue Devils went 3-5 in the Big Nine Conference, for sixth place, up one place from last season.

Wa-Hi placed fifth in the district championship event and had a 5-5 record overall.

"We had a small freshman class on the team this year," Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly said. "And the future of the team depends getting kids to turn out.

"I encourage kids to turn out and help make the team stronger," Daly said.

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