Wa-Hi swimmers open the Big Nine with a pair of losses

Hanford and Richland take Big Nine victories from the Blue Devils Tuesday evening.

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WALLA WALLA — The Wa-Hi boys swim team suffered a pair loses at a Big Nine Conference meet at Harvey Pool at Whitman College on Tuesday.

The scores were Hanford 100, Wa-Hi 70 and Richland 124, Wa-Hi 45.

Wa-Hi’s Jonathan Klem placed first against Hanford in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.15

Against the Falcons, the Blue Devils also placed first in the 200 medley relay at 1:52.69, with Will Bergstrom, Merrick Calder, Jonathan Klem and Austin Garrett; and first in the 200 relay with a time of 1:45.45 with Klem, Calder, Gabe Anderson and Bergstrom.

Wa-Hi’s individual-event second-place finishers against Hanford included Bergstrom (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle)), Garrett (50 freestyle), Klem (100 butterfly), Calder (100 breaststroke).

The Blue Devils had no first-place finishes against the Bombers.

"This was our first conference meet of the season, so we are 0-2 in the conference and 2-2 overall," Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly said. "A few new guys are swimming well, and they had good performances on Tuesday. Junior Sawyer Neiffer is out for the first time, and he’s dropping a lot of time

"Freshmen Zach Staudenmaier and Josh Bumgarner also had good swims," Daly continued. "And so did sophomores Gabe Anderson, Max Troin and Jesse Anderson.

"Anderson had a great swim in the 100 fly.

"Paul Jones is a senior in his second year, and he also swam well," he said.

"We mixed the lineup around a little and tried guys at new events, and they all swam well," Daly said. "I’m happy with the results despite the score.

"I was real pleased with our performance," he added. "It showed the results of our good, hard work over the Christmas break."

Wa-Hi returns to action at the Kentridge Invitational in Federal Way on Friday and Saturday.

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