Wa-Hi swimmers fall to Chiefs despite Klem, relay victories

Jonathan Klem wins two individual events, and two Blue Devil relays are victorious, but Moses Lake wins the meet, 99-71.

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WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s Jonathan Klem won two individual events, and the Blue Devils placed first in two relays in a 99-71 boys dual swim-meet loss to Moses Lake at Harvey Pool on the Whitman College Campus on Thursday.

Klem won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.60 and the 100 butterfly in 57.80.

Wa-Hi’s Merrick Calder also stroked to a first-place finish, winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.77.

In the relays, Wa-Hi won the 200 medley in 1:50.60 with Will Bergstrom, Calder, Klem and Austin Garrett, and the 200 with a time of 1:40.13 with Bergstrom, Klem, Calder and Garrett.

Wa-Hi’s second-place finishers included Garrett (50 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Bergstrom (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke).

The Blue Devils’ third-place finishers included Calder (50 freestyle) and the 400 relay with Gabe Anderson, Paul Jones, Michael Jones and Bret Reller.

Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly said he was pleased with the Blue Devils’ performance.

"Our medley relay swam two seconds faster than its previous best, and freestyle was five second faster than its previous best," Daly said. "Jonathan’s time in the 100 butterfly was one second better than his previous best time," he added. "That’s within 2.3 seconds of a state qualifying time. So he’s close and he continues to drop his time.

"Will Bergstrom dropped a full second in the 100 free," Daly said. "Will had two good times and both were personal bests. He’s a little more than three seconds off of a state qualifying time in the 100 free, so he’s close.

"Overall, with every meet, we continue to improve consistently," Daly said. "We’re trying to fit as much improvement into the season as we can before it ends.

"Austin Garrett had personal best swims in two events, and Bret Reller had really good swims," he added.

"We came up a little short against Moses Lake, but we continue to improve every week," Daly said.

"We’re coming along real nicely. We just hope we have enough time left in the season to show these guys what they can accomplish. I know they have more potential and they are capable. We’re just fighting the clock to see them develop."

Wa-Hi swims again on Tuesday in Yakima against Eisenhower and Davis, with a 4 p.m. start.

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