Wa-Hi swims to tired second

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi swimmers came in tired, and it showed.

The Blue Devils fell to Wenatchee, 112-71, in a league swim meet Thursday.

"The great swims were few and far between," said Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly. "We weren't at our best but it was evident that it wasn't a result of not trying, that's for sure."

Wa-Hi came off a good meet Saturday and worked hard Monday and Tuesday, and the brief rest Wednesday still yielded a tired team, Daly said.

"The girls worked hard," he said. "We're training very hard and the girls obviously swam tired yesterday, and the performances showed that. We're getting ready for districts at the end of the month and the girls weren't ready yesterday to do their best."

Abby Crowley placed first for the Blue Devils in the 200 yard IM with a personal best of 2:26.47 and 100 backstroke. Max Timm-Ballard was first in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, and Tori Jones placed first in the 500 freestyle.

Elli Rassbach placed second in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Jessica Hutton was second in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

The relay teams also had strong days. Crowley, Jones, Timm-Ballard and Hutton came in first in the 200 medley, and Hutton, Rassbach, Bailey Ruff and Cheyenne Schoen were first in the 200 freestyle. The 400 freestyle team was third, with Crowley, Schoen, Jones and Timm-Ballard swimming legs.

But Daly was pleased with the JV squad's times. Three freshman, new to swimming, posted personal bests or won in JV heats. Natalie Fink, Addily Dyer and Jennifer Wall are all strong rising swimmers in the program, Daly said.

"They've been improving a lot throughout the season," Daly said.

Though swimming tired, Daly and the Blue Devils are looking forward to the next meets.

Their final league meet is at the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool on the Whitman campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Districts are Oct. 28-30 in Ellensburg.

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