Wa-Hi sends one swimmer to state

Emily Timm-Ballard earns a state berth as the Blue Devils finish fourth overall at the district meet Saturday.

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ELLENSBURG - Wa-Hi's Emily Timm-Ballard earned a state berth Saturday during the Big Nine District Girls Swimming Championships at Central Washington University's Aquatic Center.

Wenatchee won the 4A team title with 504 points, followed by Richland with 467. Moses Lake had 394 points to take third, the Blue Devils were next with 280. Eisenhower and Davis brought up the rear with 187 and 55 points, respectively.

Timm-Ballard was first in the 100 backstroke with a state-qualifying and school-record time of 59.98. The previous best was set just last year - a 1:01.10 by Annie Erickson.

Timm-Ballard was second in the 200 freestyle with a 2:01.57 mark, just .06 seconds off a personal record, said Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly.

Abby Crowley was third in the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.42, a personal record by roughly two full seconds and a second off a state- qualifying time, Daly said. She was fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:22.48).

Tori Jones placed fifth in the 100 back in 1:05.08, and sixth in the 200 IM in 2:26.29. Both times were season bests, Daly said.

Cheyenne Schoen PR'd while finishing ninth in both the 200 IM (2:32.94) and 100 butterfly (1:07.50).

Elli Rassbach was eighth in the 200 freestyle (2:18.78) and 11th in the 500 freestyle (6:02.97).

200 freestyle relay second Crowley, Schoen, Jones, Timm-Ballard were second in the 200 free relay (1:48.88) and third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:59.80).

Wa-Hi had a fifth-place showing in the 200 medley relay. Rassbach, Miranda Ruff, Maya Rapp, and Anna Reid finished in 2:13.10.

Other standouts, according to Daly, were freshman Natalie Fink with PR's in the 100 free and 100 breast (she was 12th in both), Reid was 10th in the 50 freestyle and 11th in 100 freestyle, Ruff was 11th in the 50 free, and Rapp was 12th in the 100 butterfly.

"We did have a number of good swims," Daly said. "Overall we had set higher goals for this meet. We came up a little short on those goals. We could have done better, but we're pleased by these performances. The girls tried real hard."

The state championships are scheduled for Nov. 12 and 13 at Federal Way's King County Aquatic Center.

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