RICHLAND - The Blue Devils couldn't keep up at George Prout Pool Tuesday.
The host Richland Bombers handed Wa-Hi a 131-49 defeat at the Big Nine dual, despite several new personal bests from Blue Devil swimmers.
"We were kind of soundly defeated," said Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly. "But despite the score, we swam pretty well. We weren't quite at the top of our game yesterday - we've got a number of kids under the weather and a couple of injuries. We weren't at full strength."
Richland, the defending conference champion, took advantage. Wa-Hi's only first-place win came in the 200 freestyle relay, when the ‘A' team, Tori Jones, Cheyenne Schoen, Elli Rassbach and Jessica Hutton, won in 1:50.61.
"It was actually a really good race," Daly said. "Richland didn't give it to us and we fought hard for it."
Rassbach shaved almost a second off her previous personal best help move the team to the win, he said.
Rassbach, a freshman, placed third in the 500 freestyle in 6:01.06 - a personal best by 11 seconds.
"She's turning out to be a real steady, good performer for the team," Daly said.
Rassbach swam on a local club team, which is helping develop stronger swimmers for Wa-Hi, Daly said. "She's doing a good job for us so far."
Courtney Griggs had a wopping 30-second improvement in the 500 freestyle from her time last year, finishing fifth in 6:42.36
Megan Evans had personal records in three out of four events.
Abby Crowley had a two-second improvement 200 IM, finishing third in 2:27.30. She also PR'd in the 100 backstroke, finished second in 1:05.39.
And Bailey Ruff had a personal best of five second in the 100 butterfly, finishing sixth in 1:20.68.
"We had some improvement, but like I said, we were just a little off our game," Daly said. "We weren't at full strength and we kind of went into the meet knowing we were the underdogs. Then, to have the girls missing, it takes a little air out of the balloon going in. We were swimming for personal bests and doing the best we could."
It was Wa-Hi's first swim loss of the season. They're 2-1 in league and overall.
The Blue Devils travel to the Mukilteo Invite this weekend. The invite has more than 50 teams from across the state and is at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, the site of national and international swim events.
"It will be a nice trip over there for us, and hopefully we'll have some girls back and feeling better, and have some more personal bests there," Daly said.
200 Medley Relay
2nd - Wa-Hi A (Abby Crowley, Tori Jones, Maya Rapp, Jessica Hutton) 2:08.09
4th - Wa-Hi B (Anna Reid, Natalie Fink, Bailey Ruff, Andrea Hamada) 2:20.67
4th - Elli Rassbach 2:13.87
5th - Courtney Griggs 2:30.85
6th - Megan Evans 2:33.56
3rd - Abby Crowley 2:27.30
5th - Maya RapP 2:43.23
3rd - Bailey Ruff 28.84
5th - Anna Reid 29.26
4th - Cheyenne Schoen 1:09.40
5th - Maya Rapp 1:13.81
6th - Bailey Ruff 1:20.68
3rd - Tori Jones 1:01.54
5th - Andrea Hamada 1:07.38
3rd - Elli Rassbach 6:01.06
5th - Courtney Griggs 6:42.36
6th - Megan Evans 6:43.14
200 Freestyle Relay
1st - Wa-Hi A (Tori Jones, Cheyenne Schoen, Elli Rassbach, Jessica Hutton) 1:50.61
4th - Wa-Hi B (Natalie Fink, Andrea Hamada, McKenzie Cosaert, Courtney Griggs) 2:08.74
2nd - Abby Crowley 1:05.39
5th - Anna Reid 1:15.63
6th - McKenzie Cosaert 1:22.83
2nd - Tori Jones 1:21.89
4th - Cheyenne Schoen 1:22.43
6th - Jennifer Wall 1:37.56
400 Freestyle Relay
2nd - Wa-Hi A (Abby Crowley, Cheyenne Schoen, Elli Rassbach, Anna Reid) 4:05.25
4th - Wa-Hi B (Courtney Griggs, Bailey Ruff, Megan Evans, Maya Rapp) 4:46.89