Blue Devils swim past Eastmont

Wa-Hi wins seven of 11 top spots in Saturday's 106-64 victory over the Wildcats at Harvey Pool.


WALLA WALLA - The Wa-Hi boys' swimming team dominated Eastmont at Harvey Pool Saturday, taking seven of 11 top spots, including first and second place in the 50-yard freestyle, the 500 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke, en route to a 106-64 dual meet victory.

Senior captain Jonathan Klem placed first in the 100 butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke and swam the third leg of the Devils' victorious 200 medley relay.

Austin Garrett, also a senior and a captain, placed first in the 50 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the same 200 medley relay team.

"Senior captains Austin Garrett and Jonathan Klem were our two biggest standouts, placing first in each of their two individual events and being a part of a first-place relay team and a second-place team," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. "This year is going to be a great year for them.

"Currently, Jon is only a half-second off state in his 100 Fly and two seconds off state in his 100 Breast.

"Austin missed the state mark in his 50 Free by only half a second and by 17 seconds in his 500 Free," she said.

"They're swimming times now that are comparable to their end of season times last year."

Senior Max Troin swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay and beat out Eastmont's Jay Simmons in the 100 backstroke by just over two seconds, clocking in at 1:4.99 to Simmons' 1:07.01.

"Troin's time, particularly, was very fast for him," Curles said. "He's working hard in practices and it's really paying off."

Josh Bumgarner took first in the 200 individual medley, second to Klem in the 100 breaststroke and swam on the first place teams in the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relays.

"Josh also swam incredibly well," Curles said. "He swam on two first-place relays as well as winning the 200 IM and placing second, behind Klem, in the 100 Breast. He worked hard in the offseason, and is beginning to see the awards of all that hard work."

Zach Staudenmaier placed second in the 100 and 200 freestyles and swam the third leg for the victorious 200 freestyle relay team.

"Other standout athletes were Reilly Beckstrand, who placed third, between Zach Staudenmaier and Tyler Jones, in the 200 Free," Curles said. "His time of 2:06.31 was a fast swim for him, and was really well swum.

"Beckstrand also swam the 100 Fly with Jon Klem and George Lopez-Vargas," she said. "George achieved his district cut in that event and all three had great races."

Curles said her junior varsity squad had a good day as well.

"For every varsity race swam with a one- to three-second drop off a personal record, there was a junior varsity swimmer who dropped five to 10 seconds," Curles said. "These guys are working harder than most of them ever have in their lives and are hugely instrumental parts of our team."

The Blue Devils won't be taking to the pool again until after the new year, as Wa-Hi hosts Wenatchee at 11 a.m. on Jan. 7.


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