Four Wa-Hi swimmers qualify for State meet

The boys finish fourth overall at districts in Ellensburg this weekend.

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ELLENSBURG - Wa-Hi's boys finished fourth and qualified four of its athletes for state during the Big Nine Conference district swimming championships at Central Washington University on Saturday.

Richland won the team title with 479.5 points, Moses Lake was second with 417, and Wenatchee took third with 411 points.

Wa-Hi followed with 265.5 points, Davis was next with 213, and Eisenhower rounded out the team scoring with 162.

A handful of second-place performances earned the four Blue Devils swimmers state berths, according to Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly.

Jonathon Klem was second in the 200 individual medley (2:03.91) and 100 butterfly (with a personal record of 55.78), Austin Garrett tied for second in the 50 freestyle (23.76) and placed second in the 100 freestyle (52.28).

The Blue Devils' 200 medley relay team of Klem, Garrett, Josh Bumgarner, and Patrick Giedeman pr'd with a mark of 1:51.11.

"It was an amazing race," Daly said. "Garrett took off on the anchor of that race and closed a 2-3 length gap. He had a tough finish. I thought we were out of it. Austin brought it home."

Other Wa-Hi individual finishers included Giedeman (fourth in 200 free, 1:58.69, and fifth in 100 butterfly, 1:00.15); Max Troin (fifth in 100 backstroke, 1:04.16, ninth in 100 butterfly, 1:03.15); Bumgarner (ninth in 500 freestyle, 5:48.86, 11th in 200 free, 2:06.23); Zach Staudenmaier (eighth in 100 breaststroke, 1:13.19, 10th in 100 freestyle, 58.23); Gabe Anderson (14th in 200 freestyle, 2:11.27); Matt Wilwand (12th in 100 freestyle, 59.37, 15th in 200 freestyle, 2:16.13); Ryder Magnaghi (15th in 200 I.M., 3:05.46, 15th in 500 freestyle, 7:01.54); Zach Morris (16th in 100 backstroke, 1:19.28; and Wiley Townsend (13th in 100 breaststroke, 1:16.94)

Wa-Hi's 400 freestyle relay was third. Klem, Garrett, Bumgarner, and Giedeman posted a 3:36.43. Its 200 freestyle relay team placed fifth (1:47.35). Troin Townsend, Anderson, and Staudenmaier teamed up in the latter relay.

The state championships are scheduled for Feb. 18 and 19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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