Blue Devils sink at triple-dual meet

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Wa-Hi's Patrick Giedeman comes up for air during the breaststroke leg of the 200-meter individual medley race Tuesday.

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Wa-Hi's Matt Wilwand shoots into the water off the blocks during the start of the second heat of the 500-meter freestyle at Whitman College's Harvey Pool.

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WaHi's Austin Garrett comes up for air during the final leg of the 100 meter butterfly race during a meet at Whitman College's Harvey Pool Tuesday afternoon.

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Walla Walla High School junior Austin Garrett leaves the starting block with the rest of the heat during the 100 meter butterfly Tuesday afternoon.

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Freshman Blue Devil Patrick Giedeman rotates his left arm around, trailing water on a stroke during the backstroke portion of the 200 meter individual medley.

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Junior Max Troin competes for WaHi on the backstroke during the 200 meter medley relay Tuesday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's boys had some first-place finishes against Hanford during a triple-dual meet with Richland in the mix at Whitman College's Harvey Pool at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Devils dropped both team competitions, 117-50 to Richland and 113-56 to Hanford.

Richland downed Hanford, 99-71, in their dual.

For Wa-Hi, Jonathon Klem won the 200 individual medley against Hanford in 2:08.63, which was second against Richland.

Klem also won the 100-meters against Hanford in 1:06.39, which was also good for second versus Richland.

In the 500 free, Wa-Hi's Patrick Giedeman won in 5:28.43 against the Falcons, which was also second against the Bombers.

Austin Garrett likewise won the 100 back in 1:03.71 against Hanford and was second against Richland.

Josh Bumgarner was second against Richland in the 200 free in 2:12.10.

In relays, the Blue Devil team of Giedeman, Bumgarner, Klem and Garrett was second in the 200 medley relay against both teams in 1:52.95.

In the 200 relay, Wa-Hi's Garrett, Klem, Gabe Anderson and Giedeman was second against both opponents in 1:41.69.

For Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly, the meet showed improvement by younger Blue Devil swimmers.

"Richland and Hanford are very, very strong teams, so that kind of explains the scores," Daly said. "But behind the scores we had some really good swims. We're coming off Christmas training with two weeks with no meets, so we training hard. The guys were a little tired from that, but some guys had some great improvements."

Daly mentioned Max Troin and Josh Bumgarner's personal records, in the 200 individual medley for Troin and the 200 and 500 freestyles for Bumgarner.

Freshmen Nick Fuller, Wiley Townsend and Ryder Magnaghi "also had significant drops in time," as did junior Zach Morris in his first of swimming with the Blue Devils, Daly said.

"Overall, I'm pleased coming off a couple weeks of tough training," he said. "I'm looking forward to the remainder of the season and see some good improvement."

Wa-Hi next hosts West Valley at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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