Wa-Hi swims to pair of Big Nine wins

The Blue Devils down Davis, 95-81, before handing Eisenhower a 103-54 thumping in Yakima.

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi swimmers came out on top of Eisenhower and Davis at a Big Nine duel swim meet here Tuesday.

The Blue Devils picked up five first-place finishes en route to a 95-81 victory over Davis and a 103-54 win over Ike.

"We weren't quite as sharp as we were this weekend at Kentridge, but that's to be expected," said Wa-Hi coach Brad Daly. "It's tough. We have four meets in two weeks and it's hard to swim your best Saturday and better on Tuesday. We weren't quite as sharp. ... But it's good. We came away with a win anyway."

Jonathon Klem placed first in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, in 1:55.63 and 1:01.57, respectively.

Patrick Giedeman was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:17.55 and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.81. Austin Garrett had Wa-Hi's final first of the night in the 100 freestyle, in 53.34.

Garrett picked up second in the 50 freestyle in 24.56, one of four second-place finishes.

Max Troin was second in the 200 IM in 2:29.37 and in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.05, and Wiley Townsend was second in the 500 freestyle in 6:38.95.

Josh Baumgardner had Wa-Hi's lone third placing of the night, finishing the 100 backstroke in 1:13.26.

"Overall, there were some really good times yesterday," Daly said. "We had personal best times from some of the swimmers and we're continuing to see some improvement. I'm pleased with how we're doing."

The Blue Devils also dominated in relay teams. The 200 medley relay team was first in 1:53.37 and was comprised of Troin, Klem, Giedeman and Garrett.

The B team was third in 2:09.49, and included Gabe Anderson, Zach Staudenmaier, Josh Bumgarner and Townsend.

The Blue Devils also placed first and third in the 200 freestyle relay.

The A team was first in 1:42.89 and included Klem, Giedeman, Staudenmaier and Garrett, and the B team was third in 2:06.01.

Swimming for the B team was Matt Wilwand, Ryder Magnaghi, Nicholas Fuller and Anderson.

The 400 freestyle relay team placed second in 4:05.08, with Bumgarner, Wilwand, Townsend and Troin swimming.

"We've got bigger meets ahead, with a big challenge against Eastmont," Daly said. "We'll be back on our game with a few more days to practice."

The Blue Devils are 3-3 in conference action.

The Blue Devils have just two regular-season meets remaining on the season. They travel to Eastmont this weekend and host Wenatchee next week, with districts Feb. 5-6.

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