Wa-Hi girls swim at Mukilteo Invite

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Wa-Hi sent 14 girls swimmers to the King County Aquatic Center for the Mukilteo Swimming Invitational over the weekend.

"This center (King County) is also where we hold state in November, and swimming in the pool is a great experience and opportunity for very fast times," Blue Devil coach Katharine Curles said.

In the 200 Medley Relay, Wa-Hi "entered three relays and they all had really strong times," Curles said. "Unfortunately, our A Relay was disqualified due to a fast exchange, but the individual times were all very strong regardless. Highlights of that event were Shelby Gordon's 50 Freestyle split, where she dropped one second, and Natalie Fink's 50 Fly split."

In the 200 Freestyle, Emma Timm-Ballard placed fourth.

"Although not a best time, she swam strong and found some good competitions," Curles said.

Cheyenne Schoen swam a season-best time with 2:06.55 and 14th place.

"It was a great swim," Curles said.

Abby Crowley placed 24th in the 200 Individual Medley with a season-best time of 2:22.56.

"She continues to creep closer and closer to her goal," Curles said.

Anna Reid placed 25th in the 50 Free in 28.02, a season-best individual time.

In the 100 Fly, Schoen turned in a 1:06.28 for 26th place and a season-best time.

Anna Reid swam a lifetime best in the 100 Free, in 1:00.82 for a 31st-place finish.

Andrea Hamada placed 41st with a 1:02.47, almost a four-second time drop.

"Andrea and Anna, our only seniors on the team this year, both had incredible meets," Curles said.

Timm-Ballard and Crowley placed 3rd and 7th, respectively, in the 100 Back and both qualified for state.

In the 400 Free Relay, the team of Shoen, Fink, Crowley and Timm-Ballard placed 13th.

"This week, we are getting our team back together and continue our work in the pool," Curles said.

Wa-Hi hosts the Palouse Invitational at noon Saturday at Whiman's Harvey Pool.

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