Chiefs swim past Blue Devil girls, 110-73

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MOSES LAKE - Moses Lake's girls got past Wa-Hi at their Big Nine swim meet here Tuesday, 110-73.

"Because we were at their pool, we started with an automatic 15-point deduction due to our lack of diving program and facilities, and we were unable to make up that difference," Blue Devils coach Katharine Curles said. "Despite the defeat, the lady Devils had some phenomenal swims."

Emma Timm-Ballard closed in on state qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, winning both events in 2:00.72 and 1:01.01, respectively.

"Emma Timm-Ballard just barely missed her state cut with a season-best win in the 200 freestyle," Curles said. "She had a great swim.

"Elli Rassbach and Andrea Hamada placed fourth and sixth in that event with great, strong swims."

Cheyenne Shoen and Abby Crowley also got closer to the state cut, as Shoen won the 100 free in 57.72 and Crowley the 100 backstroke in 1:03.02.

"It was a great swim and awesome time," Curles said of Crowley's swim.

Crowley also finished second in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:22.62.

"The first half of her swim was phenomenal," Curles said. "Once we get a few things straightened out in the second half, she will be on her way to state."

Katelyn Elmenhurst placed second overall with a lifetime best 1:20.44 in the 100 breaststroke.

Schoen, Anna Reid, Crowley and Timm-Ballard also teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.96.

"On the district level, we had some more great qualifying swims," Curles said. "Hannah Theil was within seconds of her cuts (sixth in the 100 backstroke in 1:23.45). Given another opportunity, I'm convinced she would achieve them.

"Many of the girls swam events for their first time and achieved promising or qualifying times in those," she said. "In a sport where districts and state are very important for the final standings, as many diverse and qualifying times are incredibly important as we are beefing up our roster."

The Blue Devils 200 medley relay of Crowley, Elmenhurst, Timm-Ballard and Schoen placed second while trimming almost three seconds off their former best time.

"We have hopes for sending that team to state this year or next, and it's fun to move the order around a bit and see what they can do," Curles said.

Wa-Hi's 200 Free Relay team of Natalie Fink, Hannah Burns, Reid and Katelyn Elmenhurst placed second with a 1:56.14.

"Each girl had a strong split," Curles said.

On Friday, 14 of Wa-Hi's girls and coaches head to Federal Way, Wash., for the Mukilteo Invitational.

"We will be swimming Saturday against teams from all over the state in the fastest pool in the state," Curles said. "It is an incredibly great opportunity to drop some times, get qualifying cuts, good races and encourage closer and stronger team dynamics."

"It will be a fun weekend!"

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