Wa-Hi boys outnumber Cheney swimmers 4-to-1 in lopsided victory

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WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi posted a convincing 119-49 victory over Cheney in a non-league boys swim meet Saturday at Harvey Pool.

“We had some outstanding swims and placed first in every event, minus the 200(-yard) free relay,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. “Cheney had some good swimmers, but we outnumbered them almost 4-to-1, and our guys really stepped up to the plate to swim their very best times.”

Patrick Giedeman, Russell Skorina, Josh Bumgarner, and Jayden Wallace teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:47.57). Giedeman, Darian Corpus, Bryan Lopez-Vargas, and Wiley Townsend joined forces to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.45).

Individually, Giedeman won the 100 freestyle (51.70) and 100 backstroke (1:00.64), Skorina won the 100 butterfly (56.04) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.31), Bumgarner won the 200 freestyle (1:58.79), Corpus won the 200 individual medley (2:22.88), Jayden Wallace won the 50 freestyle (24.43), and Tyler Jones won the 500 free (5:28.45).

“I want to highlight Josh Bumgarner’s 200 freestyle where he achieved a personal record and broke the two-minute barrier,” Curles said. “Josh came back again in the 100 breast for yet another personal record, finishing in 1:08.25, good enough for second place. Russell Skorina came in first in the 100 breast and Wiley Townsend finished third. Wiley’s time of 1:12.11 was incredible, a lifetime best, and the race just looked great.

“Russell Skorina is quickly approaching the state cut in the 100 fly,” Curles said. “He swam a great time. Ryder Magnaghi and George Lopez-Vargas also had great fly swims - really strong.

“Overall, it was a great dual meet to start with,” Curles said. “I was really impressed by where we are at as a team. The team is cohesive, the new guys are figuring the sport out, and I continue to be shocked by how fast everyone is. As a coach, it’s everything you could wish for.”

Wa-Hi travels to Yakima on Thursday to oppose Selah and hosts Prosser next Saturday at 11 a.m.

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