Blue Devil boys sink Selah

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YAKIMA — Wa-Hi’s boys swim team defeated Selah, 123-57, here Thursday.

“In addition to outnumbering the other team, Walla Walla swam really strongly,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curls said. “We found ourselves in a lot of neck-and-neck races, and had some very good racing experience. Our boys pulled ahead in many of those races, which was a testament to all the hard work they’ve put forth in the pool.”

Selah won the 200 Medley Relay, but Blue Devil teams took the next two places.

The second-place team of Darian Corpus, Nick Fuller, Russell Skorina and Patrick Giedeman finished in 1:57.15. Wa-Hi’s third-place team of Eddie Kaminsky, Cole Woelfle, George Lopez-Vargas and Tyler Jones finished in 2:08.65, narrowly beating Selah’s B relay.

Jayden Wallace and Tyler Jones finished first and second in the 200 Freestyle, finishing in 2:01.15 and 2:01.59, respectively.

“The boys, who have been training together for a year, had a great race,” Curles said.

In the 200 Individual Medley, Blue Devil teammates Josh Bumgarner finished first in 2:13.66, Skorina was second in 2:15.35, and Corpus finished third with 2:21.24.

“I was so pleased with all of these races,” Curles said. “Each of the boys have different strokes that they excel at, and it was fun to watch an event that featured each of them. They swam it well and had a fun race.”

Ryder Magnaghi and Luke Reardon represented Wa-Hi in the 50 Free. Magnaghi had a lifetime best of 27.04, and Reardon was right behind him with another PR of 27.88.

“Mechanically, they were sound and aggressive races,” Curles said.

In the 100 Butterfly, Skorina finished in 55.90, just six-tenths of a second off his necessary state cut, and Giedeman finished in 56.21, less than a second off the state-qualifying time.

Wallace finished first in the 100 Free in 55.76 and was joined by Kaminsky (third, 1:01.23) and Joe McKiernan (fourth, 1:02.42).

Jones decisively won the 500 Freestyle in 5:25.59, with Wa-Hi teammate Chris Yaw finished third in 6:28.49 and Woelfle fifth in 6:49.15.

In the 200 Free Relay, Wa-Hi teams finished first and second. The first-place team of Woelfle, Justin Helm, Magnaghi and Bumgarner finished in 1:47.65, with the team of Justin Seymour, Joe McKiernan, Bryan Lopez-Vargas and Wallace finished in 1:49.62.

“As a coach, it’s fun to see our guys up there racing one another and helping each other achieve their bests,” Curles said.

Giedeman won the 100 Backstroke with a 59.07, Kaminsky finished fourth, and Bryan Lopez-Vargas fifth.

Bumgarner and Corpus finished 1-2 in the 100 Breast, in 1:09.41 and 1:12.34, respectively.

“Finally, the 400 Free Relay was thrilling,” Curles said. “Our A and B relays raced neck-in-neck for second for the first three legs of the relay. Then, Patrick Giedeman, swimming the last leg of the A relay, made up a five-second time difference to win in 3:43.13.”

The winning relay was comprised of Bumgarner, Kaminsky, Jones and Giedeman.

The third-place relay had Bryan Lopez-Vargas, Corpus, Skorina and Wallace.

“All-in-all, we had some great swims and the guys worked hard,” Curles said.

Wa-Hi next hosts Prosser at 11 a.m. Saturday at Whitman College’s Harvey Pool.

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