Blue Devil swimmers finish 19th at State

Patrick Giedeman swims to Wa-Hi's only top-ten finish.

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Wa-Hi's boys finished 19th during the Class 4A state swimming championships that wrapped up here Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.

The Blue Devils finished the meet with 36 team points.

Stadium won the team title with 229 points.

Patrick Giedeman had Wa-Hi's only top-10 finish of the meet, placing eighth in the finals of the 500 freestyle (4:52.84).

Giedeman teamed up with Jonathon Klem, Russell Skorina and Austin Garrett to set a school record in the preliminary heat of the 200 medley relay (1:43.74). They finished 15th in the finals.

Klem was 10th in the finals of the 200 individual medley (2:03.47).

Garrett posted lifetime bests in the preliminaries of both the 50 (22.52) and 100 (49.81) freestyles. In the finals, he was 15th in the 50 free and 14th in the 100 free.

Giedeman set lifetime records in the 200 and 500 freestyles. His 1:47.31 mark was good for 11th overall in the 200. He swam a 4:46.23 in the prelims of the 500 free.

Klem was 16th in the 100 breast (1:04.73). Josh Bumgarner, Giedeman, Garrett and Klem made the consolation finals in the 400 freestyle relay.

"The boys swam well," Wa-Hi coach Katherine Curles said. "It was a fun meet. It gave us a chance to see a lot of fast swimmers and an opportunity to race the best."

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