Blue Devil swimmers make waves, defeat Wenatchee 97-83

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EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - Wa-Hi culminated a successful week in boys swimming action Saturday, as the Blue Devils swam past Wenatchee 97-83.

"What a great meet," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. "The two meets we had this week, Moses Lake Thursday and Wenatchee today (Saturday), marked the first time our four-year senior swimmers have ever beat either of those teams. It was a great benchmark, something that all 34 swimmers were a part of accomplishing."

It wasn't easy for the Blue Devils as they were tied with the Panthers at 36-36 heading into the 100 Butterfly.

Austin Garrett, Russell Skorina, and James Innes got off the blocks in the 100 Fly to place first, second, and fifth respectively, and give the Blue Devils back the lead.

"The guys really stepped up," Curles said. "We had a pep talk about team support and the closeness of the meet. They got up, giving everything, be it their energy, personal comfort, or voices to their team. They cheered and swam their hearts out."

Zach Staudemeir led the 100 freestyle crew with a second place swim.

The Blue Devils lost the lead after a second place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Wa-Hi bounced back in the 100 Backstroke.

Patrick Giedeman led the backstrokers with a first place finish. Max Troin came home third, and Reilly Beckstrand touched next to finish fourth and the Blue Devils re-took the lead.

The Blue Devils solidified their lead with a one-two finish in the 100 Breast. Jon Klem touched first and Blue Devil teammate Skorina came home second. Wiley Townsend touched fifth and the Blue Devils did not give up the lead the rest of the way.

Garrett added a first-place effort in the 200 Freestyle in 1:55.49. Klem won the 200 IM, and Wa-Hi culminated the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 Free Relay.

"Although we did not achieve any state cuts we had some great swims," Curles said. "At away meets, where we automatically lose points because we don't have diving, this (great swims) was essential."

The Blue Devils host Davis and Eisenhower Saturday at 11 a.m. at Whitman's Harvey Pool.

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