Devils run wild over Ike, Davis



Wa-Hi's Patrick Giedeman breaks away from the pack en-route to an easy heat victory with a time of 2:00.86 during the 200-yard freestyle.


Wa-Hi's Jonathon Klem skims the surface for air during the boy's 100-meter freestyle swim Saturday morning against Davis and Eisenhower.

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi swept a Columbia Basin Big Nine double-dual swim meet here Saturday at Whitman's Paul Harvey pool, swimming past Eisenhower 136-31 and outswimming Davis 129-40.

"The guys swam great," Blue Devil coach Katharine Curles said. "They finished one, two, three in more than half the races. It was a good meet for everyone."

Zach Staudenmaier and Patrick Giedeman led the way for Wa-Hi as each won two individual events. Staudenmaier won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.61 seconds and posted a 1-minute 7.34-seconds to take first in the 100 breaststroke.

Giedeman led a Blue Devil sweep in winning the 200 free in 1:53.88. Wa-Hi's Reilly Beckstrand touched second, and Russell Skorina came home third.

Giedeman added first-place points in the 100 butterfly as he touched first in 57.17.

Austin Garrett led another Wa-Hi sweep in the 100 Free. Garrett was first in 51.1. Wiley Townsend was second and Jayden Wallace completed the Blue Devil sweep with a third place.

The Blue Devils also swept the 500 Free. Josh Bumgarner touched first in 5:27.43. Beckstrand was next and Tyler Jones took third place points for the Blue Devils.

In the boys 200 individual medley, Wa-Hi went 1, 2. Jonathon Klem won in 2:05.66 and James Innes touched second.

Wa-Hi also dominated the relays. Klem, Skorina, Giedeman, and Garrett took first in the 200 medley relay as the foursome came home with a winning time of 1:46.65.

Klem, Staudenmaier, Giedeman, and Garrett took the blue ribbon the 200 relay. They won in 1:35.46. The team of Bumgarner, Beckstrand, Jayden Wallace, and Max Troin took second behind their Wa-Hi teammates.

The Blue Devils completed a sweep of the relays with a win in the 400 relay. The team of Garrett, Staudenmaier, Beckstrand, and Troin came home winners in 3:48.64.

"What made the meet excellent, was the slower two-thirds of our team," Curles concluded. "It's incredible to see them come so far and a great honor to be a part of their success."

Wa-Hi improved to 5-0 on the season and travels to West Valley of Yakima on Thursday.


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