Wa-Hi swimmers improve to 6-0

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MOSES LAKE - Wa-Hi's boys swimmers improved to 6-0 with a 116-67 victory over West Valley here Tuesday.

The performance included victories for Blue Devils' 200 medley relay in 1:52.37; Patrick Giedeman in the 200 free in 1:51.59 and 100 back in 59.70; Jonathon Klem in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.88; Austin Garrett in the 50 free in 23.47, and 100 free 52.43; Max Troin in the 100 fly in 1:04.20; Adan Gutierrez in the 500 free in 5:32.00; the 200 relay in 1:37.74; the 400 relay in 3:33.74; and Russell Skorina in the 100 breast in 1:05.28.

"The most exciting things about today's meet were the team energy and first-year swimmers' performances," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. "The boys know they're taking their team into uncharted territories of possible success - vying for league champs - and they are incredibly united in doing so, utilizing all their excess energy and vocal cords in cheering their teammates."

The victory sets up a showdown with Big Nine rivals Richland and Hanford at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harvey Pool on the Whitman College campus. The two opponents are also undefeated heading into the meet.

"There is an incredible amount of energy and anticipation going through the guys - they are so ready for Saturday, to put their all on the line for their team," Curles said. "It will be really fun. The other thing is the first-year swimmers' performances, after today - about 80 percent of our team of 34, 22 of them being first year swimmers - is qualified for districts. That's awesome! They are all swimming at a competitive caliber and have come incredibly far. It bodes very well for our upcoming years, despite our eight current seniors."

Saturday will be Wa-Hi's final home meet, and Gabriel Anderson, Jacob Dyer, Garrett, Gregg Heller, Klem, Marshall Mabley, Zach Morris and Troin will be recognized.

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