Wa-Hi swimmers wrap up 4A championship with split

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's boys wrapped up the Big Nine Conference's 4A championship and finished second overall in the league after defeating Richland and bowing to Hanford on Saturday at Harvey Pool.

The Blue Devils beat Richland, 91-79, and lost to Hanford by a similar tally.

Austin Garrett registered firsts in both the 50-meter freestyle (23.25) and 100 free (51.27). Russell Skorina added a first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.80).

Patrick Giedeman recorded a pair of seconds - in the 100 backstroke (58.30) and 200 free (1:51.15). Jonathon Klem was second in the 200 individual medley (2:05.18).

Klem, Giedeman, Garrett and Zach Staudenmaier teamed up for a second in the 200 free relay (1:34.85). Giedeman, Klem, Garrett and Josh Bumgarner placed second in the 400 free relay (3:28.90).

Max Troin joined Bumgarner, Skorina, and Staudenmaier for a third in the 200 medley relay (1:50.91).

"Today was a fun day," Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. "We had a great crowd to watch cheer, and support. The guys were so energetic and so excited and their energy and excitement really paid off.

"We had some great swims today that they can be really proud of," Curles said. "(Saturday) was the last day for our JV, non-district team, and almost all of them had best times. It was really inspirational to see the boys achieve their season goals."

The Blue Devils next competition comes during the district championships next weekend at Central Washington University.

"With some rest and another week of good practice, I am really expectant of some great swims," Curles said. "It will be exciting."

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