Wa-Hi girls shorthanded in Pullman

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PULLMAN — Wa-Hi’s girls swim team took a short-handed team to Pullman for a non-league meet Saturday afternoon, dropping a 92-78 decision.

The Blue Devils were led by Natalie Fink, Emma Timm-Ballard and Abby Crowley, who all finished first and second in all their events.

“This was especially impressive for Natalie, who placed first in the 100 freestyle and narrowly placed second in the 100 breaststroke,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. “Natalie had a great meet. From her assistance with the second-place relay finishes in the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relays, to her strong individual swims, she truly excelled.”

Also highlighting Wa-Hi’s performance was the 200 Individual Medley, where Megan Evans, Michaela Hope and Kaelie Coleman placed 2-3-4.

“It was Megan’s first major race of the season as she is in the midst of rallying from a shoulder injury, and it was the first time both Michaela and Kaelie swam the event,” Curles said. “I was truly impressed by all three of the girls and they really turned the momentum and energy around.”

Evans also excelled in her favorite event, the 100 butterfly, placing fourth.

“It’s nice to have her back so she can give an end her senior season in style,” Curles said.

Shelby Gordon, Coleman and Allissah Rupert also added depth to the Blue Devils squad in the 100 backstroke. Gordon placed second, Coleman fourth and Rupert sixth.

In the 200 Breaststroke, Fink placed second, Miranda Ruff fourth and Whitney Lux fifth.

“Whitney, especially, had an awesome swim,” Curles said. “She has quite a breaststroke career ahead of her.”

The 200 freestyle relays of Jennifer Cho, Michaela Hope, Miranda Ruff and Fink placed second, while Megan Evans, Heather Ball, Choici Stroe and Jordan Barnett placed third.

“The girls all did really well, Curles said. “Similarly, the 400 freestyle relay of Abby Crowley, Miranda Ruff, Michaela Hope and Emma Timm-Ballard placed second and Megan Evans, Jennifer Cho, Jordana Storm and Shelby Gordon placed third.”

Wa-Hi next hosts Kamiakin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Whitman College’s Harvey Pool.

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