Blue Devils smash Kamiakin, 185-101

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WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi dominated visiting Kamiakin, 185-101, Tuesday at Whitman’s Harvey Pool in a Mid-Columbia girls swimming dual meet.

Wa-Hi won 11-of-12 events in the route and the Blue Devil 400-yard freestyle relay team (Abby Crowley, Natalie Fink, Cheyenne Schoen, Max Timm-Ballard) earned a spot at state with a 3-minute and 47.82-second finish.

“I asked the girls to surprise me today, and they totally did,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles wrote in an e-mail. “They swam so well, everything came together for the girls individually, and as a team. Numerous girls had four-of-four events be lifetime best times.”

Wa-Hi opened the event with a dominating swim in the 200 medley relay, with Timm-Ballard, Schoen, Fink and Crowley swimming the race in 1:58.98, almost 13 seconds better than Kamiakin’s best at 2:11.83.

Schoen led a 1-2 finish for the Blue Devils in the 200 free with a 2:03.33; Maya Rapp finished second in 2:15.98.

“To start off a meet with that much positive momentum,” Curles said, “that many technically sound maneuvers such as smart swimming, good strokes, and well-executed finishes sets the tempo for a very successful day.

Timm-Ballard, Schoen, Fink and Crowley were each undefeated in both relays and individual races.

Schoen won the 200 free and the 100 breast; Fink the 200 individual medley and the 100 free; Crowley the 100 butterfly and 500 free; and Timm-Ballard the 50 free and 100 back.

“Everyone stepped up today and ensured that it was a successful day,” Curles wrote. “At this point in the season, with a group of girls as dedicated as these, you couldn’t ask for anything more. They were full of surprises today: energy, dedication, fast times, and smart swimming. It’s great!”

Wa-Hi hosts Kennewick Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harvey Pool.

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