Wa-Hi wins MCC meet with Kennewick

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WALLA WALLA — With the 200 medley relay team leading the way, Wa-Hi swam past Kennewick 101-68 here at Whitman’s Harvey Pool Saturday in girls Mid-Columbia Conference swimming action.

Emma Timm-Ballard, Cheyenne Schoen, Natalie Fink, and Abby Crowley swam to first in the relay in 1:56.97 to get the Blue Devils off on the right foot.

“Our 200 medley relay swam amazingly well,” Blue Devil coach Katharine Curles said. “They dropped two seconds, bringing them a mere 1.5 seconds from a state cut. These girls want that cut so very much, and they’re getting closer and closer.”

Timm-Ballard and Crowley both swam to two individual wins. Schoen and Fink added one each.

“We had a lot of great swims,” Curles added. “With eight first-place finishes, five second-place finishes, and six third-place finishes, Wa-Hi came to the pool ready to swim.”

Crowley won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.89. Megan Evans came home third in 2:29.06 and Shelby Gordon was fifth in 2:35.66 as the Blue Devils took three of the top five spots.

“Megan, especially, had a great time swimming it (200 free),” Curles said. “It’s fun to watch her now totally rallied back from her injury.”

Timm-Ballard came home first in the 50 free as she turned a 26.27 swim. Jennifer Cho turned in a lifetime best 29.56 to earn fifth-place points for the Blue Devils.

Schoen and Elli Rassbach went three, four in the 200 individual medley. Schoen swam a 2:18.51 for third and Rassbach took fourth in 2:35.5.

“Cheyenne finished third after a nail-biting race with Kennewick’s Hailey (first in 2:16.51) and Alexis Murphy (second in 2:17.72),” Curles reported. “All three girls fought every leg of that race, and Cheyenne had a great swim, but the other two got to the wall just before her.”

Schoen came back to edge Alexis Murphy in the 100 butterfly. Schoen won in 1:04.09 and Alexis Murphy came home in 1:04.56.

“The 100 fly was a fun race to watch,” Curles said. “This was a great time for Cheyenne and she is getting ever-closer to achieving her

state goals.”

Fink posted a lifetime best of 57.96 in winning the 100 free. Jordie Storm also posted a lifetime best 100 free swim in 1:07.74 to earn fourth place points for Wa-Hi.

“Natalie’s hard work in the pool in recent weeks is paying off more and more,” Curles said of Fink’s swim.

Timm-Ballard led a one-two-three Blue Devil sweep in the 500 free. Timm-Ballard touched first in 5:25.3. Rassbach was second in 6:02.38 and Madyson Gabriel took third place in 6:37.16.

Crowley, Fink, Schoen, and Timm-Ballard came home in 1:46.06 to win the 200 free relay. The Blue Devil combination of Storm, Jennifer Cho, Heather Ball, and Michaela Hope took second for the Blue Devils with a combined swim of 1:59.34.

Crowley and Cho went one-two for the Blue Devils in the 100 backstroke. Crowley won in 1:01.13 and Cho touched next in 1:17.57.

Fink, with a second place finish in 1:16.96, led a Blue Devil two-four-five finish in the 100 breaststroke. Maggie Buob was fourth in 1:30.40 and Whitney Lux was fifth in 1:31.74. The Lions’ Hailey Murphy touched first in 1:15.21.

“Natalie (Fink) and Maggie both dropped three seconds,” Curles commented. “It was awesome.”

Rassbach, Choici Stroe, Jordan Barnett, and Cho finished second in the 400 free relay in 4:30.52 to cap the Blue Devils’ victory.

The Blue Devils host senior night here Saturday at the Harvey Poll when Hanford visits at 2 p.m.

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