Wa-Hi opens girls swimming season

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PROSSER — Wa-Hi unofficially commenced its 2012 girls swimming season at the Prosser Jamboree here Saturday.

“Although the meet was a non-traditional meet and therefore not scored, the girls had some great swims and we are more and more excited for the upcoming season,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said.

The 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays were divided in order to have similar speeds, mixing up the skill levels of our swimmers, Curles said. “Despite this, we still had strong swims and finished in the middle of the pack.”

Max Timm-Ballard placed first in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:04.09. Abby Crowley, Cheyenne Schoen, and Natalie Fink

placed fourth, fifth, and eighth, respectively.

In all, 11 Blue Devils swam the event, Curles said.

“The hard work we have been putting in the pool definitely showed and paid off,” Curles said. “The 100 I.M. shows the versatility of a swimmer and to have half our team finish it, and the majority get best times, is really exciting for the upcoming season.”

Sophomore Jennifer Cho finished third in the 50-yard butterfly.

“I was really surprised by her swim,” Curles said. “She has put the work in the off-season to become quite a flyer.”

Cho was joined by sophomore Bailee Butler (16th), junior Taylor Cook (21st), junior Kally McClure (25th), and senior Mattie Smyth (26th) in the event.

Timm-Ballard and Crowley finished second and third in the 100 fly. Schoen, Fink, Rassbach, and Rapp placed seventh, eighth, ninth, and 12th.

The butterfly is “a stroke that leads many to shake in their boots,” Curles said. “We had some great swims today. We will have some strong medley relays with these girls!

Brittany Beuck was Wa-Hi’s top finisher in the 50-yard freestyle, placing 12th with a 39.03 mark.

“She has really improved from last year to this year,” Curles said.

Timm-Ballard placed second in the 100 free and Fink placed ninth.

Jordan Barnett placed 22nd and “her hard work in the off-season was definitely visible in this field of 101 athletes,” Curles said.

Kally McClure was Walla Walla’s top finisher in the 50 back. She finished seventh. Bailey Butler and Brittany Beuck finished 13th and 25th, respectively.

Abby Crowley placed second in the 100 back with a time of 1:02.88. Maya Rapp also swam the event and placed 11th.

“We had a lot of backstrokers and number of great swims,” Curles said.

Mattie Smyth was Walla Walla’s top finisher in the 50 breast. She was 16th.

“Mattie is a great leader for our team and has worked hard in the off-season,” Curles said. “This 10-second drop is indicative of her work with us.”

In the 100 breast, Cheyenne Schoen finished second

and Katelyn Elmenhurst was sixth. “They were supported by seven other breaststrokers who evened out the pack,” Curles said.

The Blue Devils open the regular season Tuesday at Southridge.

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