Wa-Hi girls swim to 102-74 win in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK — Wa-Hi’s girls swim team defeated Southridge Tuesday night in a Mid-Columbia meet.

The Blue Devils, keyed by a strong performance in the 200-meter medley relay, defeated the host Suns 102-74.

“Our 102-74 score is really indicative of the depth our team has and will bring to the table,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles wrote in an email. “Beyond the varsity, we had some awesome JV swims. What is more important, we had our team up and cheering for one another, feeding off one another’s energy, wisdom, and excitement. It was a great day.”

Emma Max Timm-Ballard, Cheyenne Schoen, Natalie Fink and Abby Crowley swam the 200 medley in 1 minute and 59.09 seconds to pick up the win.

The same four competitors went on to comnine for seven different first-place finishes.

Schoen picked up wins in the 200 free and 100 breast, Timm-Ballard the 200 individual medley and 100 free, Crowley in the 50 free and 100 back, and the whole team picked up another win in the 400 free relay.

“These girls set a standard of excellence that the rest of the team followed,” Curles said. “They found races or made their own and each of them had really strong times, many lifetime bests.”

Although she didn’t pick up any outright wins, Jennifer Cho set two personal records in the 200 free abd 100 breast with fifth and third place finishes, respectively.

“Jennifer’s passion for swimming has taken off in her offseason training with the swim club, and it is contagious,” Curles said of Cho. “She wants to do well, works hard to get there, and it is now paying off.”

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