Blue Devils swim to 3rd at MCC meet

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KENNEWICK — Led by a banner day from Abby Crowley — who swam to two second-place finishes individually and was part of two third-place relays — the Wa-Hi girls swimming team finished third at a Mid-Columbia invite in Kennewick Saturday.

“After a bit of a slow start after a week of hard work in the pool, there is a lot we can celebrate from today,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles wrote in an email. “The girls swam great! We had many more personal records and significant time drops — what a phenomenal start to the season we have had!”

Crowley placed second in the 200-meter individual medley (2 minutes, 16.57 seconds) and second in the 100 free.

“This was a significant personal record,” Curles said of Crowley’s time in the 200 IM, “and the first time I’ve seen all four strokes come together so cohesively. Technically speaking, it was a very pretty swim.”

Wa-Hi took home third-place finishes in both the 400 free relay and the 200 medley. Natalie Fink, Cheyenne Schoen, Kate Hogan and Crowley swam the 400 relay; while Fink, Crowley, Schoen and Heather Ball combined for the 200 medley relay.

“Heather’s split in this race was great,” Curles said of Ball’s performance in the 200 medley relay. “Almost a five second drop from any other time I have — she’s becoming quite a strong freestyler.”

Elli Rassbach finished the 100 breast stroke in 1:14.29 to take third.

Maya Rapp placed sixth in the 200 free (2:20.66), while Schoen and Fink finished 5-and-6 in the 100 fly.

Fink placed sixth and Rassbach ninth in the 200 IM.

Jordan Barnett dropped five seconds off her 500 freestyle race, swimming the event in 6:10.91 and placing seventh. Maya Rapp and Michaela Hope placed ninth and 10th in the same event.

Richland won the meet with 276 points, while Hanford finished second with 274. Walla Walla scored 175 points in its third-place effort.

“All in all, the girls are continuing to improve, continuing to be there for one another, and continuing to be excited about swimming,” Curles wrote. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Wa-Hi visits Richland Tuesday for a meet with the Bombers.

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