Wa-Hi's Giedeman 2nd in 500 free at state

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FEDERAL WAY — Patrick Giedeman finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:39.61) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:46.62) to highlight Wa-Hi’s performance at the Class 4A state swimming championships that wrapped up here Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center.

“A strong personal record,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said of Giedeman’s swim in the 500. “It was one of the most exciting swims I’ve ever seen. Good swim.”

Wa-Hi’s Jayden Wallace finished 21st in the 100 free (51.58) and 22nd in the 50 free (23.52).

“If he keeps working hard and stays focused, I don’t doubt at all that he will find himself in the consolations or finals next year,” Curles said.

Russell Skorina, a sophomore, was 22nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.81) and 23rd in the 100 fly (56.87).

“He’s really young and I have so many high hopes for him next year,” Curles said. “He’s going to be fast.”

Wa-Hi’s 200 medley relay team — Giedeman, Skorina, Wallace and Josh Bumgarner — was 18th (1:45.94).

“Josh went a lifetime best in his 50 breaststroke split,” Curles said. “Not a bad way to end a successful and happy four-year varsity swimming career.”

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