Wa-Hi boys race past Greyhounds

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WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi swimmers took home first place in eight out of 12 events and scored a 155-131 victory over the visiting Pullman Greyhounds Tuesday night at Whitman’s Harvey Pool.

“Overall, it was an awesome meet,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. “Our boys swam well and have a lot to celebrate.”

The Blue Devil boys opened the meet with their most dominating victory of the night: a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

Wa-Hi’s A team of Patrick Giedeman, Josh Baumgarner, Russell Skorina and Braden Kimball finished the swim in 1 minute and 52.11 seconds, more than 17 seconds faster than Pullman’s A team, which finished in 2:09.29.

“It was fun to start out with a bang,” Curles said. “It got the energy up for the guys, and there were some incredible swims in that race.”

Jayden Wallace and Skorina took second and third for Wa-Hi in the 200 free, respectively. Wallace finished in 2:01.81 and Skorina in 2:03.41.

“Russell, Jayden, and Chris (Woelfle, who took fifth in the 200 free) have had five days of meets in six days due to a club meet, and their finishes were strong, considering how tired they are,” Curles said.

Josh Baumgarner won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.18 and Eddie Kaminsky took third in 2:27.96.

Braden Kimball, in his first action back from an injury suffered during the football season, won the 50 free, finishing a second faster than runner-up Matt Larson in 25.19 seconds.

“Having Braden back competing is so exciting for all of us,” Curles said.

Patrick Giedeman won the 100 fly in 56.52 and Jayden Wallace took first in the 100 free. Kimball finished third in the 100 fly with a 57.96.

Skorina set a personal record with a 5:22.63 swim in the 500 free, good for second place.

“It was a PR and just a well-swum swim,” Curles said.

Wallace, Giedeman, Bumgarner and Kimball won the 200 free in 1:39.07 and Giedeman notched another in in the 100 back with a 59.77.

Wa-Hi took the top two spots in both the 100 back and 100 breast.

Giedeman too first in the backstroke with a 59.77, Kaminsky second in 1:06.64.

Bumgarner won the breaststroke in 1:09.77 and Micah Wilwand took second in 1:16.35.

Wa-Hi capped the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay in 3:47.25.

Wallace, Skorina, Joe McKeirnan and Kaminsky swam that race.

“It was an especially great swim for Joe (McKeirnan) and Eddie (Kaminsky) who dropped multiple seconds to swim their hearts out,” Curles said. “What a race — the entire pool was cheering and the energy was palpable.”

The Blue Devils host Pendleton Tuesday in a senior recognition meet at 6:30 p.m.

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