Wa-Hi swims past Bucks


WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s boys swim team handed Pendleton a 98-72 defeat at Whitman College’s Harvey Pool Tuesday night.

“We began the meet with a kick,” Blue Devil coach Katharine Curles said. “Our 200 Medley Relay placed first, third and fourth. I was really happy with all three of those relays. Our B team, particularly, made up of Eddie Kaminsky, Micah Wilwand, Tyler Jones and Braden Kimball, had some great times individually.

“Tyler Jones, overall, had one of the most spectacular mid-season meets I have ever witnessed,” she said. “He achieved best, or near-best, times in every event and was on fire.”

Patrick Giedeman won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:50.51, .01 seconds off the state cut.

“It was a very well executed swim,” Curles said.

Eric Cho and Chris Yaw placed third and fourth.

“Eric’s time of 2:16.21 was a great swim,” Curles said.

Josh Bumgarner won the 200 Individual Medley in 2:08.23.

Eddie Kaminsky placed fourth in 2:29.37.

“Josh’s time was near a PR, an incredible place to be before we go into districts,” Curles said.

Jayden Wallace, Kimball and Joe McKeirnan placed 2-3-4 in the 50 Free.

“Braden and Joe achieved personal records, and it was so fun to watch them all race,” Curles said.

“The 100 Fly was a great race, featuring the underclassmen,” she said. “Tyler Jones, a sophomore, placed first with a PR of 1:01.35. Bryan Lopez-Vargas placed third with a PR of 1:05.06. Darian Corpus finished fourth in 1:07.60. It was a PR for Darian as well. Their swims tell me that Wa-Hi has a great future in men’s swimming.”

Giedeman finished first in the 100 Free in 51.58. Wallace finished third with 55.61 and Kimball fourth in 56.99.

“We had another underclassmen-featured event in the 500,” Curles said. “Chris Yaw placed second with an 11-second PR of 6:07.Adan Guitierrez placed third and Joe McKeirnan fourth. Adan dropped two seconds and Joe, 13.”

Wa-Hi’s 200 Free Relay team of Kimball, Ryder Magnaghi, Corpus, and Cho finished second in 1:44.76.

Jones and Corpus swam the 100 Back and finished 2-3. Justin Seymour finished in fifth.

Russell Skorina, Josh Bumgarner, and Wilwand finshed 1-3-4 in the 100 Breast.

“We recognized our eight seniors tonight, because it was our last home meet,” Curles said. “Our seniors were Josh Bumgarner (captain and four-year swimmer), Jackson Turner, Justin Helm, Konor Clark, Dallin Anderson, Nik Miner, Luke Reardon and John Gossett. Thanks to all our seniors and families!”

Wa-Hi next heads to Yakima’s Lion’s Pool to face West Valley on Saturday.


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