YAKIMA — Nine first-place victories and superior depth were the difference in Wa-Hi’s victory over West Valley in boys swimming action here Saturday, according to coach Katharine Curles.
The Blue Devils locked horns with the Rams and came away with a 108-75 triumph.
“Our 200 medley relays placed one-three-four,” Curles said. “Our A relay of Patrick Giedeman, Josh Bumgarner, Russell Skorina, and Jayden Wallace attained a time of 1:49.25, just edging out West Valley’s A relay team of Kian Hausken, Austin Dean, Dawson Finley, and Nathan Mattheis who swam it in 1:49.60. Our B team of Eddie Kaminsky, Darian Corpus, Bryan Lopez-Vargas, and Braden Kimball finished in 2:01.40 – a very strong time.”
Giedeman and Tyler Jones finished one-two in the 200 freestyle. Giedeman swam it in 1:53.60 and Jones in 2:00.22. West Valley’s fastest competitor was Dawson Finley, who swam the race in 2:06.74.
Bumgarner, Corpus, and Lopez-Vargas “absolutely dominated the 200 individual medley,” Curles said, finishing one-two-three. Bumgarner swam the event in 2:12.57, Corpus in 2:27.66, and Lopez-Vargas in 2:28.31.
“Bryan and Darian just barely edged out West Valley’s Lester Ryan,” Curles said.
Wallace placed first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.59. Kimball came in third in 25.18, and Cole Woelfle fifth with 27.63.
In the 100 fly, Skorina finished first in 56.48, just one second off the sought-out state cut. Ryder Magnaghi came in third in 1:05.71, “a phenomenal swim for him,” Curles said. George Lopez-Vargas finished in fifth at 1:12.87.
Giedeman and Wallace placed two-three in the 100 free in 52.13 and 54.80, respectively. Kimball finished fifth in 57.31.
Jones “continued his recent streak of great swimming in the 500 freestyle, finishing first by nearly 45 seconds with a personal-best swim of 5:14.63,” Curles said.
Adan Gutierrez and Chris Yaw finished four-five.
Walla Walla finished one-three in the 200 freestyle relay, in a three-way race with West Valley’s A team. In the end, Walla Walla’s A team of Jones, Woelfle, Magnaghi, and Kimball finished first with 1:46.77 and “our B team of Corpus, Izaac Ewing, Joe McKiernan, and Lopez-Vargas finished third with a time of 1:48.65,” Curles said. “It was such a fun race to watch!”
The Blue Devil backstroke squad of Corpus, Eddie Kaminsky, and Lopez-Vargas finished three-four-five.
Skorina achieved his second first-place finish of the day in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:06.02.
Bumgarner “was right on his tail, finishing in 1:06.68,” Curles said. “Micah Wilwand had a close race and finished fourth with 1:18.27.”
Wa-Hi’s 400 free relays finished 1-3 to seal the win. The A team of Giedeman, Wallace, Skorina, and Bumgarner finished in 3:38.61 to claim the top spot.
“Overall, we did not have a lot of personal records today, but that’s to be expected at this time of the season,” Curles said. “The boys are broken down and have been working hard. This week, we will begin resting the boys who are not going to districts, and next week, the boys who will be attending districts will begin their break and taper.
“The spirit of our team is good despite their exhaustion, and that sets up for a great last four weeks of the season,” Curles said.
The victory over West Valley leaves the Blue Devils third in the league standings.
“Not a bad place to be for such a young team,” Curles said.
Wa-Hi ends its regular season next Saturday with a duel meet at Wenatchee.