Wa-Hi has chance to evaluate swimmers

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KENNEWICK — Walla Walla High’s girls swimmers had an opportunity to try some new looks during an exhibition meet for the Blue Devils against Kennewick and Southridge at Serier Pool here Thursday.

The Lions and Suns were competing for points, while Wa-Hi’s schedule left the Blue Devils swimming for the experience.

“This was an awesome chance for us to try out some new swims and times and see where we are at in the season,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said.

The Blue Devil 200 Medley relay of Elli Rassbachm, Natalie Fink, Heather Ball and Lacey Klem came in with a time of 2:09.25.

“We are mixing up our relays a bit to play with different combinations, and I was really happy with this combination,” Curles said.

Fink and Klem finished 1-2 overall in the 200 Freestyle, in 2:12.70 and 2:21.35, respectively.

“It was the first time I’ve seen either swim this event, and I was really happy with where they were at,” Curles said.

Rassbach and Hannah Thiel finished 2-3 overall in the 200 Individual Medley, swimming the event in 2:34.99 and 2:40.98, respectively.

“It was a great swim for them both!” Curles said.

Jennifer Cho, Kaelie Coleman and Shelby Gordon all posted strong times in the 50 Freestyle, battling it down to the 10th of the second. Cho swam it in 30.12, Coleman in 30.48 and Gordon in 30.70.

“We are so close to all three of them breaking the 30 mark in an individual event,” Curles said. “I’m excited!”

Mackenzie Hale finished the 100 Fly first overall in 1:05.34, with Grace McKiernan and Sabrina Keenan third and fifth.

“It was the first 100 Fly for both McKiernan and Keenan, and I was really proud of them for rising to the challenge,” Curles said.

Klem and Rassbach finished third and fourth in the 100 Freestyle, in 1:02.98 and 1:04.19, respectively.

Fink, Whitney Lux and Gordon finished third, fourth and fifth.

“It was Fink and Gordon’s first 500 in high school, and a great swim for both,” Curles said.

Thiel, Ball, Fink and Klem finished third in 1:54.30 in the 200 Free relay, in front of teammates Coleman, Gordon, Rassbach and Hale in fourth in 2:02.06. Groom, Gabriel, Cho and Lux were fifth in 2:08.14.

“Our sprinting side really came out this year,” Curles said.

Hale won the 100 Back in 1:06.43.

“It was a fun day to see how flexible she is in all her swimming,” Curles said. “She’s great at rising to the racing occasion.”

Elise Brown and Jennifer Cho finished third and fourth, both finishing with 1:19s.

Thiel led the Blue Devils in the breaststroke with 1:29.07.

“It was a great swim for her!” Curles said.

The 400 Free relay of McKiernan, Coleman, Gabriel and Lux just edged the Southridge team with a time of 4:35.83.

“It was an awesome race!” Curles said.

Brown, Taylor Cook, Maggie Buob and Erica Collins finished third in the 400 Free relay.

The Blue Devils next host Pullman at Whitman College’s Harvey Pool at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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