Wa-Hi swims outdoors in Tri-Cities Championships

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RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School girls swimming team tried to hang onto summer here Saturday in swimming action at the Tri-Cities Championships. The Blue Devils competed at Richland’s outdoor Prout Pool in a meet that host Richland won with 309 points. The Blue Devils came home fifth.

Mackenzie Hale posted the best Blue Devil finish of the day as Hale took second in the 500 freestyle. Hale swam a 5:41.44 to touch second. Hale swam a 2:26.70 in the 200 individual medley to earn Wa-Hi third place.

The medley relay team of Hale, Natalie Fink, Heather Ball and Lacey Klem finished fifth in 2:09.01. Klem added a fifth in the breaststroke to her day. Klem swam a 1:23.76 to earn fifth.

Ball led Wa-Hi in the 50 free with a swim of 28.96 to finish sixth. Ball was the first Blue Devil to touch in the 100 butterfly as Ball was seventh in 1:13.54.

“All their swims were a bit off their best times,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said. “But considering the temperature and the weather, I was happy with their swims. It will be fun to have those races indoors again.”

In other results, Shelby Gordon led the backstrokers with a seventh place in 1:15.37. Alexis Groom’s 12th led the Blue Devil 100 free entrants.

“It was a frigid but fun meet,” Curles said. “Overall, our team was tired today. We have had two meets a week the last two weeks and are at the peak of intensity in our practices. Its great to be tired, because that means that when you’re rested, we’ll do even better.”

Wa-Hi hosts the Blue Sun Invite at Whitman College Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to swimming indoors for the remainder of the season,” Curles concluded.

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