Wa-Hi swimmers finish third at districts

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ELLENSBURG — Walla Walla High School placed third and Blue Devils Tyler Jones and Russell Skorina earned state bids Saturday at the District 5/6/7 swim meet in Ellensburg.

Jones dropped nine seconds off his previous best to win the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes and 45.82 seconds, just out-touching Richland’s Patrick Giedeman, who placed second in 4:45.97. He also made the state cut with a 1:48.75 in the 200 free, good enough for sixth place.

Skorina placed second in the 100 fly and took a state bid with a time of 55.61.

The 200 free (Joe McKiernan, Braden Kimball, Darian Corpus and Jones) and 400 free (Jones, Skorina, Corpus and Kimball) relay teams each placed third and narrowly missed out on state bids, although coach Katharine Curles said the teams were hoping another team will drop out and allow them to attend state instead.

Wiley Townsend placed fifth with a lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.31).

Kimball also placed third in the 50 freestyle (23.32) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (52.96).

“His (Kimball) times were very quick today and he has a shot at a wildcard for state as well,” Curles said.

Corpus led Wa-Hi in the backstroke with a seventh-place finish in the 100, a season-best time of 1:03.88.

“Our depth was amazing, the swims were fast and we have a lot to celebrate,” Curles said.” Almost half of our district team is seniors and it’s wonderful to end on such a positive note for them.”

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