Wa-Hi finishes 15th at state swim meet

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Wa-Hi swimmers broke two school records Saturday in Federal Way, Wash., en route to a 15th-place finish at the 32-team Class 4A state meet.

Blue Devils Emma Timm-Ballard, Cheyenne Schoen, Natalie Fink and Abby Crowley set school records in the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.

They finished ninth in the 400 free with a time of 3:41.99, shaving three seconds off the school record set in 2002.

The 200 medley relay finished with a time of 1.54.68, 0.7 seconds better than the school record set in 2004.

“Point seven seconds is a long time in the swim world,” Wa-Hi Katharine Curles said.

Schoen finished 20th in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke (1;11.39) and didn’t qualify for the finals.

“Cheyenne’s (Schoen) finishes at state were a great capstone to her great career at Wa-Hi,” Curles commented.

Timm-Ballard took seventh in the 100 backstroke (58.96) and 200 freestyle (1:57.27).

“Emma’s (Timm-Ballard) swims were phenomenally good,” Curles said. “Her goals were to make the finals in both of her events and she did that. They weren’t lifetime bests finishes but really good.”

Crowley got 13th in the 100 backstroke (1:00.12) and 15th in the 200 individual medley (2;14.03).

“Abby (Crowley) had two awesome swims today,” Curles mentioned. “To participate and reach the finals in two events was really nice for her.”

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