Wa-Hi swimmers finish third at districts


ELLENSBURG — Thirty six of 37 Wa-Hi swimmers made it to the districts consolation or championship finals Friday and Saturday.

“It was feat that not all can boast,” Wa-Hi coach Katharine Curles said.

It meant that every boy that entered for the Blue Devils, made it to the second day to keep competing.

The Blue Devils placed third among 4A schools with 383 team points.

The winner was Moses Lake with 458, followed by Richland with 432.

“All-in-all, we are ecstatic about our swims,” Curles said. “There is so much to celebrate from today and this whole season. We had great swims and have represented our community, school, team and ourselves very well. With such a young team, we have an awesome future ahead of ourselves. We are looking forward to state in two weeks. Jayden Wallace will be swimming the 100 free, Russell Skorina the 100 fly and 100 breast, Pat Giedeman the 200 and 500 free. Josh Bumgarner, Skorina, Giedeman and Wallace finally together in the 200 Medley relay.”

In all, 10 Wa-Hi swimmers finished with personal records in their events.

Some of the top performances at districts for Wa-Hi included a second-place finish by the 200-yard medley relay team (1:44.83) consisting of Giedeman, Bumgarner, Wallace and Skorina.

“The relay swam out of their minds,” Curles said. “It’s good enough for an allocation to state. It was a joy to watch.”

Giedeman finished second (1:48.01) in the 200 yard freestyle and Bumgarner grabbed third in the 300 yard individual medley (2:07.64). Wallace took third (23.40) in the 50 freestyle.

Skorina took third (55.89) in the 100 butterfly and Wallace won the 100 freestyle (51.75). Giedeman also took home medalist honors in the 500 free.

Cole Woelfle, Joe McKeirnan, Braden Kimball and Wallace took third in the 200 free (1:42.30).

Finally, Skorina garnered a second-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.76) while Baumgarner was third (1:04.47).

“Going into the meet, we knew that the top four finishers would be a tough battle between us, Wenatchee, Richland and Moses Lake,” Curles said. “And that it would probably be a big battle between Wenatchee and Walla Wala for third.

“I told our boys time and time again that our depth is where we are superior, and that is what will seal the deal. And it totally came true.”


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