Hanford, Richland to meet Saturday for league swim title

January 18, 2013 

The Hanford and Richland boys swimming teams will meet this morning in Yakima for the Eastern Washington Swim League title.

Both teams might be a little tired after their nonleague contests Friday in Ellensburg against Hazen of Renton, but neither squad had trouble against the Highlanders.

Hanford’s Will Wertz won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events in a 102-74 victory over Hazen.

Richland’s Ashton Pollick took the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and Andrew Blanchard swam a blazing 53.15 seconds in the 100 butterfly to lead the Bombers to a 100-83 win.

“We had a good ending relay for them, but we just missed the state cut,” Richland/Hanford coach Kathy Piper said.

The Falcons, however, clocked a Class 3A state-qualifying time of 3 minutes, 25.71 seconds in winning the 400 free relay. Jeevan Philip, Parker Schumacher, Wertz and James Bennett made up the winning team.

Philip also qualified for state with his time of 55.31 in the 100 fly.

Today’s season finale, which also includes Selah, will start at 10 a.m. at Lions Pool.

In Ellensburg

Team scores
—Richland 100, Hazen 83; Hanford 102, Hazen 74.

200 medley relay
—1, Hanford (James Bennett, Andrew Peacock, Jake Douglas, William Wertz) 1:45.56. 200 free—1, Wertz (Han) 1:48.52 (SQ). 200 IM—1, Ashton Pollick (R) 2:08.15. 50 free—1, Malcolm Mitchell (Hazen) 23.72. Diving—1, Mitchell Piper (R) 185.50. 100 fly—1, Andrew Blanchard (R) 53.15 (SQ). 100 free—1, Wertz (Han) 48.82 (SQ). 500 free—1, Luke Jackson (R) 5:03.83. 200 free relay—1, Hazen (Mitchell, Foth, Nelson, Warmenhoven) 1:34.63. 100 back—1, Pollick (R) 55.66 (SQ). 100 breast—1, Tanner Collins (Han) 1:05.01. 400 free relay—1, Hanford (Jeevan Philip, Parker Schumacher, Wertz, Bennett) 3:25.71 (SQ).

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