The Hanford Falcons survived a close call against the Kamiakin Braves, winning 96-90 in a Mid-Columbia Conference showdown Tuesday in Kennewick as the meet came down to the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Hanford held an 88-84 lead after 11 events. The Falcons’ 400 free relay team of Megan Gelston, Shelby Schumacher and Kayla and Haylee Burnight won in 4 minutes, 8.34 seconds to earn eight points. The second- and third-place teams from Kamiakin combined for six points.
Maddie Elliott (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Gelston (100 butterfly, 500 freestyle) and Kayla Burnight (100 and 200 free) were double winners for the Falcons. Hanford’s Kayla Lasater broke 200 points to win the diving competition.
Madison Thurber led a 1-2-3 Kamiakin finish in the 100 backstroke. She also won the 50 free. The Braves, however, stayed close throughout the meet thanks to their depth. They finished 2-3-4 in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 100 breast and earned nine points for each event.
Meanwhile, Richland cruised to a 137-49 victory against the Suns. Richland swimmers took first in every except for the 100 free, won by Southridge senior Rachel Schafer.
Richland’s Claire Schaef won the 200 IM and 100 fly, and BreAnn Bell took the 200 free and 100 backstroke.