Tri-City Dust Devils

Richland’s Schaef has a big day in the pool

Walla Walla’s Paige Gardner competes in the 100-yard freestyle event Saturday at the 4A girls state swim and dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Gardner finished eighth.
Walla Walla’s Paige Gardner competes in the 100-yard freestyle event Saturday at the 4A girls state swim and dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Gardner finished eighth. joshua.bessex@gateline.com

Richland’s Claire Schaef had a big day at the 4A state swim and dive championships Saturday, turning in a time of 5 minutes, 6.83 seconds to finish third in the 500 free at the at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Schaef also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:54.92, while Walla Walla’s Laurel Skorina was fifth (1:55.63).

The Bombers finished 12th in the team standings with 66 points. Newport (Bellevue) won the team title with 334 points. Walla Walla was ninth (106) to lead the Mid-Columbia Conference teams, while Hanford was 20th (30).

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Richland’s Neomi Mennetrot dives into the water to start the 50-yard freestyle event Saturday at the 4A girls state swim and dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Mennetrot finished 15th. Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com

Paige Gardner of Walla Walla finished seventh in the 500 free in a time of 24.21, while teammate Hally Ruff was 13th overall (25.03).

Gardner also placed eighth in the 100 free with a time of 53.80, and swan the anchor leg on the Blue Devils’ 200 free relay relay that placed fifth (1:39.85) and set a school record. Also on the team were Skorina, Ruff and Hannah Gardner.

Skorina also claimed a seventh-place medal in the 500 free (5:15.59).

The Blue Devils finished the day with a seventh-place finish in the 400 free relay, clocking a time of 3:40.67, less than 1 second shy of their personal best of 3:39.86, which they set Friday in prelims. Skorina led off the race, followed by Ruff, Kyra Hartley and Paige Gardner.

Hartley picked up a team point for Wa-Hi by finishing 16th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.81).

“This is the strongest swim team Wa-Hi has ever had,” Blue Devils coach Nancy Rose wrote in an email.

Richland took eighth in the 400 free relay, despite a blazing 54.41 lap by Schaef on the anchor leg. Also on the team were Neomi Mennetrot, Amanda Wilson and Marcia Kim.

Kim also finished 12 in the 100 backstroke (1:00.51), while Mennetrot was 15th in the 50 free (25.34).

Hanford’s Regan Geldmacher finished 11th in the 200 freestyle (1:57.69), and was 10th in the 500 free (5:13.58).

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Southridge’s Hilary Petersen touched the wall in 24.68 to finish seventh in the 50 free at the state meet at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

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Southridge’s Hilary Petersen finished seventh in the 50 free event Saturday at the 3A girls state swim and dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Courtesy of Sara Petersen

Petersen, a junior, also placed eighth in the 100 free (54.89), while teammate Karma Johnson was 16th in the 500 free (5:34.40).

Kamiakin’s Abby Winstead picked up an eighth-place finish in diving (304.60 points), while Kennewick’s Cheyanne Posey was 13th (290.85).

Also for Kamiakin, Lillian Thurber placed ninth in the 100 backstroke (59.91)

Bellevue won the team title with 281 points, while Southridge was the top MCC team, coming in 23rd with 24 points. Kamiakin was 26th (20), and Kennewick 32nd (4).

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