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Blackhawk swimmers compete, but lose at Ellensburg


September 21, 2017

Cheney High’s girls swimming team “did good” in their first turn in the competitive pool last Saturday at Ellensburg. The Blackhawks came up on the short end of the team scoring, however, losing 105-65 to a Bulldogs team Cheney head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said was very experienced and fast.

Isabell Williams notched the only first-place finish for the Blackhawks, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 12.40 seconds, with Echo Mecklenburg not far back in third in 1:18.22. Cheney did have a number of second-place finishes, including all three relays, and landed at least one swimmer in the top three in all 11 events.

Courtney Hanson had a pair of second-place finishes, posting a 2:39.85 in the 200 individual medley and a 1:07.76 in the 100 freestyle. Mecklenburg was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.22, a time Hochwalt was impressed with because it was close to where she finished last season in the same event and hadn’t had any opportunity to work on it in the off season.

Juliet Richards was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:19.73, with Elizabeth Potter second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:27.54. Richards was third in the 500 freestyle, and Evarosa Perry was third in the 200 IM to wrap up Cheney’s individual event results.

In relays, the 200 medley team of Mecklenburg, Hanson, Williams and Zarah Meyer was second in 2:13.18. The 200 freestyle team of Abby Wood, Potter, Meyer and Richards was second in 1:59.73 and the 400 freestyle team of Williams, Mecklenburg, Richards and Hanson second in 4:20.75.

Hochwalt said everyone did well at Ellensburg, including the new swimmers who were “nervous” at their first actual meet.

“Most of the experienced girls had one swim (time) close to where they finished last year, and one that was a little off,” Hochwalt said.

She added that Ellensburg fielded a fairly deep team that was stocked with experienced swimmers. Both top-two Ellensburg swimmers in the 500 freestyle made the state cut, as did the swimmer in the 200 IM.

“The first in the event was right at the state cut, if not under it,” Hochwalt said of all of the events.

Cheney hosts Clarkston in the Blackhawks first home meet of the season this Friday. Start time is 4 p.m. at Eastern Washington University’s pool.

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