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Blackhawks swimmers sweep Prosser, Grandview


Last updated 10/24/2019 at 1:47pm

CHENEY – Cheney High School’s girls swimming team kept its Great Northern League/Central Washington Athletic Conference record perfect by sweeping a double-dual meet last Thursday at Eastern Washington University’s pool.

The Blackhawks swam to wins over Prosser, 121-50, and Grandview, 125-20, to run their league mark to 6-0, 7-1-1 overall.

Cheney notched first-place finishes in every event, including three 1-2-3 finishes and four 1-2 finishes. Janie Richards and Adelyn O’Dell got the individual events off well for the Blackhawks, with Richards touching the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 7.79 seconds and O’Dell second in 2:24.04. Richards was also first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:06.07.

Jade Gere notched wins in the 50 and 500 freestyle, taking first in the shorter distance with a time of 26.82 and leading a group of Cheney swimmers for a 1-2-3 finish in the longer by winning with a time of 5:53.83. Ally Hughes was second in 7:07.07 while Logan Krantz was third in 7:07.83.

Asia Gere was first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.92, with Echo Mecklenburg second in 1:03.75. Gere was also first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.45, with Izzy Williams second in 1:20.35 and Carol Williams third in 1:30.70.

Izzy Williams took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:26.48, with Mecklenburg second in 2:36.29. Jenae Potter led a trio of Blackhawks that went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall first in 1:19.52, with Hope Zaragoza second in 1:21.08 and Megan Schuller third in 1:23.74.

Cheney swept the relays, with the 200 medley team of Mecklenburg, Jade Gere, Lauren O’Callaghan and O’Dell getting the meet off to a good start with a first-place time of 2:10.14.

Asia Gere, Mecklenburg, Izzy Williams and Richards teamed to win the 200 free relay in 1:50.68, with the team of O’Callaghan, Zaragoza, Rebecca Purviance and O’Dell second in 2:01.81.

The 400-free team of Jade Gere, Richards, Izzy Williams and Asia Gere wrapped up Cheney’s victory with a first-place finish in 4:03.11.

Cheney concludes its regular-season schedule this Saturday by traveling to first-place Pullman. Districts take place at Washington State University’s Gibb Pool Nov. 1-2, with prelims on Friday and finals Saturday.

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