Walla Walla Who? Hounds Outswim 4A School for Third Time This Season
Coming off of a loss against the 4A Wenatchee Panthers, the boys’ swim team bounced back as they took on Walla Walla High School Saturday, January 12th. The Hounds bested the Blue Devils 129-41, and, once again, emanated dominance across the board. Winning ten of eleven total events, the boys displayed their sheer power in the pool. The 500—the Hounds’ signature event—was definitely a sight to see; sophomore Spencer Armstrong qualified for the State Championships in February with his time of 5:09.25. Another state qualifying time includes freshman Felix Gomez in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, with his times of 56.63 and 58.35, respectively. Additionally, junior Noah Hopkins swam to victory in the 100 backstroke, out-touching Gomez by 0.03 seconds and qualifying for the state meet. In both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, both the A and B relays from Pullman outswam the opposing Walla Walla A relay, and in the 200 freestyle relay, Pullman’s B team came within a second. Other notable swims include junior Holden Ellsworth, swimming a 1:59.19 in the 200 IM, missing his own school record by just a second. The Hounds look to continue their perfect league record as they take on the Selah Vikings on Friday the 18th, and in less than three weeks, the boys will compete in the District Championship, which will be taking place at Gibb Pool on the WSU campus in Pullman. Good luck to the boys as they finish out the regular season and continue on to districts and state.