Size Doesn't Matter - PHS Out-swims Six 4A Schools at Walla Walla Invitational
After a promising start to the season in Yakima, the Pullman High boys’ swim team, yet again, showed their sheer dominance at the Walla Walla Invitational. Taking on six 4A schools—including Camas, last year’s 4A state champs—the Greyhounds swam their way to victory, placing first by nearly 200 points, with a final score of 551. The Blue Devils of Walla Walla High (4A) came trailing behind with a score of 382. Junior Holden Ellsworth did his part in helping the boys to their 169 point victory. He placed first in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke with his times of 1:47.60 and 53.03, respectively. Ellsworth also led the 200 medley relay, helping the team made up of himself, freshman Felix Gomez, junior Simon Brannan, and senior Josh Joireman, to a 1:41.33 finish and besting the Hanford relay by exactly one second. Other notable swims include Joireman’s 2nd place finishes in both the 50 and the 500, qualifying for state in the latter by more than four seconds. Gomez, the star breaststroker for Pullman High, came within 0.1 seconds of a 1st place finish, swimming a 1:03.12 and qualifying for the state meet in February. Swimming six state qualifying times, the boys have a promising season ahead of them. “It was such a great meet. It’s so much fun to swim against those big schools, and to come out on top, man, that feels good,” says Joireman. Next Saturday they will take on Cheney at home, looking to drop time.