The Cheney Blackhawks boys’ swimming team began their season, Dec. 11 with a 129-53 loss against 4A Moses Lake.
Despite losing in team points, several Cheney swimmers took the top three spots at the meet. Junior Scott Nadeau qualified for state and finished second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes and 6.30 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:09.81).
Sophomore Trevor Babcock took first in the 100 backstroke (1:02.57). He also placed second in the 200 freestyle.
Junior Brock Jongeward took third in the 300 freestyle and senior Justin Barker finished third in the 100 breaststroke.
In team events, Babcock, Jongeward, Nadeau and Caleb Prophet took first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.17) and second in the 200 medley relay (1:52.52). The team of Barker, Jongeward, sophomore Matt Christensen and junior Arseniy Tepp finished third in the 400 freestyle relay.
Head coach Jennifer Hochwalt was impressed with how her team performed, especially against a 4A school.
“Nadeau made his state cuts and everyone else started where they ended up last year,” Hochwalt said. “I’m very happy with their times.”
After the Blackhawks face Selah and Prosser/Grandview, Dec. 16, in their first league meet of the season, they are scheduled to meet Pullman sometime after Christmas. The date of the meet was unavailable at press time.
Since the Eastern Washington University pool is closed for maintenance and repairs, Cheney has to travel to Spokane Valley to practice. Hochwalt said the team will use the time off during winter break to get “hard work done.