Cheney swimming defeats Clarkston in home opener

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The Cheney High girls swim team came off back-to-back home meets – a 93-35 win over Clarkston in their home opener, Oct. 1 and a 57-116 loss to Pullman, Oct. 3.

In the Clarkston meet, Alexis Schmidt qualified for state in the 200-yard freestyle after winning the event in 2 minutes and 8.33 seconds. Melissa Johnson (2:27.54) took third in the event.

Schmidt set a new season best after she took first in the 100 butterfly in 1.02.95 while Evarosa Perry (1:26.30) was third in the event.

Makenzie Norman qualified for state in the 500 freestyle after she finished in 5:43.79. She also posted a personal best in the 50 freestyle in 25.89. Abby Ward (34.45) and Ammi Hanna (33.59) finished second and third, respectively.

“Both Schmidt and Norman are consistently swimming under state cuts, which will hopefully get them better seeding when it comes to state,” head coach Jennifer Hochwalt said.

Johnson (1:09.17), Courtney Hanson (1:09.80) and Zarah Meyer (1:29.14) took the top three spots in the 100 freestyle.

Other top individual finishers for Cheney included Hanson (2:53.78) and Meghan Krantz (2:57.69) finishing second and third in the 200 individual medley, respectively. Lucy Boston finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:40.22

Krantz (1:18.77) won the 100 backstroke while Abby Ward (1:34.37) finished third.

In team events, Krantz, Boston, Hanson and Hanna won the 200 medley relay in 2:28.46. The team of Norman, Hanson, Johnson and Schmidt took first in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.64.

Norman, Perry, Johnson and Schmidt won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:14.52.

Against Pullman, Norman set a new team record in the 100 backstroke after she finished first in 1:04.09. She also took first in the 100 freestyle in 56.60 seconds.

Schmidt took first in the 200 IM in 2:21.79 and second in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.95.

Other top finishers for Cheney included Hanson (29.78) finishing second in the 50 freestyle and Perry taking third in the 200 freestyle in 2:31.36 and 500 freestyle in 6:45.38.

In team events, Hanson, Wood, Hanna and Perry (2:09.79) finished second in the 200 freestyle relay.

The team of Norman, Hanson, Johnson and Schmidt (2:09.45) took second in the 200 medley relay. Norman, Johnson, Perry and Schmidt finished second in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:17.17.

“Swimming back-to-back meets is tough, you’re concerned about the athletes being tired, but we have a tough group of girls and they performed great,” Hochwalt said.

Cheney travels to Yakima to face Selah, Oct. 8. Hochwalt said it’s fun to swim against Selah, who has a similar number of swimmers as Cheney. She said this week is business as usual and the team will get some more training in the pool.

“We’re four weeks away from districts, it’s time to make that last push to get prepared for that,” Hochwalt said.

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