Hanford Champion
Year: 2009
Team: Swimming
District Champions
Joe Wertz won a pair of titles and Miles Phillips won the 500 freestyle to lead Hanford to the team title at the District 4/5 championships at Propstra Aquatic Center.

Wertz, who signed with Seattle University, won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke -- the latter in a school-record 53.08 seconds. He also anchored the victorious 400 free relay that clinched the team title.

In all, the Falcons earned eight state berths at the district meet. State is in two weeks in Federal Way.

Team scores--Hanford 316, Camas 304, West Valley 188, Columbia River 180, Union 139, Hudson's Bay 88, Fort Vancouver 38.

State Qualifiers

200 medley relay--Camas 1:44.22, Hanford 1:45.07.

200 free--Justin Natyzak (Cam) 1:49.07, Miles Phillips (Han) 1:56.23.

200 IM--Joe Wertz (Han) 1:58.02, Thomas Kuhn (WV) 2:06.54.

50 free--Brent Alexander (Cam) 22.16, Jason Reiter (Cam) 23.23. 100 fly--Kuhn (WV) 55.99, Reiter (Cam) 56.32.

100 free--Alexander (Cam) 49.23, Justin McCarthy (CR) 52.79. 500 free--Phillips (Han) 5:13.20, Connor Sullivan (Cam) 5:23.10.

200 free relay--Camas 1:32.10, Columbia River 1:36.61.

100 back--Wertz (Han) 53.08, Natyzak (Cam) 56.50.

100 breast--James Gray (CR) 1:04.53, Jeff Grindel (Han) 1:05.40.

400 free relay--Hanford 3:27.04, West Valley 3:32.53.

DAY 1 - MEET RESULTS

Joe Wertz finished first in the 200 IM (2:02.51) and 100 back (54.58) for Hanford in 3A district prelims at Propstra Aquatic Center in Vancouver.

Other first-place finishes for the Falcons included Miles Phillips in the 500 free (5:14.07) and Danny Tixier in the 100 breast (1:05.29).

Tixier also placed third in the 200 IM (2:09.88), Jeff Grindel was second in the 100 breast (1:05.92) and Keith Moline third in the 500 free (5:34.63).

"We're looking strong going into (today's) finals," Hanford coach Kathy Piper said.

In 4A prelims at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Cody Roberts swam to top seeds in 100 fly (52.69) and 100 back (56.75) for Richland.

Tyler Pickett finished first in the 200 IM (2:08.65) and 100 breast (1:04.91), and the Bombers' relay teams netted first in the 200 free (1:35.10) and 400 free (3:37.86).