Grand swimmers compete at Cedar City Invitational
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Treyton Helquist swims at the Cedar City Invitational meet on Nov. 16. Photo by Wade Snow
Treyton Helquist swims at the Cedar City Invitational meet on Nov. 16. Photo by Wade Snow
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The Grand County High School swim team finished 13th out of 18 schools competing at the Cedar City Invitational meet held Nov. 15 and 16.

“We had some strong performances against very tough competition,” said GCHS coach Brian Pierce, who noted that the meet included mostly larger schools in the 3A, 4A, and even 5A classifications.

Grand’s girls team racked up 88 total points to take 10th place overall, while the Red Devil boys added 20 more team points to give Grand a total of 108.

Davis High School won the meet with 687 points, edging host school Cedar City, which finished in second place with 635 team points.

Among 2A schools at the meet, Grand finished in second place overall, only three points behind Emery’s 111 total team points, Pierce said.

Grand led off the meet with a strong ninth-place finish among 27 relay teams in the girls 200-yard medley relay. River Richards, Robin Willscheidt, Alexa Pierce and Jayelen Knowles recorded a time of 2 minutes, 15.5 seconds in that event. Grand’s boys relay teams placed 18th and 25th, respectively, in the boys 200-yard medley.

Senior Jackson Knowles of Grand took 16th place among 106 competitors in the boys 50-yard freestyle race, finishing in a time of 25.96 seconds. Knowles also placed 10th out of 31 competitors in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.68.

GCHS freshman Alexa Pierce, with a time of 1:06.60, took first place among the 65 competitors in the girls 100-yard backstroke. She also placed third overall among 31 swimmers in the girls 100-yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:07.64.

Jayelen Knowles, a freshman, placed 12th of 20 in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 7:14.45.

In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, two swimmers placed in the top 16 and earned points for Grand: junior Willscheidt finished sixth with a time of 1:22.56, while freshman teammate Richards took 13th with a time of 1:25.00. That race featured a total of 44 swimmers.

Grand’s girls placed 11th among the 22 teams in the 4x100 freestyle relay, posting a time of 4:42.86. Alexa Pierce swam the first 100 yards in a personal-best time of 58.85 seconds. She was followed by teammates Mandie Wilkinson, Jayelen Knowles, and Richards in that race.

Other swimmers who competed for Grand at the meet included Duncan Reidhead, Drake Hackney, C.J. Hren, Treyton Helquist., Alan Snow, Wiley Sheldon, and River Murdock for the boys, and Cora Johnston, Savanna Christensen, and Sadie Bown for the girls.

“Several of our athletes, even though they may not have placed highly at the meet, still got personal-best times in multiple events,” said coach Pierce. “Everyone swam well and showed improvement.”

This week, Grand was scheduled to compete in a three-team meet at South Summit High School on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with swimmers from the Oakley School also scheduled to participate.

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