Moab Sea Devils compete at Vernal Summer Splash
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Nicholas Hren, 8, swims the butterfly at a Vernal swim meet on June 21. Photo by Jeff Richards
Nicholas Hren, 8, swims the butterfly at a Vernal swim meet on June 21. Photo by Jeff Richards
With 11 youth swimmers competing, the Moab Sea Devils took third place out of four teams at the Summer Splash Invitational meet in Vernal on Saturday, June 21.

According to Sea Devils head coach Penny Richards, the host team Vernal Vipers earned a total of 2,122 points at the meet, while the Castle Valley Barracudas of Price took second with 1,292. The Moab Sea Devils scored 910 points, and the fourth-place Mako Sharks from Ephraim scored 532 points.

“We had a great time. Vernal is always a fun meet,” coach Richards said, adding, “We had several swimmers win races, and some who cut their personal-best times.”

Eight-year-old twins Nicholas and Rhiannon Hren of Moab each won multiple events, with Nicholas Hren taking first place in the 25-yard and 50-yard freestyle races, the 100-yard individual medley, the 25-yard backstroke, the 25-yard butterfly and the 25-yard breaststroke. Rhiannon Hren placed first in the 25-yard backstroke, the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard breaststroke.

In the 9-10 age category, Indiana Richards, 9, won the 25-yard butterfly, the 100-yard individual medley and the 25-yard backstroke. In the 13-and-older age category, River Richards, 15, won the 100-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 17.67 seconds. River Richards also finished second to 13-year-old teammate Mary Kimmerle in three races, as Kimmerle won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:15.62, the 50-yard freestyle in 29.44 and the 200-yard individual medley in 2:44.37.

Also for Moab, Drake Hackney, 16, won both the 50-yard butterfly (33.29) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:56.17). London Richards, 13, placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, second in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle. She also swam the fourth and final leg of the 200-yard mixed medley relay, as the Sea Devils narrowly edged the Barracudas at the finish line.

Also competing and earning points for the Sea Devils at the meet were Kiersten Kimmerle, 12, Megan Kimmerle, 8, Emma Millis, 12, and Geneva Richards, 6. Each placed among the top five in one or more events.

The Sea Devils will next compete at Price on Tuesday, July 1, followed by meets at Richfield on July 18 and 19, and at Price again on Aug. 2.

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