Red Devils continue to improve times at two Richfield swim meets
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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C.J. Hren of Grand competes in Richfield on Jan. 15.                                                        Photo by John Knowles
C.J. Hren of Grand competes in Richfield on Jan. 15. Photo by John Knowles
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Grand County High School’s swim team competed twice at Richfield last week, in what amounted to its final two regular season meets before the upcoming divisionals.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Grand took 13 swimmers to compete head-to-head against host Richfield, a 3A school. The Richfield girls outscored the Lady Devils 101-60, while the Wildcat boys scored 97 points to Grand’s 67. A third school, South Sevier, had one swimmer at the meet, Allie Robinson, who scored 4 points.

Those winning individual races for Grand boys at that meet included senior Jackson Knowles, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 10.19 seconds, and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.80. Both times were slightly slower than his personal bests. GCHS junior Duncan Reidhead swam the 100-yard freestyle in 59.08 seconds, taking first in that event. Teammate C.J. Hren, also a junior, placed second in the same race with a time of 1:02.38, a personal best. Also, Grand sophomore Drake Hackney established a new personal best in winning the 50-yard freestyle in 27.79 seconds, and senior Treyton Helquist won the 100-yard breaststroke race in a time of 1:15.03.

Grand’s boys also won both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay events.

For the GCHS girls, freshman Alexa Pierce won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:09.36, and also took first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.98. In addition, junior Robin Willscheidt won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:20.16, while freshman teammate River Richards finished second in that race with a time of 1:23.95. Richards also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:29.81. Sophomore Mandy Wilkinson won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:14.63, a personal best time.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Grand took just eight of its swimmers to participate in a bonus event that was not part of the Red Devils’ original schedule. That event was a mini-invitational meet at Richfield that also featured swimmers from Uintah, Cedar City and Payson high schools.

At the Jan. 18 meet, Hackney shaved off additional time in the 50-yard freestyle, taking eighth place overall with a time of 27.53 seconds. Hren also swam a personal-best of 1:01.79 in the 100-yard freestyle, placing fifth overall. GCHS teammate Jackson Knowles placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.04.

For the GCHS girls on Saturday in Richfield, Pierce won both of her individual events, recording a time of 1:07.22 in the 100-yard backstroke and a time of 1:05.30 in the 100-yard butterfly. Richards won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:23.35.

“Our swimmers have been working really hard,” said GCHS head coach Brian Pierce. “We went to three meets in an eight-day period. We’re just trying to get everyone at their peak [for region and state] and get more swimmers qualified for state.”

The Red Devils will next compete at the 2A South divisional meet in Castle Dale on Saturday, Jan. 25, starting at 10 a.m. That meet will be the final qualifying event before the 2A state meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 13 at Brigham Young University in Provo.

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