Sea Devils end season with victory at ‘End of Summer Splash’
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Swimmers dive from the blocks at the start of a race during Moab’s End of Summer Splash meet on Aug. 6. Photos by Jeff Richards
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The Moab Sea Devils community youth swim team ended its summer season on a high note, winning a three-team home meet on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

At the event, billed as the “End of Summer Splash,” Moab’s 25 swimmers bested 19 swimmers from Carbon County’s Castle Valley Barracudas, in addition to five swimmers from Monticello.

“It was a fun meet to end the season,” said Sea Devils head coach Penny Richards. “We had some good, solid performances.”

Leading the way for the Sea Devils were Mary Kimmerle, 12, and Braxten Pierce, 12, who each took first in five individual events, in addition to helping win a couple of relays.

Kimmerle placed first in the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard individual medley, the 50-yard backstroke, the 50-yard butterfly, and the 50-yard freestyle events in her age category. For the Sea Devil boys, Pierce won the 100-yard freestyle, the 50-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard individual medley, 50-yard backstroke, and the 50-yard butterfly events.

Pierce’s older sister Alexa Pierce, 14, battled rival Veronica Ibanez, 14, of the Castle Valley team head-to-head in five separate individual events, with Pierce winning three and Ibanez winning two. In each race, the other girl finished a close second. In the 200-yard freestyle, Ibanez edged Pierce by slightly more than one second, recording a time of 2 minutes,20.67 seconds to Pierce’s 2:21.79. In the 100-yard individual medley, Pierce recorded a time of 1:15.91, narrowly beating Ibanez’s time of 1:16.66. Pierce also won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:12.72, roughly six seconds ahead of Ibanez. Ibanez came back to edge Pierce in the 100-yard butterfly, however, posting a time of 1:14.32, exactly one second faster than Pierce’s 1:15.32. Pierce later won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 29.75 seconds, while Ibanez was second in that race with a time of 31.75 seconds.

Also for the Moab girls in the 13-14 age category, Delanee Olsen won three races, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle, the 50-yard breaststroke, and the 50-yard butterfly. Delanee’s younger sister, Emree, 10, placed first in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard backstroke. Their older brother, Jaydan Olsen, 17, won the 200-yard freestyle event for the boys.

Also taking first in multiple events for the Moab boys was Drake Hackney, 15, who placed first in the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 50-yard freestyle events. Teammate Tyler Moreau, 13, placed first in the 50-yard butterfly.

Indiana Richards, 8, placed first in both the 25-yard breaststroke and the 25-yard butterfly races. Her older sisters London, 12, and River, 14, won the 50-yard breaststroke and 50-yard backstroke, respectively.

Several other Moab swimmers placed second in various events at the meet, including 10-year-old Zoe Kosa, who was second in the 25-yard backstroke, Britney Keogh, 13, who was second in the 50-yard butterfly, and Conner Ainge, 12, who finished second to teammate Braxten Pierce in four separate races. Also, Preston Priest, 10, took second in the 25-yard freestyle.

Emma Millis, 11, also won multiple ribbons for the Sea Devils, finishing as high as fourth place in her races.

In the mixed 100-yard medley relay for kids aged 8 and under, Moab’s Cadence Kasprick, 7, Rhiannon Hren, 7, Indiana Richards, 8, and Nick Hren, 7, placed first with a time of 1:41.87. Castle Valley placed second in that event, while another Moab team placed third. The other Moab team was comprised of Ainsleigh Kasprick, 5, London Niesen, 7, Payton Priest, 8, and Geneva Richards, 5.

Moab also won the mixed 200-yard medley relay for the 11-12 age group. Mary Kimmerle, London Richards, Braxten Pierce, and Conner Ainge swam that event for the Sea Devils. Those same four swimmers also swam the 200-yard freestyle relay at the end of the meet, earning another blue ribbon.

In the 100-yard freestyle relay for ages 9-10, Moab defeated Castle Valley in a close race. Emree Olsen, Stryder Young, 9, Tava Walling, 10, and Zoe Kosa recorded a time of 1:20.57, just ahead of the Barracudas’ time of 1:23.60.

Coach Richards thanked all the parents and volunteers who helped with the meet, including those who assisted with the hand-timing and record keeping. The Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center facility is still about $3,500 short of the funding needed to purchase an automatic timing system with touch pads, a display, and the associated software, she said, adding that both the Sea Devils team and the Grand County High School swim team are continuing in their fund-raising efforts, in conjunction with Moab City Recreation.

After a short break, the Sea Devils team will start up again for the fall-winter season in late September, coach Richards added, noting that specific dates and other registration information will be forthcoming from Moab City Recreation.

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