Sea Devils score big wins at Price swim meet
by Jeff Richards
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Moab’s Preston Priest, 9, prepares for the start of a race at Price on July 10 as Sea Devils coach Penny Richards watches. Photo by Jeff Richards
Moab’s Preston Priest, 9, prepares for the start of a race at Price on July 10 as Sea Devils coach Penny Richards watches. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Moab Sea Devils swim team scored several strong wins last week during a three-team swim competition held in Price, Utah, on Tuesday, July 10.

According to Sea Devils coach Penny Richards, Moab had 26 swimmers participate in 116 total races. The host team, the Castle Valley Barracudas, won the overall meet by earning 3,405 total points to Moab’s 2,111 points. The Dayo Piranhas of Delta, Utah, came in at third place with 354 points, despite fielding only a few athletes at the meet.

Moab’s swimmers turned in several strong performances, Richards said.

Braxten Pierce, 11, won three individual events for the Sea Devils. He placed first in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 39.18. He also won the 50-yard butterfly in a time of 42.67 and placed first in the 100-yard individual medley, posting a time of 1:24.86, more than 20 seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

Pierce also helped the Sea Devil boys win a pair of relays. He teamed with Tyler Moreau, 11, Preston Priest, 9, and Chris Hren, 12, to win both the 200-meter freestyle relay and the 100-yard medley relay.

Moab’s older boys also placed first in their 200-yard medley relay, with Alan Snow, C.J. Hren, Jackson Knowles, and Macrae Olsen posting a time of 2:27.60.

Knowles, 16, also took first in the 50-yard freestyle race for his age group, posting a time of 28.31 seconds. Teammate C.J. Hren, 15, came in a close second place at 29.12.

Knowles also won the 100-yard backstroke (1:29.65) the 50-yard butterfly (31.56), the 100-yard individual medley (1:19.12), and the 100-yard freestyle (1:06.83).

C.J. Hren won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:32.92.

Moab also won the 200-yard freestyle relay for boys aged 15-18, with Knowles, Macrae Olsen, Drake Hackney, and C.J. Hren posting a time of 2:16.03.

In the girls’ events, the Sea Devils won the 200-yard medley relay for 11- and 12-year-olds, with Mary Kimmerle, 11, London Richards, 11, Zipporah Merrell, 12, and Taylor Beeson, 12, recording a time of 3:13.62. The first three girls later teamed with Delanee Olsen, 12, to place first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay for girls ages 13 and 14, Alexa Pierce, 13, who has missed most of the season due to a broken ankle suffered in a softball game this spring, borrowed a suit and got in the water to swim the third leg of the race.

“It felt good to be in the water again,” said Pierce, who joined teammates River Richards, 13, Jayelen Knowles, 13, and Ellie Kelly, 13, to take second place with a time of 2:26.56. Castle Valley’s team came in first with a time of 2:11.46.

In girls individual events, Merrell placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 33.56. Merrell also won the 50-yard butterfly in a time of 40.50, and the 100-yard freestyle event in a time of 1:14.89.

The closest race of the day was the 25-yard breaststroke for girls ages 9 and 10. In that event, Moab’s Kiersten Kimmerle, 10, was trailing in fourth place until the very last stroke, when she reached out and touched the wall first, beating teammate Emree Olsen, 9, by three-hundredths of a second. Kimmerle’s time was 26.21, while Olsen’s was 26.24. Two Castle Valley Baraccuda swimmers were right behind them, with Nicole Swasey coming in at third place with a time of 26.44 and Sofia Crompton placing fourth with a time of 26.79.

In the 25-yard backstroke for girls age 6 and under, Payton Priest, 6, placed first with a time of 36.52. Priest also won the 25-yard butterfly in 35.95, the 25-yard freestyle in 29.81, and the 25-yard breaststroke in 49.39.

In the 25-yard butterfly event for girls ages 9 and 10, Emree Olsen finished first with a time of 26:38.

River Richards won the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:36.12. Her younger sister, Indiana, 7, placed first in the 50-yard freestyle competition for her age category, with a time of 1:10.61.

The Sea Devils are scheduled to travel to Richfield this coming weekend, July 20-21, for a two-day invitational meet there. The Sea Devils’ next home meet is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, when they will host the Barracudas from Price in a dual meet.

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