The Grand County High School swim team competed in two separate meets over a two-day span last weekend.
On Friday, Jan. 4, the Red Devils, with 16 total swimmers, placed third out of four teams at a meet in Delta, Utah. Also competing at that event were Cedar City, Grantsville and Delta high schools.
According to GCHS head coach Brian Pierce, team captain Jackson Knowles, a junior, continued to make a strong showing, taking third place out of 10 in the 200-meter freestyle and placing second out of eight in the 100-meter butterfly. Duncan Reidhead placed fifth out of 22 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle, shaving 0.41 seconds off his previous best time, Pierce said, adding that Reidhead also finished fifth out of 13 competitors in the 100-meter freestyle.
The Red Devil boys placed fourth out of seven in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of two minutes, 27.25 seconds. Reidhead and Knowles were joined by teammates Drake Hackney and Treyton Helquist in that event.
For the GCHS girls, freshman Robin Willscheidt placed first out of five competitors in the 100-meter breaststroke, Pierce said. Kayla Weston took fifth out of 20 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle event at Delta, posting a time of 37.07. Pierce said that Weston also placed second out of 12 swimmers in the 100-meter freestyle event, with a time of 1:28.12. Junior Sierra Indergard took seventh place in the 50-meter freestyle, logging a new best time of 37.60. Indergard also placed fifth out of nine swimmers in the 100-meter backstroke.
Grand’s Katie Winget placed seventh out of 12 with a time of 1:47.87 in the 100-meter freestyle and Gaby Meyer took third place in the 400-meter freestyle, Pierce said.
“Delta has a 25-meter pool so the times are a little higher than they would be if we swam in a regular 25-yard pool,” Pierce said, noting that the times are later standardized for comparison purposes.
On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Red Devils competed in another four-team meet at Richfield. The meet also included Cedar City and Uintah high schools.
“We had to change some things up this meet and some kids swam events that they hadn’t swam before,” Pierce said.
In the Richfield meet, Knowles placed third out of 13 in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.64, Pierce said. Knowles also took second out of nine in the 100-yard butterfly.
“It was a very close race,” Pierce said. “Knowles held Kollin Maxwell of Cedar off until the last 10 yards of the race, but Maxwell pulled ahead for the win.”
Reidhead took sixth place out of 18 in the 50-yard freestyle, dropping his best time from 27.75 to 27.33. Reidhead also shaved off 0.29 seconds from his previous best in the 100-yard freestyle race, dropping his time from 1:03.55 to 1:03.26 and placing fifth out of 16.
Knowles, Reidhead, Hackney and River Murdock placed third out of nine relay teams in the boys 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.38. They also placed fourth from a field of seven teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:22.56, Pierce said.
“River Murdock also swam the 500 freestyle for us, which is a tough race and helped score some points for the team,” Pierce said.
For the Lady Devils at Richfield, Willscheidt placed second out of eight in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:28.22. Weston took eighth place out 16 in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 32.43.
“Gaby Meyer continued to show improvement, cutting time off both her races,” Pierce said, noting that Meyer shaved 8.3 seconds off her time in the 200-yard freestyle and 4.7 seconds off her time in the 100-yard freestyle.
“Katie Winget also swam the 500-yard freestyle for the first time this year and did a great job for us,” Pierce said.
He said Grand’s swimmers experienced some difficulties during the Richfield event.
“The team struggled a bit at this meet and their times showed that,” Pierce said. “I’m sure the break over the holidays contributed to this. I was worried that would happen. Swimming is one of those sports that if you don’t use it you lose it. But we will move on and start getting back into shape and ready for region.”
The Region 12 meet is scheduled for Jan. 25 and 26 in Price, with the state meet to follow two weeks later, on Feb. 8 and 9 at Brigham Young University in Provo.