The Moab Sea Devils youth swim team defeated the Castle Valley Barracudas in a head-to-head swim meet held Saturday, Jan. 5 at Price.
According to coach Penny Richards, the Sea Devil girls outscored the Barracudas 984 to 449. Although the Barracuda boys had 780 points to Moab’s 508, the Sea Devils emerged as the overall winners with a total final score of 1,780 to 1,475, Richards said.
“A lot of our times were off, with many swimmers adding two or three seconds to their best times,” Richards said. “Many of the kids hadn’t been working out regularly during the holiday break. Still, we did have some swimmers who cut their best times.”
Richards noted that 12-year-old Braxten Pierce knocked more than four and a half seconds off his previous best in the 100-yard individual medley, recording a time of 1 minute, 19.17 seconds.
Coach Richards said other Sea Devils swimmers who improved their times in one or more races included Tava Walling, 10, Mary Kimmerle, 12, Tyler Moreau, 12, Jessica Anderson, 10, and Jayelen Knowles, 14.
Moab’s 20 youth-team swimmers participated in 62 races during the meet, including a couple of male-female mixed relays, which are not normally staged.
In one such event, Kimmerle, Brennan Keogh, 12, London Richards, 11, and Pierce each swam 50-yard freestyle legs in the 200-yard mixed relay event. That relay team recorded a time of 2:41.84.
The Sea Devils are next scheduled to compete at a meet in Vernal on Saturday, Feb. 2.