GCHS swim team takes second place at Emery meet
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Senior Wiley Sheldon of Grand competes in the 100-yard backstroke at Castle Dale on Jan. 4.                                                                                       Photo by Jeff Richards
Senior Wiley Sheldon of Grand competes in the 100-yard backstroke at Castle Dale on Jan. 4.  Photo by Jeff Richards
The Grand County High School swim team posted several strong times en route to a second-place finish at a three-team meet held in Castle Dale on Saturday, Jan. 4.

With just 13 swimmers – seven boys and six girls – Grand was unable to compete in one of the three relays in each gender category. Host team Emery fielded two teams in both of the uncontested races (the girls’ 200-yard (4x50) freestyle relay and the boys’ 400-yard (4x100) freestyle relay), sweeping them and accumulating 12 total points in each.

Emery’s girls scored a total of 77 points at the meet, while Grand had 64 and Payson had 10. For the boys, Emery took first place with 88 points to Grand’s 55 and Payson’s 12. The total team scores were as follows: Emery 165, Grand 119, and Payson 22.

“At the end of the holiday break and moratorium, it was hard for us to stay consistent,” said GCHS head coach Brian Pierce. “But it ended up being a good meet for us, and we did see a few of our times drop.”

For the Lady Devils, freshman Alexa Pierce took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 15.61 seconds. Pierce’s teammates Jayelen Knowles and Sadie Bown finished second and third in that same race, posting respective times of 2:39.38 and 2:45.71. Pierce also took first in her other individual event, winning the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:07.90, slightly more than a second slower than her personal best.

In the girls 100-yard freestyle, junior Robin Willscheidt led a top-three sweep for Grand, winning the race with a personal best time of 1:10.94. Also achieving personal bests in that event were second-place finisher Bown (1:16.60) and third-place finisher Mandi Wilkinson (1:16.67).

Willscheidt also posted a personal-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, recording a winning time of 1:18.86. Teammate River Richards took second in that race with a time of 1:23.00.

Grand’s girls won the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Richards, Knowles, Willscheidt, and Pierce posting a time of 4:49.34. The same four girls also placed second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:13.60.

For the Red Devil boys, senior Jackson Knowles won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:09.91, more than 18 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Kayden Parkins of Emery, who finished in 2:28.31. However, Emery still outscored Grand 10-6 in team points for that race, as the Spartans took spots two through five. Knowles also won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:02.47.

GCHS junior Duncan Reidhead established a personal best (and team record) in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 25.42 seconds. He finished second among 11 swimmers in that race, only being edged by Emery’s Justan Potter, who touched the wall first in 25.27. Reidhead also placed second among 15 swimmers in the 100-yard freestyle event, posting a time of 58.04 seconds. Fellow junior C.J. Hren placed fifth in the same event with a time of 1:02.98.

Sophomore Drake Hackney placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:18.45. In addition, senior Treyton Helquist established a new personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking second place among six competitors with a time of 1:14.80.

The Red Devil boys won both of their relay races, posting a time of 1:59.87 in the 200-yard medley relay and a time of 1:46.5 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Grand’s medley relay team consisted of Hren, Helquist, Knowles, and Reidhead, while Hackney replaced Helquist in the freestyle relay race.

Also competing for the Red Devil boys were senior Wiley Sheldon and freshman Ethan Clark.

The Red Devils will next travel to Price for a four-team meet starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. They are also scheduled to compete in a meet at Richfield on Wednesday, Jan. 15, starting at 4 p.m.

“We’ll have some good pressure on us as we get ready for division,” said coach Pierce.

Pierce noted that the 2A South Divisional meet will be held in Castle Dale on Saturday, Jan. 25. Schools expected to participate include Grand, Emery, and Wasatch Academy from Region 15, Delta and Parowan from Region 13, and any 1A schools that have swimmers from Regions 19 and 20. 

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