“It was a great meet to end the season, and our 13 swimmers turned in some nice performances,” said Sea Devils coach Penny Richards. “We ended up edging past Vernal for second place, even though they had a few more swimmers than we did.”
Host team Castle Valley Barracudas, who had more than 50 of the meet’s 80-plus participants, scored 4,362 team points, while Moab ended up with 1,193. The Vernal Vipers were a close third with 1,124, and the Ephraim Makos were fourth with 332 points.
Eight-year-old Nicholas Hren of Moab took first place in multiple races, winning the 25-yard breaststroke, the 25-yard butterfly, the 25 backstroke, and the 100-yard individual medley (IM) and taking second in the 25-yard freestyle.
Also for the Moab boys, Drake Hackney, 16, placed third in the 50-yard butterfly with a personal-best time of 31.98 seconds. He also recorded a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.63, and took fourth place in the 100-yard IM.
In addition, David Minor, 12, placed second in the 200-yard freestyle.
For the Moab girls, Rhiannon Hren took first place in the 25-yard freestyle with a time of 24.58 seconds and first in the 100-yard IM with a time of 2:00.26. She also placed second in the 25-yard butterfly, the 25-yard backstroke, and the 25-yard breaststroke.
Six-year-old Geneva Richards won three individual races, taking first in her age category in the 25-yard freestyle, the 25-yard backstroke, and the 25-yard butterfly.
London Richards, 13, took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.75. She also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:23.35, the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:07.82, and also took first in the 50-yard butterfly.
River Richards, 15, won the 200-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 100-yard IM. She also placed second in the 50-yard butterfly.
Indiana Richards, 9, narrowly missed getting the first-place medal in the 25-yard backstroke, as the Barracudas’ Katelyn Bower reached the finish line in 22.85 seconds, edging Indiana’s second-place time of 22.92. Indiana Richards also placed second in the 25-yard butterfly.
Also competing for Moab and earning points for placing in both individual and relay events were Emma Millis, 12, Gerald Minor, 10, Alex Lacy, 13, Rowan Phillips, 8, and Louraina Minor, 8.
“It was a nice finish to a successful season. I’m impressed with the amount of improvement our swimmers have shown this summer,” said coach Richards, thanking the athletes and their parents for their ongoing support throughout the summer. “We look forward to seeing everyone in the pool again this fall.”
The Sea Devils will take a break of six to eight weeks before starting practices again for the fall-winter season, Richards said.