The Moab Sea Devils youth swim team took second place out of four female teams at the Castle Valley Barracudas Invitational meet held in Price on Jan. 21.
The Sea Devils’ nine female swimmers managed to accumulate a total of 247 team points at the meet, behind only host team Castle Valley Barracudas, who had 334 points. The Barracudas also won the boys division with 238 team points. Other teams attending the meet included the Vernal Vipers, the Sanpete Dragons, and a new team, the Roosevelt Tiger Muskies.
“It was a great meet for our girls,” said Moab Sea Devils head coach Penny Richards. “Out of the 45 or so races we swam, about half of them were personal-best times.”
The Sea Devils won the mixed 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 57.07 seconds. Competing in that race were Louraina Minor, 11, Indiana Richards, 11, Cora Baird, 12, and Priya Sanders, 11. Individually, those same four girls competed in the 50-yard backstroke, with Richards winning in a personal-best time of 42.78 seconds. Baird finished second in 43.81, Sanders was fourth and Minor took fifth. Later, near the end of the meet, the same foursome won the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 2:33.52.
Baird also won the 100-yard individual medley in a time of 1:28.65 and placed in multiple other races. Sanders finished third in the 100-yard medley, with a time of 1:39.91. Both times were personal bests, according to coach Richards.
Eight-year-old Geneva Richards also won multiple races for the Sea Devils, including the 25-yard freestyle, the 25-yard breaststroke, the 25-yard backstroke and the 25-yard butterfly.
Also for Moab, Nora Maloney, 10, took first place in the 100-yard individual medley for ages 10 and under, posting a personal-best time of 1:49.18. Geneva Richards placed third in the same event with a time of 1:54.16, also a personal best. Maloney also did well in other events, including taking second place in the 25-yard breaststroke and third in the 25-yard backstroke.
Maloney and Geneva Richards also swam the middle two legs of the 100-yard mixed medley relay. Leading off that race was 10-year-old Auralee Sanders, while 8-year-old Mia Kimmerle swam the anchor leg. They finished in second place, posting a time of 1:35.75.
Kyla Jackman, 13, won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Sea Devils in a time of 1:33.49. She also placed third in the 100-yard backstroke.
“Our swimmers did great. Everyone has been getting consistently faster throughout the season,” said coach Richards, who added that the Sea Devils will conclude their winter season with a home meet on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center, starting at 9 a.m.