On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Grand County High School swim team competed in a quad meet at Emery High School in Castle Dale. The team continues to improve their performance, remaining focused on cutting down time during their swims in order to make qualifying times for the state meet.
Both Red Devil teams scored second-place finishes, with the girls earning 161 points to the Emery Lady Spartans’ 402 points. On the boys’ side, GCHS earned 278 points to the Spartans’ 375 points. North Sanpete finished third, with 92 points on the girls’ side and 130 points on the boys’ side. South Sevier came in fourth with 87 points on the girls’ side and 56 points on the boys’ side.
“Overall the kids swam a great meet,” remarked coach Brian Pierce on the team’s performance, “Their times are continuing to drop each meet. This is a positive trend to establish early in the season. Time is the name of the game in swimming, and qualifying for state will be largely dependent on what the clock reads at the end of the race.”
Unlike some other sports, whether the team wins or loses in season will not affect their overall standing in the state. However, the in-season dual meets are conducted in the same format as the post-season state series, and provide valuable race experience for the swimmers.
“Most are just off their personal best times and several swimmers achieved personal best times,” Pierce said. Corbin Arbon was one such swimmer, who dropped .22 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, to set a total time of 25.25 seconds. Dallin Stucki set two personal records, one in the 100-yard freestyle by 1.26 seconds, and one in the 100-yard breaststroke by .68 seconds.
The girls’ team saw several significant time drops as well. Izzy Becerra set a personal record in her 50-yard freestyle by an impressive 4.48 seconds. In the 100-yard freestyle, Mona Taylor shaved 2.28 seconds and Mary Kimmerle dropped 1.22 seconds.
The boys’ team saw two particularly exciting relay performances. They swam their 4x100-yard freestyle relay 10 seconds faster than at the most recent meet at Cedar City. This race seated them as the second fastest relay in the state this season. The team also dropped more than 8 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay, placing them fourth in the state with a time of 2:01.02.
Pierce said he is excited about the team’s performance after the Emery quad meet. “The team will continue to work hard and put more and more time in the pool,” he said, “With the holidays coming up it will be a challenge to keep everyone in the water, but the team seems motivated to work hard and willing to do whatever is needed to be successful.”
The team competed in a home meet at the Moab Aquatic Center on Tues. Nov 21. It was another quad meet, with GCHS hosting Carbon, Millard, and Gunnison Valley. This was the last meet before the Thanksgiving holidays.