Grand County had seven best times and a total of 33 personal records at the meet, which marked the season’s halfway point.
Head Coach Brian Pierce had particular praise for the Lady Red Devils. “The team is quite young, but getting better each meet,” Pierce said.
“Kiersten Kimmerle continued to reduce her time in the 50 freestyle. She dropped .38. Kiersten has been working hard at practice this week ... it definitely showed this weekend. Point 38 seconds is a big drop in the 50 because it’s such a short race.”
According to Pierce, Neelie Relph has competed in mid-distance and distance events for the team and she has shown “big improvements.” Relph placed 22nd out of 40 girls in the 200-yard free. “Aly Bertoch and Zoe Campbell, both freshmen, dropped time in their individual events,” Pierce said.
The boys did well in Tooele. Braxten Pierce won first place in the 200-yard and the 500-yard freestyle. Pat Pakkarato took second in the 100-yard fly and third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Corbin Arbon placed fourth out of 101 other swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle. Arbon also placed ninth out of 95 other boys in the 100-yard freestyle.
“We had a few guys step up and swim some events that they haven’t before. Trayken Robertson did an outstanding job swimming the 100 butterfly for us for his first time ever. The 100 fly is definitely one of the harder events to swim,” said Pierce.
“You have to have a lot of timing, strength and endurance for that event. Conner Ainge had a solid meet, as well. His performance helped the men’s 200 freestyle relay swim to a second-place finish.”
The Red Devils compete in Emery Thursday, Dec. 20.