The Grand County Swim team competed against Emery and Millard on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Emery High School in Castle Dale. The boys took third place with a score of 290 to Millard’s 293 and Emery’s 329. The girls also took third with a score of 97; Millard got 252 and Emery scored 449.
Moab’s Conner Ainge came in third out of 12 other swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13:20. Ainge also took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Braxten Pierce continues to be a Grand powerhouse. He won first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.97. Pierce also nailed first place in the 500-yard free in 5:27:09; Preston Barlow took fourth in that event.
Corbin Arbon had a strong showing in Castle Dale too. He took second in the 100-yard freestyle in 56:18. Arbon also took second in the 50-yard freestyle with 24.53.
Pierce and Arbon typically dominate 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle; when they swim the 50 or 100, Pierce and Arbon consistently place first or second in that event.
Pat Pakkarato got second in the 200-yard individual medley with 2:19:03. Arthur Hawks took third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09:23; Alex Lacy placed fourth. Lacy also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly; Trayken Robertson took fourth in that event.
As a team, Pierce, Lacy, Ainge, and Pakkarato snagged first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay; these swimmers also took second in the 200-yard medley relay.
For the Lady Red Devils, Kiersten Kimmerle placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke out of 15 other girls. Grace Johnston placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle out of 21 other swimmers; Kimmerle took seventh.
The Red Devils will host a multi-meet on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.