The Red Devils swim team went to the Region 15 Championships on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Emery High School in Castle Dale. The girls placed third overall out of seven schools. The boys, second out of eight.
Kiersten Kimmerle took fifth in the 50-yard free out of 34 other swimmers. She scored fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Josie Wakefield picked up fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:14.80.
As a team, Kimmerle, Wakefield, Zoe Campbell, and Neelie Relph secured third place in the 200-yard free relay. Campbell, Aly Bertoch, Sadie Farnsworth and Leilani Kennedy placed third in the 400-yard free relay. Wakefield, Kimmerle, Relph, and Izzy Becerra landed at fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay.
According to coach Brian Pierce, five school records were broken by the boys team at Castle Dale. Braxten Pierce finished first in the 200-yard free in 1:50.87; Conner Ainge took third in that event. Pierce shattered the school record 100-yard butterfly with a second-place finish of 55:44; Pat Pakkrato took third in that event; Alex Lacey placed fourth. Pakkrato swam into record territory with a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09:59.
Corbin Arbon placed second in both the 50-yard free and the 100-yard free. Conner Ainge picked up third place in the 500-yard free in 6:16.43; Preston Barlow finished fourth in 500-yard free in 6:18.11.
As a team, the boys broke two records in one event; Arbon, Pierce, Ainge, and Pakkrato won first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:37.94; Pierce swam the first leg of the race in 23.51. The same Grand swimmers came in second and broke a record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a finish time of 3:35.31.
The swim team will advance to the USHAA Finals at Brigham Young University in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 7.