Sea Devils finish winter swim season with home meet Feb. 18

The Moab Sea Devils youth swim team wrapped up its winter season with a home meet on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“It was a great meet to end our season, and we had some impressive improvements in individual times,” said Sea Devils head coach Penny Richards.

The Moab girls took first place as a team in the girls division, accumulating a total of 652.5 points, while the runner-up Castle Valley Barracudas of Price scored 618. Coming in third place were the Vernal Vipers with 590 points, while the Sanpete Dragons of Gunnison took fourth with 289.5. The Roosevelt Tiger Muskies were fifth with 58 points in the girls division.

In the boys division, Vernal took first place with 672 points, followed by Castle Valley with 626, Roosevelt with 323, Sanpete with 314, and Moab with 142. The Sea Devils had just two boys participating in the swim meet.

The Moab girls, who had 12 swimmers at the meet, were led by Nora Maloney, 10, who swam seven individual races, winning four of them. She also took home the award for the most individual points earned in her age category.

The Sea Devil girls led off the meet with a victory in the 100-yard medley relay for ages 10 and under. Posting a winning time of 1 minute, 34.5 seconds in that event were Auralee Sanders, 9, Maloney, Geneva Richards, 8, and Mia Kimmerle, 8.

Geneva Richards won the 50-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 41.40 seconds. She also won the 100-yard individual medley in a time of 1:56.63. Sanders placed second in her age group in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 47.08, and her older sister, Priya Sanders, 11, established a new personal best in the 100-yard freestyle, taking sixth place with a time of 1:27.23.

Geneva’s older sister Indiana Richards, 11, took second in the 100-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 1:26.61. She also placed third in both the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke events.

Mia Kimmerle’s top individual finish was third place in the 50-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 58.90 seconds. Her older sister, Megan Kimmerle, 11, swam six individual races, with her best finish being first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 3:13.57. She recorded personal-best times in all six of her races, coach Richards said.

Another Moab swimmer who posted personal-best times in all her races was 11-year-old Rhiannon Hren, who swam four individual events and two relays. Her top result was a second-place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 44.75.

Moab also had four 13-year-old girls at the meet, all of whom swam multiple races. Zoe Campbell and Kyla Jackman each swam four individual events, Kendyll Cox swam five, and Jenny Kopell swam six. Jackman won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:34.50.

“All the girls did a great job swimming a variety of strokes and distances, and getting some strong times,” said coach Richards.

Moab’s two male swimmers at the meet were 11-year-old Nicholas Hren and 13-year-old Arthur Hawks. Hren swam five individual events and improved his personal-best times in all five races. He placed third in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:28.57. Hawks, who was swimming in his first-ever competitive meet, also swam in five events, his top effort being a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:58.14.

After a break of about two months, the Sea Devils will resume practicing again in late April, in preparation for the upcoming summer swim season.

ByBy Jeff Richards

The Times-Independent