Red Devil swimmers rule the relays at home meet

On Friday, Dec. 1, the Grand County High School (GCHS) Red Devils hosted a tri-meet at the Moab Aquatic Center. With the Feb. 8 state championship meet approaching, many of the swimmers set new personal records in hopes of achieving state qualifying times.

“The whole team is working hard,” coach Brian Pierce said of the team’s performance. “It is kind of fun to see them get these kind of results.”

On the boys’ side, GCHS took second place with 93 points, while Richfield High School placed first with 114 points, and South Summit High School took third with 57 points.

The GCHS girls also took second place with 72 points. The Richfield girls won the meet with 139 points, and the South Summit girls placed third with 56 points.

Of the swimmers’ individual performances, Pierce said, “Their times are continuing to drop and a lot of them are moving up in the top-50.”

The top-50 is a cumulative list of the fastest times that have been set this season, across all the swimmers among 3A teams in Utah. This list will be important in determining state qualifiers, regardless of in-season meet scores.

One Red Devil swimmer, Mary Kimmerle, set a personal record at the Dec. 1 meet in the 500-yard freestyle event. She dropped 3.57 seconds off her previous best record, placing first in the event with a time of 6:05.15. This time places her third overall in the 3A state bracket.

Trayken Robertson also achieved notable personal records at the Dec. 1 meet. According to Pierce, Robertson cut almost 37 seconds off his 500-yard freestyle performance to achieve a time of 7:25.87.

The Red Devils dominated the meet in the 400-yard freestyle relays on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. The boys’ relay, made up of Braxten Pierce, Dallin Stucki, Connor Ainge and Corbin Arbon, won the event with a time of 4:02.22. They won the event ahead by nearly 43 seconds, as South Summit placed second with a time of 4:45.14.

The GCHS girls won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:46.34. Swimmers Brooklyn Hugentobler, Kiersten Kimmerle, Mona Taylor and Mary Kimmerle finished almost 30 seconds ahead of the South Summit relay squad, which placed second with a time of 5:14.56.

“It’s nice to see time cuts like this,” Pierce said, “but we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We are just about halfway through our season and we have some good meets scheduled ahead of us.”

The Red Devils compete again Friday, Dec. 8 at the Moab Aquatic Center.

ByBy Jacque Garcia

The Times-Independent