Swim team sets new records in Cedar City

By Anthony Militano • The Times-Independent

Twelve schools competed in the Cedar City Invitational swim meet last Friday and Grand County athletes did well – including setting new team records.

“The team likes swimming in Cedar. There’s a lot of talent that shows up at their invitational, which makes everyone swim faster,” said coach Brian Pierce.

Braxten Pierce won first place in the 100-yard fly and broke the old school record with a time of 57.52 seconds. Pierce took second in the 200-yard IM. Pat Pakkarato secured fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and beat his previous time by 3.29 seconds.

“Our Men’s 200 medley relay placed sixth overall, only placing behind bigger 4A and 5A teams. In the process they broke the school record by 2.78 seconds,” Pierce said.

Josie Wakefield placed sixteenth out of 49 in the 100-yard backstroke; Kiersten Kimmerle came in 22nd in the event. “Kimmerle also performed well in Cedar,” Pierce said. “She swam the backstroke for us for her first time and she did great. Her time currently rates her as 29th in the state.”

The swim team will host Millard and Hurricane on Friday, Nov. 30.