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    Aly Bertoch competes in the 200-yard freestyle. Photo by Anthony Militano

    Members of the Grand County Swim team displayed confidence, competence and substantial improvements at a home meet Friday, Nov. 15 at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. Gunnison Valley, Hurricane, Richfield participated in the meet.

    Ryder Murdock sets up on the pad in the boys 200-yard freestyle. Photo by Anthony Militano

    “Everybody had a great day. It was a good swim all around,” coach Brian Pierce said after the meet.

    Pat Pakkarato led the way and took first in the boys 200-yard individual medley, and the 100-yard fly, which he came from behind to win. Camron Stotz picked up first in the 500-yard free; Stryder Young scored second place in that event. Stotz also took second in the 200-yard freestyle. Ricky Shumway took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle.

    Brendan Moore won first in the 100-yard breaststroke. Arthur Hawks took second place in the 100-yard backstroke and missed out on a first place finish by a fraction of a second.

    As a team, Moore, Pakkarato, Hawks and Stryder Young took first place in the 100-yard and bested the second place finisher by more than 12 seconds.

    Camron Stotz in lane 4. Ricky Shumway in lane 5. Both churn it out in the boys 200-yard freestyle. Photo by Anthony Militano

    Second place in the girls breaststroke went to Kyla Jackman. Zoe Warren won third place in the 50-yard freestyle. Aly Bertoch placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle; Mallory Maughan placed eighth in that event.

    In team action, Warren, Bertoch, Kiersten Kimmerle and Josie Wakefield worked hard to win second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Warren chugged away and narrowly fended off a swimmer from Richfield, which brought the raucous crowd alive.

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    Pat Pakkarato wins first place in the boys tightly contested 200-IM relay. Photo by Anthony Militano

    Julia Crane swam the 50-yard and the 100-yard freestyle for the Red Devils and beat both of her seed times. Meeker Relph dropped her time in the 50-yard by more than two seconds. Brayden Larsen and Conor Duniway both shaved time off their 100-yard freestyle scores. According to Pierce, 26 new personal records were broken on Friday.

    The Red Devils swim team is scheduled to attend a meet at Carbon High School in Price on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

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