Swimmers take first place at South Summit Invitational

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The Red Devil girls swim team had an outstanding meet at South Summit High School, earning 420 points in a runaway victory, while the boys placed second with 411. The combined scores gave Grand County the overall win at South Summit. File photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County High School swim team took first place by a wide margin at the South Summit Invitational on Friday, Jan. 3, at South Summit High School in Kamas. Juab, Delta, America Leadership Academy and South Summit competed against the Red Devils.

The boys and girls team earned a combined 831 points–over 100 points more than second-place host South Summit.

The girls won first place in the their division with an overwhelming tsunami of 420 points. The boys landed in second place in their section with 411 points.

As a team, Josie Wakefield, Kiersten Kimmerle, Zoe Warren and Neelie Relph earned gold in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard free relay.

Dallin Stucki, Arthur Hawks, Brendan Moore and Camron Stotz also struck gold in the boys 200-yard medley relay. Stryder Young, Arthur Hawks, Brendan Moore and Camron Stotz took second place in the 200-yard free relay.

Zoe Campbell, Mallory Maughan, Meeker Relph and Aly Bertoch swam the girls 400-yard free relay in 5:32.88. Young, Duncan Clark, Ricky Shumway and David Minor swam the boys 400-yard relay in 4:52.40.

In individual action, Hawks took first place in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.56. For the girls, Wakefield glided into first place in the 100-yard backstroke with 1:15.46. Wakefield also picked up third in the 50-yard freestyle.

Mckenna Thornburg earned second place in the girls 100-yard freestyle; Kaistin Oliver took fourth in that event. Stucki took third place in the 100-yard backstroke for the boys, and Neelie Relph landed in fourth place in girls 100-yard backstroke.

Moore placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke and Young earned first in the 500-yard freestyle.

Campbell locked up second place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:32.85 swim time. Neelie Relph landed in fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and Kimmerle took third in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke. Bertoch swam the girls 500-yard freestyle in 7:19.03, less than a second off of first place.

“Both teams swam well. The first meet after the holiday moratorium is always a challenging meet for the kids. We had some fast swims and the teams placed well, overall. This week we are looking forward to getting back into a solid, consistent workout schedule and gearing up for the Cedar Invitational this weekend,” coach Brian Pierce said in an e-mail to The Times-Independent.

The team is scheduled to attend the Cedar Invite on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11, in Cedar City.