Pakkarato medals at state

Swimmers do well at championships

the high school swim team poses for a photo at the state championships
Members of the Grand County High Red Devil swim team take the time for a group photo during last weekend’s state championships. Courtesy photo

There will be no repeat.

The Grand County swim team finished up the season at the USHAA 3A Championship on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8, at Brigham Young University in Provo.

The Grand County boys were the defending 3A Champions and after 22 events, they took fifth place overall out of 25 competing schools. The Lady Red Devils after 22 events, landed in 11th place out of 21 schools.

According to coach Brian Pierce, as a team, 32 personal records and a few school records were broken. The boys team was young, but they “worked together and swam very strong. All the girls dropped time in their swims at state,” Pierce said.

Pat Pakkarato was the top Devil. The silver medal in the boys 100-yard butterfly went to him in 56.24 and Pakkarato took the bronze in the boys 200-yard individual medley.

Fifth place in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay went to Dallin Stucki, Ricky Shumway, Brendan Moore and Camron Stotz.

Stryder Young, Pakkarato, Moore and Arthur Hawks took fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. Hawks earned fifth place in the 100-yard backstroke and was narrowly edged out of fourth place; Stucki picked up ninth place in the boys 100-yard backstroke. Stotz swam the big 500-yard freestyle in 5:58.87 and he finished in the 13 position in the 200-yard freestyle. Hawks swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.34.

The girls team consisting of Josie Wakefield, Nellie Relph, Kiersten Kimmerle, and Zoe Warren locked up eighth in the 400-yard freestyle.

Kyla Jackman, Warren, Relph and Kimmerle scored eighth in the girls 200-yard medley relay.

“Two of our captains, seniors Josie Wakefield and Kiersten Kimmerle had great meets. Josie had four PRs, including her leadoff time in the relays and Kiersten had 2 PRs in the 100 backstroke and her leadoff time in the 200 freestyle relay,” coach Pierce said

Kimmerle, Relph, Aly Bertoch and Zoe Campbell placed 11th in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay. Bertoch churned out the 200-yard freestyle in 2:34.05 for the Lady Red Devils.

In a close 100-yard backstroke contest, Wakefield earned fifth place in 1:07:40 and she glided into 11th place in the 200-yard freestyle. Warren swam the 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.20 and tied a swimmer from Millard for the 11th spot.

“Meeker Relph and Zoe Warren were our only freshman who swam at state this year. They both dropped time and did a great job for the team,” Pierce said. “Aly Bertoch and Zoe Campbell, our sophomores, were solid performers for our girls relays. It was both their first time swimming at the state meet.”

Moore grabbed the eighth spot for the boys in the 100-yard breaststroke and Jackman finished ninth for the ladies 100-yard breaststroke.

According to coach Pierce, Moore broke the school record for the boys breaststroke twice — once during the preliminary trials on Friday and again at the Finals on Saturday.

“I can’t say enough about this team. They have worked really hard this year. It’s pretty amazing to watch the kids push through some struggles and upsets only to refocus and achieve their goals as individuals and as a team. They have accomplished some big things this year. We as coaches love being around them and couldn’t be more proud of them,” Pierce said.