Swimming teams dealing with cancellations, limited meetsJan 07, 2021 04:47PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Davis and Bountiful have been able to get a few swim meets in since the District Meet in November, but other area teams have not been as lucky as they scramble to get their squads in the pool.
The Davis boys defeated Weber 110-60 on Dec. 8, while the girls won 85-84 against “a team who was supposed to beat us by a lot,” according to head coach Kit Barker.
“We had some amazing swims, but the most exciting was that two team records went down at this meet by Sam Carlson,” Barker said.
Carlson’s two school records were in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. In the 50 free, he touched the wall in 21.62, besting Max Deller’s 2018 record of 21.94. He also had a 54.50 in the 100 back which took down Sam Bryson’s nine-year-old record of 55.31 in the event.
At the Box Elder meet Dec. 10, the Darts girls team beat the Bees 105-65 while the boys won 89-81. The highlight of the meet was the 400 free relay team of Ben Landheim, Luke Deller, Winston Mi and Carlson setting a new Box Elder pool record by more than one full second.
In their Dec. 15 meet, the Davis boys scored 106 points to Layton’s 61 and Northridge’s 3 while the girls won 105 to Layton’s 47 and Northridge’s 18.
“It went really well,” Barker said. “The kids are tired with all the meets they have swum in the last few weeks, but they still showed spirit and swam with vigor and dominated the meet.”
In a meet with Riverton Dec. 17, the teams could only have 50 swimmers in the facility at one time. “That meant only 25 swimmers from each team at a time could be in there and our team has over 50, so they split the meet in half,” Barker said. “Also, because there is a shortage of school buses, we had to all ride down on the same bus. The intermediate/JV meet was first so half the swimmers got off the bus and swam in the meet while the other half stayed on the bus. Then we switched.” Barker said her younger swimmers “felt like superstars” while the varsity team “asked if we could not have a meet like that again.”
Aside from the adaptations the Darts had to deal with, they came out on top for the girls team 134-74 and the boys squad 148-61. “It was a nice way to finish before the holiday break,” Barker said.
Hall has two top-10 times in the state this year in the 50 free and 100 free while Carlson is fourth in the 100 back.
At Bountiful’s first meet of the year Dec. 3, the Braves went against Brighton. “It was fantastic,” Head coach Alexa Olson said. “It was great to see team camaraderie and spirits brighten as they got to compete together.”
On Dec. 15, Bountiful traveled to Lehi. “Our first away meet of the season was awesome,” Olson said. “The kids wanted to try new events and it was a great meet.”
Outstanding swimmers from the team’s Dec. 18 meet against American Fork, according to Olson, were Elliott Howe, Tyler Gunn, Tyler Orme, Ryan Wood, David Bennion and Curtis Orchard.
“At every meet we have had thus far, we have had 75 percent of our entire team have at least one personal best, whether it was in a relay or an individual event,” Olson said. “It has been a great season and I am very excited for the rest of our meets.”
Olson said swimmers to watch on her team are Howe in the 200 individual medley and 100 back, Sadie Duke in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, Loni Tippetts in the 100 free, Bennion in the 100 back, Gunn in the 200 free and 100 breast, Orme in the 100 fly and 100 breast, and Wood in the 200 free and 100 fly.
Howe has five top-10 times in the state so far this season – in the 200 IM, 100 back, 100 fly, 50 free and 200 free.
Viewmont has not had a meet since the District Meet in which only 12 swimmers participated. New head coach Nick Keller said every meet that they have had scheduled has been cancelled and it’s been a struggle to even get practice times in as well.
“We’re hoping to get another meet in within the next week or so, but it has really been a struggle to even know what our team looks like,” Keller said.
Nohea Kamauu remains one of the best swimmers in the state as she has the second best time in the 100 fly and fourth best in the 200 individual medley. Allyson Boynton also has top-five showings in the 100 back, 50 free and 100 free.
Farmington’s Dec. 17 meet with Bonneville, Ogden, Viewmont and Box Elder was cancelled.