Davis comes out on top of area schools swim meetJan 21, 2021 11:31AM ● By Catherine Garrett
The Davis High boys and girls swimming teams took first place in a meet with Bountiful, Viewmont, Woods Cross and Farmington Jan. 15 led by several top finishes.
The Davis boys squad was led by Sam Carlson winning the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke while also swimming legs on the first-place 200 Freestyle relay team – of Ben Landheim, Luke Deller and Stephen Simmons – and the 400 free relay squad with Carlson, Deller, Winston Mi and Landheim. Both relay squads are ranked number one in 6A. Simmons also came in first in the 50 free with Mi taking the 100 Butterfly and Landheim the 100 free.
Other top-five showings for the Darts were Ethan Frandsen (second, 100 Breaststroke; fifth, 200 IM), Brayden Littlefield (second, 100 back; fifth, 50 free), Deller (third, 100 fly; fourth, 50 free), Mi (fourth, 200 free), Michael Ehlen (fifth, 100 fly; fifth, 100 breast) and Landheim (fifth, 200 free).
The first-place girls team were led by second-place finishes from Breanna Mertens in the 200 free, Isabel Hammond in the 100 fly, Kalia Merrell in the 100 back and the 200 free relay team of Shallen Foote, Mertens, Hannah Shaw and Hammond.
Other top showings were Shaw (200 free), Merrell (third, 200 IM), Nelson (third, 100 free; third, 50 free), Foote (third, 500 free; fifth, 50 free), Allie Allen (fourth, 500 free; fourth, 200 IM), Macie Cragun (fourth, 100 breast), Isabelle Karren (fifth, 100 breast) and Mertens (fifth, 100 free).
“We loved the competition that the other teams gave us,” head coach Kit Barker said. “It really pushed us to be better as many of our swimmers dropped time.”
Barker said the Darts’ top female swimmer, Lauryn Hall, is in COVID quarantine while they also just got four other swimmers back from quarantine in time for the meet. “So, we were excited that many of the kids had fast swims at the meet,” Barker said.
Davis also competed against Syracuse and Clearfield Jan. 7 with both squads winning the tri-meet. The girls scored 102.50 points to the Titans’ 50.50 and the Falcons 17. The Darts boys squad had 118 points to Syracuse’s 50 and Clearfield’s 2.
“We continued our winning streak even though we had several of our faster swimmers in quarantine,” head coach Kit Barker said.
Against Roy Jan. 12, Davis’ girls team won 123 to 41 and the boys were 125 to 41. “We are just praying every week that we don’t have a COVID breakout on our team,” Barker said. “There’s only three and a half weeks until region so we’re just crossing our fingers.”
Bountiful competed against Wasatch Jan. 14.
“This was not a good meet for our team,” head coach Alexa Lou Olson said, but she did note some outstanding swims by Tyler Gunn, Curtis Orchard, Hannah Drummer and Ryan Wood in all of their events along with Anneil Billings in the 100 back. The boys 400 free relay is currently ranked second in 5A and Olson said “each boy went a best time in the incredible race.”
In the meet against Davis, Viewmont, Woods Cross and Farmington Jan. 15, Wood won the 200 free and 500 free while swimming a leg – along with Tyler Orme, Gunn and Spencer Monson – on the first-place 200 medley relay team to help the Bountiful boys take second as a team.
Other top finishers for the Braves were Gabe Frogley (first, 100 breast), Orme (second, 100 fly; second, 200 IM), Gunn (third, 100 free; third, 200 free), Tate Nakaya (third, 100 back), Monson (fifth, 100 free) and Erik Landheim (fifth, 500 free).
The second-place girls squad was led by Elliott Howe, who finished first in the 50 free, and Sadie Duke’s top showing in the 100 fly.
Howe (second, 100 breast), Duke (100 breast), Madelynn Fenwick (fourth, 200 free; fifth, 100 back) and Loni Tippetts (fifth, 200 free; fifth, 100 fly) also finished in the top-five for the Braves.
Viewmont’s girls took third as a team in the meet with Davis, Bountiful, Woods Cross and Farmington Jan. 15 behind Elle Decker’s top finishes in the 200 IM and 100 breast as well as swimming legs on the first-place 200 medley relay team of Reese Allen, Gabriella Henry and Sarah Spangenberg and the top 400 free relay squad of the same swimmers.
Other top-five finishes for the Vikings were Henry (first, 200 free) and Allen (second, 500 free; fourth, 100 back).
The boys squad took fifth with second-place finishes from Eric Chamberlain in the 200 free and Zach Smith in the 500 free.
Eric Chamberlain took fourth in the 100 fly with Jared Chamberlain placing fourth in the 200 IM and 500 free. The 200 medley relay team of Eric Chamberlain, Smith, Jared Chamberlain and Braeden Kunzler along with the 400 free relay squad of the same swimmers also came in fourth.
In a meet with Layton, Roy and Northridge Jan. 14, Woods Cross’ boys squad took first place with the girls finishing in second.
The best performance of the meet for the Wildcats, according to head coach Andrew Bird, was Caden Neuenschwander swimming a personal best with his first-place finishes in the 200 free and the 100 free. Other double winners were Ally Boynton (100 fly, 100 free) and Nohea Kamauu (100 back, 100 breast). The boys medley relay with Abel Chomjak, Jacob Ormsby, Zachary White and Neuenschwander and girls medley relay – swam by Boynton, Hale Neuenschwander, Kamauu and Elizabeth Hall – also placed first.
Elle Hall (first, 50 free; second, 500 free), White (first, 100 fly; second, 100 back), Abel Chomjak (second, 100 fly; fourth, 50 free), Rivers Ekstrom (second, 50 free), Justin Chamberlain (third, 200 free; fifth, 100 free), Mark Glissmeyer (third, 100 back; fourth, 100 free), Reese Hunsaker (second, 50 free; third, 100 free), Lee Hunter (third, 50 free), Alanna Holzer (fourth, 100 breast), Kendra Lubeck (fourth, 100 back), Isaac Chomjak (fifth, 200 free; fifth, 100 back) and Gabrielle Hilbig (fifth, 100 free) were also top-five performers for Woods Cross.
The Wildcats boys squad took third as a team in the meet with Davis, Bountiful, Viewmont and Farmington Jan. 15 behind second-place finishes from the boys medley relay team (Abel Chomjak, Chamberlain, White and Caden Neuenschwander) and the 200 free relay team (White, Abel Chomjak, Caden Neuenschwander and Hunsaker). For the fourth-place girls squad, Boynton had first-place finishes in the 100 free and 100 back while also swimming a leg on the top 200 free relay team which also included Holzer, Ekstrom and Kamuu. Kamuu also touched first in the 500 free.
Mason Draxler’s personal best in the 50 free – just .04 seconds out of first place – along with another second-place finish in the 100 free helped Farmington’s boys team to a fourth-place finish in the meet with Davis, Bountiful, Viewmont and Woods Cross Jan. 15 .
Dixon Call took fourth in the 100 back with the 200 free relay team of Call, Davis Nielson, John Lyman and Draxler coming in fourth and the 200 medley relay squad of Call, Draxler, James Taggart and Lyman taking fifth.
The girls came in fifth with Kaitlyn Holladay placing second in the 50 free, achieving her goal of breaking 27 seconds, to lead the Phoenix.
Other top-five finishes were the 200 free relay team of LIna Dunn, Mairyn Romney, Hailey Stefl and Holladay (third), Holladay (fourth, 100 free), Bibbles Startup (fourth, 100 fly; fifth, 500 free), the 400 free relay lineup of Dunn, Ann Richards, Startup and Holladay (fourth) and Richards (fifth, 200 IM).