Davis boys swimmers win region, girls secondFeb 08, 2021 10:10AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Two individual region champions along with two winnings relay squads helped the Davis boys team win the Region 1 title by 19 points over Weber Jan. 29. The girls – led by four individual region titles and three relays – finished 24 points behind Weber to take second place.
Ben Landheim won the 100 Freestyle with Sam Carlson placing first in the 50 Free. The boys 200 Free relay squad of Landheim, Deller, Stephen Simmons and Carlson along with the 400 free relay team of Mi, Deller, Landheim and Carlson also placed first.
For the girls, Lauryn Hall was region champion in the 50 Free and 100 Free while Lia Merrill also won two events with the 200 IM and 100 Back.
The girls 200 medley relay team of Merrill, Isabelle Karren, Hall and Elyssa Nelson shaved almost a minute off of their school record time with a 1:54.96 in finishing first. The other two girls relay teams – 200 free relay of Shallen Foote, Karren, Hannah Shaw and Isabel Hammond and the 400 free relay lineup of Foote, Merrill, Nelson and Hall – placed first as well.
“It was an exciting meet to end a crazy and unpredictable season,” head coach Kit Barker said. “There were lots of COVID precautions such as only allowing six swimmers per lane for warmups and cool downs which is crazy when you have 50 swimmers on team,” Barker said. “But, everyone was cooperative and I love how all the team coaches seem to get along. We are definitely competitive, but have a great respect for each other.”
Other medalists for the boys team were Winston Mi (second, 200 Individual Medley; third, 500 Free), Landheim (third, 200 Free), Brayden Littlefield (third, 100 Backstroke; sixth, 100 Butterfly), Sam Carlson (fourth, 200 Free), Luke Deller (fourth, 50 Free; fourth, 100 Fly), Ethan Frandsen (fifth, 200 IM) and Dylan Grant (sixth, 500 Free)
Also medaling for Davis girls were Breanna Mertens (third, 500 Free; sixth, 200 Free), Macie Cragun (fourth, 100 Breast), Hammond (fourth, 100 Fly; fifth, 50 Free), Nelson (fourth, 50 Free; fourth, 100 Free) and Karren (sixth, 100 Breast).
“We had so many swimmers get personal bests from this year at the region meet,” Barker said. “All of our relays dropped time and 44 out of our 52 swimmers dropped time from this year. I don’t think we have ever had that many before!”
Bountiful placed first overall in a Last Chance Meet Jan. 29.
For the first place girls team, Jessica Barnes won the 200 free, Gabby Westergard finished first in the 100 breast and Isabelle DeLeeuw won the 100 fly. Other top-three finishers were Mia Fowler (second, 500 free; third, 200 free), Elle Staheli (second, 200 free), Loni Tippetts (second, 100 free), the 200 free relay team of Madelyn Bushman, Jessica Barnes, Hannah Drummer and Tippetts (second), the 400 free relay lineup of Bushman, Barnes, Drummer and Staheli (second) and Anneli Billings (100 back).
For the first place boys team, Lee Hunter touched first in the 100 fly as well as the 200 medley relay squad of David Bennion, Max Clifford, Samuel Landon and Caden Levin. Other top placers for the Braves were Pedro De Marchi (second, 500 free; third, 200 free), Tate Nakaya (second, 100 breast), the 200 free relay team of Bennion, Clifford, Curtis Orchard and Nakaya (second), Bennion (third, 100 back), Max Clifford (third, 100 breast), Landon (third, 500 free) and the 400 free relay lineup of Orchard, Tate Nakaya, Seth Nakaya and Clifford (third).
Viewmont’s girls placed third in the Last Chance Meet with Reese Allen placing first in the 500 free to lead the way. Also taking top three placements were Sarah Spangenberg (second, 50 free; second, 100 back), Annie Breinholt (second, 100 breast), Teagan Biehler (third, 100 free) and Lacy Gillespie (third, 100 breast).
Jared Chamberlain finished first in the 500 free for the fourth-place boys squad.
Abel Chomjak’s two first-place finishes – in the 50 free and 100 back – along with Reese Hunsaker’s win in the 100 free and Jacob Ormsby’s in the 100 breast helped Woods Cross boys finish second at the Last Chance meet. Other top-three placers were Caden Neuenschwander (second, 100 free; second, 200 free), Mark Glissmeyer (second, 100 back), Hunsaker (second, 50 free) and Zach White (100 free).
The fourth-place girls team were led by Elle Hall’s two first-place showings in the 100 free and the 100 back. Alanna Holzer also finished third in the 500 free.
Two school records dropped as Farmington competed against Herriman Jan. 28. Kaitlyn Holladay broke the 200 free record with a 2:13 swim, finishing in second at the meet by just five-hundredths of a second. The boys 200 medley relay squad of Dixon Call, Mason Draxler, PJ Norseth and John Lyman swam a 1:51.35, setting a new mark for the Phoenix program.
Holladay also set a personal best with a 59:27 time in the 100 free while Draxler put up the 14th-best time in 5A this year in the 100 breast with a 1:04.53. Sarah Kennedy also had a first-place finish in the 500 free.
Other top-three showings for Farmington were Lina Dunn (second, 50 free), Garrett Lines (second, 500 free), Davis Nielson (second, 200 free), Joseph Schraedel (second, 100 breast), Phillip Wall (second, 100 free), Draxler (third, 50 free) and James Taggart (third, 100 free).
At the Last Chance meet Jan. 29, the Phoenix team took second overall. The girls 200 medley relay lineup of Dunn, Holladay, Ann Richards and Bibbles Startup set a new school record with a 2:06.62 swim and finished first while Holladay’s 26.71 in the 50 free – a PR – also won her event for the second-place girls team.
Other top showings for Farmington were Dunn (third, 50 free), and the relay lineups of Mairyn Romney, Ann Richards, Sarah Kennedy and Hailey Stefl “swimming the race of their lives,” according to head coach Jason Clark, to place third in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.
The boys 400 free relay squad of Call, Wall, Norseth and Draxler set a new school record with a time of 3:39.04, placing first, with the 200 free relay lineup of Call, Nielson, Wall and Draxler also taking the top spot for the third-place boys team. Draxler’s first-place swim of 1:54.30 bested the previous mark at Farmington in the 200 free and qualifying him for his fourth event at the state meet.
The 400 free relay team of Schraedel, Lines, Nielson and Colby Conover took second with the 200 free relay squad of Will Thatcher, Schraedel, Lines and Norseth placing third.
The Region 5 meet, originally scheduled for Jan. 30 was rescheduled to Feb. 6.