Personal bests, fast times recorded at District swim meetDec 09, 2021 09:12AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Swimmers hit the water at the boys’ 200 meter freestyle relay at the District Meet. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle
Several school records and personal bests were set at the Davis District swim meet held Dec. 4 at the South Davis Recreation Center.
The Davis boys and girls swimmers both took first place. The boys team edged Syracuse by 35 points while the girls scored 374 points to Layton’s 295.
Lauryn Hall remained undefeated in individual events with first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Lia Merrill was also a double winner in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 backstroke with Sam Carlson taking the 50 and 100 free events.
“They swam so well today,” said head coach Kit Barker. “They finished stronger than they were ranked and they continue to drop time.”
Also placing in the top six and receiving medals were Garrett Barker (first, 500 free; third, 200 free), Macie Cragun (second, 100 breaststroke), Breanna Mertens (second, 500 free; fourth, 200 free), Luke Deller (third, 50 free; sixth, 100 fly), Allie Allen (fourth, 200 IM; fifth, 500 free), Jake Edwards (fourth, 200 IM; fifth, 100 free), Ethan Frandsen (fifth, 100 breast; sixth, 200 free), Dylan Grant (fifth, 200 IM), Andy Nielsen (fifth, 100 back) and Mason Simons (fifth, 500 free).
“This was definitely a team effort as the top 16 places scored,” Barker said. “Even those who thought they didn’t do well found that they had dropped time and had earned important points for the team.”
The Farmington girls 200 medley relay team set a school record in a tight race, placing third, which helped the squad to a third place finish overall at the District Meet.
“The past month has been pretty difficult with the multiple practice locations and the cold bug that swept through the team, but the kids have worked so hard and really rallied,” said coach Stacy Edholm.
Teal Edholm scored 34 points for the girls with two second-place finishes. She was just out-touched at the wall in the 200 IM, while setting a school record, while she also had a runner-up showing in the 100 free.
Lina Dunn also set a school record in the 100 back – taking third – along with a sixth-place finish in the 100 free. Kaitlyn Holladay and Bibbles Startup also swam personal bests with a third place finish in the 50 free, and a fifth place showing in the 100 fly, respectively.
“The kids absolutely killed it at the meet,” said Edholm. “There were 50 PRs! From our most seasoned swimmers to our first-year swimmers, every single one of them had great swims.”
Mason Draxler led the sixth-place boys team by earning 34 points, which included second-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 breast.
“My assistant coach [Heather Lyman] really captured the feeling of the meet when she described the looks on our swimmers’ faces when they finished their race, looked up at the scoreboard, and realized that they dropped time,” Edholm said. “I saw those faces: joy, astonishment, excitement. Many happy tears were shed, mainly by me.”
Edholm feels that her swimmers’ hard work is paying off and will continue to do so the rest of the season.
Bountiful placed fifth at the District Meet behind “outstanding swims” by several swimmers, according to head coach Alexa Lou Olson.
Those swimmers were Andy Duke (100 breast), Sadie Duke (200 IM, 100 breast), Madelynn Fenwick (200 free, 100 back), Tyler Gunn (100 breast, 100 free), Jaelyn Miller (200 IM, 100 breast), Tyler Orme (100 breast, 100 fly) and Loni Tippetts (200 IM, 100 fly).
“I’m very proud of how our team swam despite being really sick after a long week of midterms,” Olson said. “I’m even more proud of the team unity I saw. We were missing about 12 swimmers and that was evident, but I’m grateful for those who showed up and did their best. The kids made us coaches proud.”
The Viewmont swimming team came into the District Meet short-handed due to USA swim meets as well as some sick swimmers. But, head coach Jessica Trauner said she was proud of her team in a “hard-fought meet” to take fourth for the girls squad and the nine guys competing placing seventh.
“We had an overwhelming amount of PRs and we had some swimmers step up and try new swims at a big meet,” Trauner said. “I am really happy with how everyone swam.”
Gabby Henry had two first-place showings in the 100 free and 200 free with PRs in both events. The girls 200 free relay team also won their event – with inserting Hallie Gerrard into the lineup along with the typical A swimmers in Sarah Spangenberg, Henry and Audrey Kim. The foursome also finished third in the 400 free relay.
“They actually shocked me and were able to pull off an amazing relay,” Trauner said. “These four girls, throughout the meet, scored big points for the team over and over again.”
Senior captain Jared Chamberlain had personal bests in the 100 fly and 500 free – placing top three – while also swimming a leg on two relays. Sophomore captain Eric Chamberlain took second in the 200 IM while also helping the 200 medley and 400 free relay lineups.
Trauner also noted freshman Camillia Rios-Arroyos’s efforts as a newcomer to the sport. “She came to me at the beginning of the season, did not know much about swimming, but said she wanted to learn,” Trauner said. “She has shown up to every practice she can. This meet, it showed in a big way as she came in 28th out of 44 swimmers in the 100 back. While there’s no point value that can be put on that, to me to see that kind of progression is priceless.”
Abel Chonjak came in second in the 100 back to lead the boys Woods Cross team at the District Meet. Lee Hunter also had medal swims with a fifth place finish in the 50 free and sixth place in the 100 free.
On the girls side, Alanna Holzer was third in the 100 fly and sixth in the 50 free while Elle Hall came in fourth in the 100 free and fifth in the 500 free.
Assistant coach Jamie Holzer also noted Will Hunter and Tomas Suarez’s 100 breast swims along with Mark Glissmeyer and Badger Norman’s in the 500 free and Dylan Suarez in the 100 fly and Tomas Suarez in the 100 breast among highlights for the Wildcats. Other “incredibly fast” performances for the boys were Moose (James) Norman in the 100 back and Isaac Chomjak in the 100 and 200 free events while coach Holzer also credited Miller Campbell for his personal best swims following a return from injury.