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Davis boys and girls swimmers best in Region 1

Feb 09, 2023 01:53PM ● By Catherine Garrett

Davis High’s Garrett Barker won the 200 freestyle at the Region 1 championship Feb. 4 at the South Davis Rec Center. He also swam a leg on the 400 free relay team that broke the Region 1 meet record and on the 200 free relay squad that pulled out the team title in the final race of the meet.


The Davis High boys and girls swim teams both won their respective Region 1 championships at the South Davis Rec Center Feb. 4. The girls squad had 422 points to Weber’s 393 while the boys defeated Syracuse by seven points.

“It was a thrilling meet,” said head coach Kit Barker. “The boys race was very, very close and it all came down to the last relay. We were ahead by just one point so whoever won the relay would win the meet. We were down one of our top swimmers [Jake Edwards who last week experienced a collapsed lung and had to be taken to the ER and is out for the rest of the season]. We actually were not supposed to win region without him, but the boys wanted to do it for him.”

Davis’ Garrett Barker, Dylan Grant, Ethan Frandsen and Sam Carlson swam relay legs in the 200 free relay event, winning by .02 seconds over Syracuse.

Carlson broke the Region 1 meet records in the 50 freestyle and the 100 free in winning both of those races. The 400 free relay lineup of Barker, Grant, Frandsen and Carlson also broke a Region 1 meet record with their first-place finish.

Carlson, who is the school record holder in the 50 and 100 free, bettered his marks in the events during the region meet.

Other Region 1 champions for the Darts were Garrett Barker (200 free), Macie Cragun (100 breaststroke), Lia Merrill (100 backstroke), the girls 200 medley team of Merrill, Cragun, Nahlia Stewart and Adlen Groberg, the girls 200 free relay lineup of Micah Hale, Cragun, Stewart and Hannah Shaw and the boys 200 medley relay squad of Andy Nielsen, Frandsen, Sam Landheim and Tyler Bennett.

Also earning medals for top-six showings were Allie Allen (second, 500 free; sixth, 200 IM), Garrett Barker (second, 500 free), Hale (second, 100 free; third, 200 free), Shaw (second, 50 free; fourth, 100 free), the 400 free relay team of Hale, Groberg, Merrill and Shaw (second), Grant (third, 200 free; fourth, 100 free), Landheim (third, 100 fly; fourth, 50 free), Merrill (third, 200 Individual Medley), the boys medley relay lineup of Nielsen, Frandsen, Landheim and Bennett (third), Nielsen (fourth, 100 fly; fourth, 100 back), Garrick Bench (fifth, 200 IM, 100 back), Frandsen (fifth, 100 breast) and Nahlia Stewart (fifth, 50 free)


Senior Mason Draxler won two individual Region 1 titles – breaking a Region 1 record in the 100 breast and rewriting his school record in the 200 IM – while also swimming a leg on the first-place 200 medley relay team also comprised of Will Scott, Ezra Moon and John Lyman. This performance, which also included a third-place showing in the 400 free relay – along with Scott, Matthew Scoresby and Lyman – helped the boys Phoenix squad to a third-place finish in a new school record time at the Region 1 championships Feb. 4.

Senior Teal Edholm dropped over three seconds on her school record in the 200 IM in winning region while also placing third in the 100 fly. In swimming her 50-meter leg on the fourth-place 200 free relay team, she broke the final school record to own all of the marks in the girls events in achieving a season-long goal. Within an hour, junior Brooke Belnap took over one of those records – in the 500 free, where she dropping more than 13 seconds in taking third in the event. She also placed fourth in the 50 free to earn a region medal as the two swimmers led the girls squad to a fifth-place finish.

“Regions were just so awesome!” said head coach Stacy Edholm. “Most of the swims were best times, and that includes the experienced swimmers. Records were broken, tears were shed, and there were celebrations all around.”

Other region medalists were Scott (third, 500 free; fourth, 200 IM), the 200 free relay lineup of Moon, Kael Michaelson, Jack Cresap and Davis Nielson (third), the 400 free relay team of Scott, Scoresby, Lyman and Draxler (third), Scoresby (fourth, 200 free; fifth, 500 free), Lyman (fifth, 100 free), Moon (sixth, 100 fly) and Hayden Wangemann (sixth, 100 breast).

“We are looking forward to heading to State in a couple of weeks,” Coach Edholm said. “I am so honored to coach such motivated kids,” Coach Edholm said. “They truly put 100 percent into this season, and have become like family to me and to each other. They have supported each other through the good times and the tough times.”

Woods Cross

The Woods Cross boys and girls teams both placed second at the Region 5 championships Feb. 4 at the South Davis Rec Center.

Justin Chamberlain broke his own school record in the 100 breast, taking home the individual title in the 100 breast while also winning the 200 IM and swimming legs on the first-place 200 medley relay team – which also included Isaac Chomjak, Ammon Kamauu and Miller Campbell – and the 400 free relay lineup of Chomjak, Kamauu and Mark Glissmeyer. Other region champions were Kamauu in the 500 free and Alanna Holzer in the 50 free.

Also earning region medals were Nate Cyril (second, 50 free; sixth, 100 breast), Chomjak (second, 100 free; second, 100 back), Holzer (third, 100 fly), Grace Gilbert (third, 100 back; fourth, 200 IM), Kamauu (third, 100 fly), the girls 400 free relay squad of Rebekah Cyril, Gilbert, Neuenschwander and Holzer (third), the girls 200 medley relay team of Gilbert, Rebekah Cyril, Holzer and Neuenschwander (third), Rebekah Cyril (fourth, 100 breast; fifth, 50 free), Glissmeyer (fifth, 100 free; fifth, 100 back), Avery Boynton (sixth, 100 back) and Miller Campbell (sixth, 50 free).

“The meet was really exciting,” said assistant coach Jamie Holzer. “We are so proud of these kids and all their hard work and amazing accomplishments. We are looking forward to state!”


Isaac Hale won the 50 free and 100 back at the Region 5 championships Feb. 4 while also swimming a leg on the winning 200 free relay team, which also included Eric Chamberlain, Rex Johnson and Andrew Webster. Also winning an individual region title for the third-place boys squad was Webster in the 200 free.

For the girls, who placed fourth at region as a team, Gabby Henry won the 200 free and the 100 fly with Izzy Harris touching first in the 500 free.

Also winning region medals for the Vikings were Chamberlain (second, 100 fly; third, 100 free), Hallie Gerrard (second, 50 free; second, 100 free), the girls 200 free relay team of Henry, Veronika Paschen, Harris and Gerrard (second), the girls 400 free relay squad of Paschen, Harris, Gerrard and Henry (second), Harris (third, 100 breast), Webster (third, 500 free) and the 400 free relay lineup of Hale, Johnson, Webster and Chamberlain (third).


Madelynn Fenwick won the 100 backstroke while also swimming legs for the first-place 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams which also included Jaelyn Miller, Ellie Wakins and Loni Tippetts. Their finishes helped the girls to a fifth-place showing at the Region 5 championships Feb. 4 while the boys took fourth.

Those earning region medals were Andy Duke (second, 100 breast; fourth, 500 free), Liam Glissmeyer (second, 200 free; second, 500 free), Miller (second, 50 free); fifth, 100 breast), the 200 free relay team of Liam Glissmeyer, Spencer Monson, Thomas Steed and Cole Crimmins (second), Tippetts (third, 100 free; fourth, 50 free), Monson (fourth, 100 free; fifth, 200 free), Fenwick (fourth, 200 free) and Wakins (fifth, 100 free).