The Grand County High School boys and girls swimming teams each placed second to Richfield at a three-team meet in Moab on Friday, Dec. 1, that also included South Summit.
For the girls, Grand’s Mary Kimmerle won both of their individual events, the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races. She swam the 200 at 2:11.58 and the 500 at 6:05.15, easily besting the competition in both races.
“(Kimmerle) cut 3.57 seconds in her 500 freestyle, placing her third in the state at this point,” coach Brian Pierce said.
She was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team, along with Brooklin Hugentobler, Mona Taylor and Kiersten Kimmerle, that took first by more than 28 seconds at 4:46.34.
Mary Kimmerle, Taylor and Hugentobler were joined by Kyla Jackman in the 200-yard freestyle relay, placing second at 2:04.34.
Taylor and Hugentobler placed third and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle solo race, with Taylor swimming a 30.99 and Hugentobler a 31.86. They also finished third and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle as Taylor swam a 1:11.97 and Hugentobler swam a 1:12.66.
The boys had four solo wins from four different swimmers. Corbin Arbon placed first in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:08.50. Alex Lacy placed first in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:06.41. Connor Ainge placed first in the 500-yard freestyle at 6:17.26. Braxten Pierce placed first in the 200-yard freestyle, the only individual event in which he participated, at 1:54.09.
Pierce, Ainge, Arbon and Dallin Stucki combined to take first in the 400-yard freestyle relay at 4:02.22, almost 43 seconds ahead of second place. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Pierce and Ainge joined Lacy and Jarett Reidhead for a third-place 1:51.19. Arbon, Lacy, Reidhead and Cody Johnston swam the medley relay, finishing third at 2:09.28.
In addition to their wins, Arbon placed second and Ainge placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, and Lacy placed third in the 100-yard backstroke. Grand also got high finishes from Tyler Moreau, who placed second in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle; and Stucki, who placed second in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Overall, the Red Devils eclipsed 19 personal records at the meet.
“Overall the kids did a great job,” coach Brian Pierce said. “Their times are continuing to drop and a lot of them are moving up in the Top 50.”
Brian Pierce said the Red Devils still have their work cut out for them as the season nears its midpoint.
“It’s nice to see time cuts like this, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “…We have some good meets scheduled ahead of us, so we will continue to work hard in the pool focusing on the basics, conditioning and technique.”
The Red Devils return to the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center, this time inviting all of Region 15, for the Grand Invitational on Friday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m.
Mary Kimmerle wins both of her solo events
When: Friday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center, 374 N. Park Ave.