Red Devils take third place in new GCHS swim team's first meet
by by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School swim team participated in its first-ever competitive swim meet last week, competing in a three-team event held at the West Millard Pool in Delta, Utah, on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

  “We had a pretty good showing for our first meet,” said GCHS coach Brian Pierce, who noted that a total of 11 swimmers competed at the event.

Cedar City’s Canyon View High School, which had many more swimmers, dominated the meet with 213 overall points, while host school Delta High accumulated 45 points. Grand finished right behind Delta with 43 points.

  However, Grand did outscore Delta in the girls’ division, with the Lady Devils scoring 26 points to Delta’s eight.

  Sophomore Robin Willscheidt was Grand’s only individual race winner, taking first place in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1 minute, 41.84 seconds. That time is equivalent to a time of 1:31.74 over 100 yards.

  Because Millard’s pool is 25 meters long, all metric times and distances were later converted to their yardage equivalents for comparison purposes on the Utah Swimming Coaches Association’s website, which comprehensively tracks high school swim teams and meets throughout the state. The website is located at www.utswimcoach.com.

  The highest individual finisher for the Red Devil boys was junior Jackson Knowles, who placed third in the 200-meter individual medley. Knowles also took fourth in the 100-meter freestyle, and swam one 50-meter leg in the 200-meter team relay for Grand. The Red Devil relay team finished second out of four teams in that race.

  Also competing for the Grand boys at the meet were seniors Elijah Sheets and James Martin, junior Treyton Helquist, sophomore Duncan Reidhead and freshman Drake Hackney.

  In addition to Willscheidt, the Lady Devil girls team was represented at the Delta meet by senior Gaby Meyer, junior Sierra Indergard and freshmen Kayla Weston and Katie Winget.

  Each of Grand’s athletes competed in at least two individual events, and several also competed in one or two relays, coach Pierce noted.  

  Grand’s next scheduled swim meet is a region contest on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Richfield. That meet will be another three-team event, with the Red Devils joining Spanish Fork High School and Richfield High in the competition.

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