GCHS swim team takes first place at South Summit meet
by Jeff Richards
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Sadie Bown competes for the GCHS swim team during a three-team meet held in Kamas Nov. 20. Photo by Wade Snow
Sadie Bown competes for the GCHS swim team during a three-team meet held in Kamas Nov. 20. Photo by Wade Snow
The Grand County High School swim team took first place in a three-team meet held at Kamas on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Grand finished the meet with 183 total points, slightly edging out host school South Summit High, which claimed a total of 180 points. The third team at the meet was the Oakley School, which totaled 148 points.

“It was a good meet overall. Even though we didn’t swim our best, we still won,” said GCHS head coach Brian Pierce. “We were missing a couple of kids due to the play rehearsal, but the rest of the team stepped up and turned in some strong performances.”

Grand took first place in the girls 200-yard medley relay, with Alexa Pierce, River Richards, Jayelen Knowles, and Cora Johnston recording a time of 2 minutes, 37.37 seconds. Pierce also swam the 200-yard individual medley with an even faster time, winning that race in 2:32.91. Pierce also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle event, posting a time of 6:21.88.

Mandi Wilkinson, a sophomore for Grand, took first place out of eight competitors in the 100-yard freestyle race, posting a winning time of 1:18.41. She also took third place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 3:11.90.

Richards won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:28.90, and also placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:27.73.

Knowles placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, an event that she does not normally compete in, with a time of 1:31.90. She also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:36.71. Knowles also joined teammates Richards, Wilkinson, and Pierce in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with Grand winning that event in a time of 2:05.14.

For the Red Devil boys, Treyton Helquist took first in the 100-yard breaststroke, his personal-best time of 1:17.18 coming in at four hundredths of a second faster than Cody Marck of Oakley’s time of 1:17.22. C.J. Hren of Grand placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:20.56. Alan Snow of Grand took second place in the boys 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 7:21.13.

Grand’s next scheduled swim meet will be the Uintah Invitational at Vernal on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 1 p.m.

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