Sea Devils youth swim team wins three-team meet in Moab on Jan. 18
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Moab Sea Devils youth swim team members pose after their meet in Moab on Jan. 18.                                                          Photo by Penny Richards
Moab Sea Devils youth swim team members pose after their meet in Moab on Jan. 18. Photo by Penny Richards
The Moab Sea Devils community youth swim team hosted a three-team meet against the Castle Valley Barracudas from Price and the Vernal Vipers on Saturday, Jan. 18.  Each of the three teams had between 15 and 21 swimmers at the meet.

  Moab’s team emerged as the overall winner of the event, scoring 1,344 points. Vernal placed second with 1,046 points, and the Price team was third with 748 total points, although the Barracuda boys did outscore Vernal 469 to 442.

  “It was a great meet, considering we had several kids swimming in their first competitive event,” said Sea Devils head coach Penny Richards.

  Leading the way for the Sea Devils was 13-year-old Braxten Pierce, who swam six races, winning four and taking one second and one third place finish in the others. Pierce earned a total of 113 points at the meet.

The top point-earner for the Moab girls was Rhiannon Hren, 8, who had two wins, three second-place finishes, and one third-place to score 107 points.

  Other Moab swimmers who won multiple races included Indiana Richards, 8, Tava Walling, 11, London Richards, 12, Geneva Richards, 5, Rowan Murdock, 10 and Nicholas Hren, 8.

  London Richards placed first in all four of her individual events, including the 100-yard breaststroke, which she swam in 1 minute, 23.84 seconds, nearly 8 seconds better than her previous personal best in a competitive meet.

  Moab swimmers who won one race included 12-year-old Ridge Murdock, who also placed second in two other events; 9-year-old Stryder Young, who had one first-place, two second-place, and two thirds-place finishes; and 12-year-old Trayken Robertson, who won one of the four events he swam, the 50-yard backstroke in a personal-best time of 48.53 seconds.

  Moab swimmers with at least one second-place finish included Emma Millis, 11, and Anika Scherer, 10. Ryder Murdock, 9, had one third-place finish and placed fifth in three other races. London Niesen, 8, swam five races, finishing third in two of them.

  Those swimming in their first-ever meet included siblings David Minor, 11, Gerald Minor, 9, and Louraina Minor, 8, as well as Jordyn Reidhead, 11, Griffin Shannon, 11, and Magnus Shannon, 8.

  The Sea Devils’ next meet is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Vernal, which will be the final competitive event of the Moab City Recreation program’s winter season, coach Richards said. She thanked the parents and other volunteers who helped out at the Moab meet.

  Last Saturday’s meet is likely to be the final hand-timed event at the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center, which is getting a new touchpad scoring system and electronic scoreboard. The new equipment has been ordered and delivered to the facility, and is expected to be installed soon, according to city recreation and pool officials.

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