Moab swimmers earn medals at Utah Summer Games
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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River Richards, 15, swims the breaststroke during the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City. Photo by Jeff Richards
River Richards, 15, swims the breaststroke during the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City. Photo by Jeff Richards
A total of eight youth swimmers from Moab participated in the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City June 12 through 14, winning a total of 16 medals.

Leading the way for Moab was 7-year-old Nicholas Hren, who won a total of seven medals – five silver and two bronze – in his nine races over two days. Hren took silver in the 50-meter breaststroke, the 100-meter backstroke, the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter breaststroke, and the 50-meter backstroke.

Hren’s bronze medals were in the 50-meter butterfly and the 100-meter freestyle.

His twin sister Rhiannon Hren took silver in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 59.53 seconds, second best out of 11 swimmers in that event. She also won the bronze in the 50-meter butterfly.

Cadence Kasprick, 8, brought home two bronze medals, placing third in both the 100-meter backstroke and the 50-meter backstroke. The latter event had 15 entrants.

River Richards, 15, won one gold and two silver medals. She placed first in the 50-meter breaststroke on Thursday, second in the 200-meter breaststroke on Friday, and second in the 100-meter breaststroke on Saturday. Her winning time in the 50-meter event was a personal-best at 41.11 seconds.

Also for Moab, Mary Kimmerle, 13, won the gold medal in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 36.77 seconds. In addition, London Richards, 13, was the silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly, her time of 3:47.59 coming just a quarter second behind that of first-place winner, 14-year-old Katelyn Thompson of the Devil Ray Aquatic Team in Salt Lake County.

Also representing Moab swimmers at the Utah Summer Games were 16-year-old Drake Hackney and 9-year-old Indiana Richards, both of whom competed in several events.

More than 220 youth swimmers took part in the three-day meet, which was staged at Southern Utah University’s 50-meter, eight-lane pool.

“There were a number of elite swimmers in several of the age groups from all over Utah, so it was a good opportunity for our kids to swim at a higher level of competition than they are used to,” said Moab coach Penny Richards. “Our kids did great, and it was a good for them to swim against some of the best age-group swimmers in the state.”

“Although only eight swimmers went from the Sea Devils, it was a great experience for them. It was definitely the toughest meet they’ll do this summer,” Richards added.

Coach Richards said the Moab Sea Devils will next compete at the Vernal Summer Splash on Saturday, June 21. 

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