A bit of rust was to be expected in the Tooele swim team’s first meet since the end of winter break when the Buffaloes faced Region 11 foe Bonneville at the Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center on Thursday.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that there weren’t many personal-best times set during the meet; however, the Buffs weren’t all that far off despite the layoff.
“I think it was OK — not our best meet,” Tooele coach Annie Walgamott said. “You could tell the kids were still coming off break a little bit, but I’m still happy with where they’re at. We still had some good races today.”
The girls team won all but one event in its 200-80 win over the Lakers, and even in the event the Buffs didn’t win, their top finisher, sophomore Aspen Grgich, set a new PR in the 200-yard individual medley with a second-place time of 2 minutes, 28.73 seconds that places her 31st in Class 4A this season. Other personal-best efforts included Irene Trebeschi’s winning time of 2:10.16 in the 200 freestyle (30th in 4A), Sharon Seals’ win in the 500 free in 6:16.12 (50th in 4A) and Annalee Beard’s time of 1:08.64 to win the 100 backstroke (35th in 4A).
Seals also won the 50 free in 28.54 and Trebeschi won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.22. Myra Miller won the 100 free in 1:00.81 and Kylee Randle won the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.29.
The 200 medley relay team of Beard, Randle, Trebeschi and Grgich won in 2:05.95. The 200 free relay team, consisting of Kelsey Nield, Marcie Hope, Seals and Miller won in 1:54.68, and the 400 free relay team of Trebeschi, Seals, Miller and Grgich clocked in with a winning time of 4:05.92.
The boys’ team, which beat Bonneville 184-90, saw three personal-best efforts. Hunter Sherwood’s winning time of 5:19.97 in the 500 free was the 19th-fastest time in 4A this year. Grayson Seal won the 200 IM in 2:11.61 (22nd in 4A) and Collin McEachern recorded the 32nd-fastest time in 4A in the 200 free with a time of 1:59.55.
Sherwood also won the 100 back in 58.69 and Seal won the 100 free in 51.77. Scott Howsden claimed the 50 free (24.85) and 100 fly (58.90). Eric Beard finished second in the 100 breast in 1:15.69.
The 200 medley relay team, which included Sherwood, McEachern, Howsden and Seal, won its race in 1:46.04. The “B” team of Eric Beard, Cooper Woods, Harrison Stoddard and Brayden Davis finished second in the 200 free relay in 1:52.78, and the 400 free relay team of Howsden, Sherwood, McEachern and Seal finished first in 3:40.11.
Tooele has a non-region meet Thursday at Cyprus, followed by a Jan. 18 meet at Ben Lomond before hosting the Region 11 championship meet Jan. 27.
“I love having good competition, because then we go in and we step up our game and people are really racing and trying to get their best times,” said Walgamott, a Cyprus High graduate. “I’m excited for (Thursday). I think it will be great.”