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image Grantsville’s Tanner Higley competes against Tooele in November 2013. Higley placed fourth in state in the 100 breaststroke, and eighth in the 200 IM.

February 20, 2014
GHS boys place 10th at state swim meet

Higley scores several points for the boys, Vinciguerra leads the girls 

Grantsville’s boys swim team finished 10th and the girls team 16th at the 3A State Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday at BYU.

“Most of our swimmers had their best times of the season at the meet, and I’m sure several of the times were school records,” said Grantsville coach Chism Nash.

“We lose several top swimmers but feel we have good people to replace them. We want to use the state meet as a jumping-off point for next year. We want to use this year for motivation to do better next year,” the coach said.

Grantsville’s boys scored 71 points, and the girls scored 30 points.

Leading the way for the boys was senior Tanner Higley, who finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, and  eighth in the 200 yard individual medley. Sophomore Nathan Beckett finished 12th in the 100 fly, Chris Kelly placed 19th in the 100-yard fly, Todd Ritchey placed 17th in the 100 freestyle and Paul Blackhurst 17th in the 100 backstroke.

The GHS 200 medley relay team of Blackhurst, Beckett, Higley and Ritchey finished ninth in the 200 medley relay.

The group of Ritchey, Kelly, Higley and Dhante LaFouro placed 12th in the 200 free relay.

Kelly, Beckett, Blackhurst and Ritchey sliced 10 seconds off their time in the 400 free relay which was good enough for 11th place.

“I told the kids if we qualified three individuals and all six relay teams for state I would let them shave my head,” Nash said. “Instead of three, we qualified seven individuals and all the relay teams. Thursday night before state they came to my class with clippers and shaved my head.”

Senior Alice Vinciguerra placed eighth in the 100 fly, and ninth in the 200 yard IM to score 20 of the girls’ total 30 points. Alexis Soltes placed 22nd 100 fly.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team placed 14th with Amanda Soltes, Alexis Soltes, Ericka Hughes and Vinciguerra.

The 200-yard free relay team also placed 14th with Jenika Hughes, Ericka Hughes, Caitlyn Smith and Alexis Soltes.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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