Next year, Stansbury swim teams will miss Garrett Hillman and be glad to have Lydia Harrell back for one more season.
The Stansbury boys and girls swim teams combined for 141.5 points at the 3A State Championships Friday and Saturday at BYU led by the efforts of senior Hillman and junior Harrell.
The girls scored 78.5 points for an 11th place team finish, and Harrell scored 32 of those points on her own with top finishes in the 100 and 50 freestyle events.
The boys scored 63 points and also placed 11th with Hillman grabbing 34 points with strong finishes in the 500 and 200 freestyle.
Hillman finished second in the 500 freestyle with a personal best time of 4:59.91. The winner from Dixie clocked 4:55.90.
“During the entire 500, I pretty much knew that the Dixie swimmer would be out in front so I tried to use it to my advantage. I just tried to focus on my technique and what my time should be after every 50 yards. I felt like the meet went really great for me,” Hillman said.
Hillman placed third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.82 in a tight finish just behind Colby Clark of Cedar at 1:49.03 in second and Connor Newman at 1:48.32 in first. “It was real tight for the first half of the race and then the three of us broke away. I stayed in the third position the last half of the race,” Hillman said.
The senior swimmer said he was pleased with the meet because he hit personal bests in both events.
Hillman said he swam for a while around the age of 8 and liked it when he lived in Salt Lake City, but when his family moved to Stansbury he didn’t know of any youth swim teams to practice with so he moved on to other sports.
“In the eighth grade I saw a sign by the [Stansbury] high school for kids to join the high school team. I talked to coach [Dan] Peterson and started swimming again as a freshman,” Hillman said.
“We’re really going to miss Garrett, but the future looks bright for swimming at Stansbury,” Peterson said. “Most of our swimmers were freshmen and sophomores this year with only two seniors.”
Harrell finished third in the 100 freestyle, and sixth in the 50 freestyle.
She was pleased with her junior season, and wants to knock several seconds off her times in 100 and 50 freestyle. “I’d really like to break the records up there on the board at the Tooele pool for those two events,” Harrell said.
“Lydia’s an awesome swimmer with a big potential,” her coach said. “She swam a bit when she was young, but really got started as a freshman. She swam at region her freshman year and then had a full sophomore year and full junior year. It will be exciting to see how far she can go.”
In boys relay events, Hillman, Jonathan Sonntag, Josh Hinton and Conner Clark placed 10th in the 400 yard free relay.
Hillman, Sonntag, Hinton and Clark placed 11th in the boys 200 free relay.
Hillman, Joe Davis, Dallin Curtis and Sonntag finished 15th in the 200 medley relay.
Other state finishes for the boys included Hinton 22nd in the 50 free and Clark 22nd in the 100 breaststroke.
In girls relay events, Becki Clonts, Harrell, Kylee Herbert and Montana VonHatten placed eighth in the 200 medley relay.
Herbert, Ericka Katie Kleinman, Vickie Scoonover and Lizzie Burila finished 16th in the 200 free relay.
Clonts finished 13th in the 100 backstroke and 20th in the 50 freestyle. Herbert was 21st, and VonHatten 23rd in the 100 breaststroke. VonHatten finished 24th in the 200 IM.