Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 25, 2023
Local high school swim teams compete in Tooele County Tri-meet

Tooele, Stansbury, and Grantsville, used Saturday’s Tooele County Tri-meet as a serious warmup for their region meets.

Tooele boys won the three-way meet with 139 points, outdistancing Stansbury (87) and Grantsville (47).

Stansbury girls showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in Region VII championships, by defeating Tooele 128-95, followed by Grantsville with 55 points.

Grantsville’s region meet will be held Saturday at the Pratt Aquatic Center at 9 a.m. when the Cowboys battle Ben Lomond, Ogden, Morgan, South Summit, and Layton Christian for the Region 13 crown.

Tooele and Stansbury travel to Wasatch on Feb. 4 where they face Cottonwood, Cedar Valley, Hillcrest, Payson, and Uintah.

Boys Competition

Tooele’s depth in distance and events propelled the Buffs to victory in the county-wide meet.

Stansbury jumped out to a quick lead with Braxton Johnson, Gavyn Tashro, Chase Barrow, and Luke Barry hitting a season best time winning the 200 medley relay.

However, the Buffs staged a super sweep in the 200 free with Jaxon Day, Liam Seals, Bennett Delany, Aiden Adams, and Gage Kowallis finishing first through fifth in the 200 free. That gave THS enough of a cushion to cruise through the balance of the meet.

Captain Garret Pearson grabbed first places honors in the individual medley while teammate Michael Smurthwaite finished second.

Grantsville’s Josh Park sprinted to 26.07 to win the 50 free Luke Barry of Stansbury and Tooele’s Michael Farris right on his heels in second and third respectively.

Day and Smurthaite finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly to pad Tooele’s lead.

Tashro picked up his second first place for the Cowboys by winning the 100 free. Hayden Johnson of Stansbury grabbed second followed by Cowboys Rigdon Murdock and Keagan Sheffield.

Seals and Adams completed the 500 free in 1-2 fashion for Tooele before the Buff 200 free relay of Pearson, Seals, Delaney, and Day won their event.

Delaney edged Stansbury’s Barrow in the 100 back while Farris, Parker Davis, and Morgan McEntire stacked up points with third, fourth, and fifth places.

In the closest event of the morning, Parks nipped Pearson by .06 seconds in the breaststroke.

Tooele completed their winning ways with Pearson, Seals, Smurthwaite, and Day sprinting home in the 400 relay. 

Girls Competition

Stansbury’s medley relay of Katelyn Taylor, Jaide Florence, Kara Hullinger, and Samantha set the stage by winning the opening event by more than eight seconds.  

Kate Walker and Isabelle Lay finished one-two in the 200 free and Hullinger grabbed top honors for the Stallions in the 200 individual medley.

Taylor earned another first for Stansbury in the 50 free, with Brooklynn Davis of Grantsville finishing second.

Hullinger made it a personal sweep by winning the 100 fly. She was followed by Libby Whitham of Grantsville and Laura von Niederhausern in second and third respectively.

Mary Armantrout of Grantsville dropped four seconds as she edged Florence in the 500. 

Stansbury again showed its overall strength in the 200-freestyle relay with Taylor, Florence, Samanth Jeppson, and Hullinger winning the event and snipping one-half second off their previous best time.

Grantsville’s Whitham, Emily Villanueva, Karleigh Richmond, and Kadee Dow finished second.

Taylor of SHS picked up another top honor in the 100 back.

Maddie Nicholson of Tooele led the field of breaststrokers, while Stansbury stacked up the points with Florence, Katelyn Nielson, and Ava Wright hitting the finish pad for second, third, and fourth.

Tooele’s 400-freestyle relay of Lay, Walker, Amelia Farris, and von Niederhausern cruised to a victory.

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