Tooele High girls swim team will have their hands full Saturday as they defend their Region crown.
The Region VII meet for the girls and boys teams is scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Heber City.
For the past three years, Tooele has garnered top honors to haul the gold trophy home from the regional meet.
However, this week they will be in the underdog role to cross-county rival Stansbury and historically tough Cottonwood. Other region foes include: Hillcrest, Payson, Cedar Valley, and Uintah.
In head-to-head competition, Stansbury topped the Buffaloes in a dual meet, the Tooele Invitational and last week at the Tooele County Tri-Meet.
Lauren von Niederhausern, along with fellow seniors Sydnee Sherwood, Kate Walker, and Mackenzie Justesen will all be looking to hit fastest times of their four-year career and score big for Tooele.
Coach Holly Tate has also developed an outstanding quartet of juniors in Isabelle Lay, Maddie Nicholson, Haven Saling, and Ava Leonelli. This versatile group will be relied upon to score the bulk of Water Buff points
Freshmen Amelia Farris, Joelll Beard, Ammany Elmer, Kaela Kubicek, and Akira Brito are also being relied upon to hit their season best times for Tooele.
Top Stallion swimmers include Katelyn Taylora, Kara Hullinger, Jane Dubrouski, Jaide Florence, and Samantha Jeppson.
“It will require major time drops by all our swimmers and for us to win all the close events in order to win Region,” coach Tate noted. “It will be tough, but I have all the confidence in the world in our kids.”
Led by senior captains Garret Pearson and Jaxson Day, Tooele hopes to make big strides from last year’s fifth place Region VII finish.
That pair along with sophomore Liam Seals and freshman Michael Smurthwaite will be eyeing personal best times to beef up the Buff scoring.
Bennett Delaney, Gage Kowalis, Aiden Adams, Parker Davis, and John Marsing are being counted on to additional team points for Tooele.
Stansbury looks to Braxton Johnson, Seth Van Cott, Chase Borrow, Gavyn Tashrow, and Luke Barry for the bulk of their region points.