Tooele High boy swimmers flexed their collective biceps and defeated rival Stansbury 181 to 79 at the Pratt Aquatic Center Thursday.
Buff captains Jaxon Day and Garret Pearson won all four of their events to lead the Tooele scoring parade. Tooele won 10 of the 11 events.
“Overall. I felt like our team had a great meet,” said head coach Holly Tate. “It was our first dual meet of the season, so it was a good indicator of things we need to work on.”
Tooele sent a clear message that they had zero interest in a close meet by finishing one-two in the opening medley relay.
Liam Seals, Pearson, and Day teamed with freshman Michael Smurthwaite to win in 1:45.35, followed by teammates Bennett Delany, Morgan McEntire, Gage Kowallis, and Kaden Martin nipping Stansbury’s top relay by less than one second.
The barrage continued in the 200 free with a 1-2-3-4 Tooele sweep. Day dropped four seconds from his previous best time for the win, followed by Seals, Aiden Adams, and freshman Gage Kowallis.
Pearson smashed his previous best time in the individual medley by nearly 14 seconds cruising to a 2:14 first place. Smurthwaite grabbed second, with Stansbury’s Chase Barrow third, and McEntire earning fourth.
Martin hit his personal best time in the 50 free for first and Delany finishing right on his heels. Stallions Gavyn Tashro and Matthew Holste finished third and fourth respectively.
Day, Smurthwaite, and Kowalis finished 1-2-3 in the 100 butterfly.
Stansbury’s Luke Berry earned first place in the 100 free as he and teammate Tashro finished 1-2.
Seals earned his second first place of the afternoon winning the grueling 500 free where he eclipsed four seconds off his best time. Adams finished second for the Buffs, followed by Austin Timmreck of Stansbury in third.
Delany, Adams, Kowallis, and Martin sprinted to first in the 200 free with Stansbury’s team of Braxton Johnson, Seth Van Cott, Cade Sutherland and Luke Barry finishing second.
Pearson grabbed his third win in the 100 back with Delaney in second. Johnson of SHS finished third and Parker Davis of Tooele fourth.
The 100-meter breaststroke proved to be the most exciting event, with sophomore John Marsing edging teammate Alex Jensen by less than one second who was one second ahead of Stansbury’s Holste. Tooele’s Edoardo Marchesini fourth.
Day, Seals, Smurthwaite, and Pearson capped off the meet by easily winning the 400 free relay.
Tooele travels to Cottonwood Thursday where they face the reigning Region 11 champion Colts.