The Tooele girls swim team edged powerful 4A Box Elder 148-138 in a home meet Thursday. The boys were not as fortunate losing 208-78.
Box Elder took the lead in the girls competition after winning a close race in the 200 medley relay. The two teams took turns holding the lead throughout the meet, and Tooele was down 15 points going into the breaststroke where they regained the lead and held on to win the meet.
Box Elder swam to first-place finishes in all the boys events, and Tooele finished second only four times. Tooele’s Jack McEachern finished second in the 100 butterfly, Wyatt Rapich in the 110 backstroke and Jacob Leatham in the 100 breaststroke. The 200 free relay team of Wylie Dalton, Tim Nowotny, Peter Imlay and Andrew Merkley placed second.
“As bad as the score may appear, I was proud of the way the boys team never gave up and several had lifetime best swims,” said Tooele coach Mel Roberts. Those lifetime bests included Kayce McKendrick in the 200 free, C.J. Dingman in the 200 individual medley and 500 free, Nowotny in the 100 fly, Derick Johnson in the 100 free and 100 back, Josh Robinson in the 500 free, Jake Nelson in the 100 breast and Forrest Nichols in the 100 breaststroke.
On the girls side, the coach said Kelly Clonts, Katelin Hardy, Jessica Knowles, Natalee Headman, Maddie Nichols, Brook Baker, Maddie Eldredge and Sophie Condie good meets and offset the seven wins Box Elder had in the meet.
The coaches named Hardy as the girls swimmer of the meet for her best times in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly.
The coaches selected McEachern as the boys siwmmer of the meet for his best times in the 100 fly and 500 freestyle.
The coaches also mentioned the performances of Headman for her season-best times in the 50 and 100 free, and Rapich for his seaon-best times in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke.
The Tooele girls cashed in with their dominance in the 100 breaststroke. The first five finishers in the event were from Tooele. Evans won the event with a time of 1:18.27. She was followed by Eldredge, Condie, Katlan Stoddard and Dani Pike.
Fourteen teams will swim in the Tooele Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The meet starts at 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Teams include Carbon, Cedar City, Delta, Grantsville, Grand, Emery, Lehi, North Summit, Payson, Stansbury, Uintah, Wasatch, Westlake and Tooele.