Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 16, 2022
THS swimmers grab fourth place at Cedar Invitational

After two months of hard-core practices, Tooele High swimmers battled their way to two fourth
place finishes at the competitive Cedar City Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Tooele girls finished behind Pleasant Grove, Cedar City, and Crimson Cliffs, in the 13-team two-
day affair. The boys duplicated those efforts, finishing behind P.G., Cedar, and Canyon View.
"We are incredibly proud of all our swimmers,” said coach Holly Tate. “Virtually every team
member hit their best times and they turned in 43 personal records, which is amazing considering
it is our first meet of the year."
She added, "From our freshmen who competed in their very first swim meet to our seasoned
veterans, each and every one of our swimmers turned in outstanding times."
Team depth and consistency pushed the Tooele girls toward the top of the final team standings.
Captain Lauren von Neiderhausern, Kate Walker, Ava Leonelli, and Maddie Nicholson were among top Buff female scorers. That foursome grabbed a 10 th in the medley relay.
Leonelli and Walker made time drops to finish 7 th and 10 th in the 200 free.
Haven Saling finished highest among the Tooele girls, earning a silver medal in the individual medley. She also finished eighth in the 100 breast.
Von Niederhausern earned a fourth place medal in the individual medley as well as ninth in the 100 free.
Amelia Farris, Sailing, captain Sydnee Sherwood, and Nicholson finished 9 th in the 200 free relay.
The 100 back proved to be Tooele’s strongest vent with Leonelli, Walker, and Amelia Farris finishing seventh, eight, and 12 th respectively.
In the 100 breast, Nicholson and Saling finished fourth and eighth to add to the Tooele point total.
Leonelli, Walker, Farris, and von Niederhausern sprinted to a seventh in the 400 free relay.

Team captains Jaxon Day and Garret Pearson along with sophomore sensation Liam Seals led the Tooele boys in collecting medals.
Pearson battled his way to a bronze medal in the 200 free and followed to a fourth in the 500 free. He along with Delaney Bennett, Michael Smurthwaite, and Day finished sixth in the medley relay.
Day broke the one-minute barrier in the 100 fly capturing third place. He teamed with Pearson, Smurthwaite, and Seals for fourth place in the 400 free relay.
Seals finished fifth in both the 200 and 500 free, making consistent time drops. He also anchored the 12th place 200 free relay with teammates Kaden Martin, Gage Kwallis, and Michael Farris.
Distance man Aiden Adams dropped an incredible 17 seconds in the 500 free to garner ninth.
Adams along with Martin, Delaney and Farris finished 11 th in the 400 free relay.
Delaney grabbed a sixth place medal in the 100 back with a 2.4 second time drop. He added to the Buffs’ team total with 13 th in the 200 free.
Freshman Smurthwaite kicked off his high school career with a seventh place finish in the butterfly and 12 th in the individual medley.
Sprinter Martin earned team points with a 12 th in the 100 free. He also teamed with Adams, Farris, and Delaney for an 11 th place in the 400 free relay.
Morgan McEntire nailed his best time in the 100 fly to earn team points. McEntire, Gage Kowallis, Jonas Walker, and Adams scored in the medley relay.
Kincaid Anderson, a sophomore developing into a valuable freestyler for THS, earned swimmer of the meet honors for the boys. Coaches named freshman Brittany Goodwin as the girl swimmer
of the meet.
This honor is not necessarily given to who finished the highest in individual events. “We look at personal best times, team spirit, dedication, leadership, and several other aspects,” coach Tate noted.
She pointed out that the team honor could have been easily handed to one of a dozen other swimmers. “When every swimmer our team makes time drops – and some of them significant – it makes it challenging to single out a specific athlete.”
“It is invigorating to see all the hard work and dedication of our team during these past several months start to pay dividends,” coach Tate added.
Their performance at the Cedar Invitational builds a strong foundation for the balance of our season.
The Water Buffs host region foe Cedar Valley High School Friday at 3 p.m. at the Pratt Aquatic
Center.

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