Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 21, 2014
THS swimmers score easy victory over Bears

Buffaloes will compete in one more meet before region, state battles 

Tooele toppled Bear River Thursday in swimming in both boys and girls competition. The boys won 188-79, and the girls won 212-50.

Twelve seniors competed in their last dual meet for Tooele on Thursday.

They included captains Sophie Condie, Maddie Nichols, Peter Imlay and Jack McEachern along with Mariah Bosen, Kelly Clonts, Natalee Headman, Aumanae Hitesman, Kaelee Stringham, C.J. Dingman, Andrew Merkley, Tim Nowotny and Austin Pomikala.

Tooele coach Mel Roberts said the seniors have really stepped up this year and helped make the team look a lot better than it looked on paper at the end of last season. “They have been willing to work hard and swim whatever events they could to help the team,” he said.

There were several outstanding swims during the meet.

Imlay stepped out of the 200 and 500 free and turned a couple of outstanding times winning the 100 fly and 100 backstroke.

McEachern won the 200 and 500 free events both with lifetime bests.

Andrea Howsden had lifetime best times in the 200 and 500 free as working toward qualifying for the state meet.

Sydnie Hardy had a great individual medley finishing second and turning in a lifetime best by 10 seconds.

Kayce McKendrick had a great 100 fly as he continues to show real promise in that event.

Forrest Nichols had a lifetime best by nearly 3 seconds finishing second in the 100 breaststroke.

Dani Pick also dipped under the 1:30 mark in the breaststroke for the first time.

Bear River had a small and young team with a couple of outstanding swimmers that challenged Tooele in some events, but the depth of Tooele was very evident during the meet. The Tooele girls won 10 of 11 events and the boys also won 10 of the 11.

“It was a good meet for many of our swimmers, and helped answer questions as to what will be our strongest team for the region championships,” Roberts said. “Many are still fighting off the effects of the Christmas break, but I believe they will be ready for the championships in February.”

The coach said the 13 new girls and five new boys in the swim program for the first year this year have made a lot of improvement. “They have gained a lot of self confidence and are poised to be very helpful in the future,” Roberts said.

Tooele will swim at Ben Lomond Thursday against Ben Lomond, Ogden and Weber.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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