Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 13, 2012
THS swimmers sink Bears; will host invitational

Tooele swim teams dominated Bear River from start to finish Tuesday afternoon in Garland. Tooele boys won by a score of 129-57 and the girls swam to a 118-56 victory.

Tooele girls won seven of 11 events while the boys won 10 of 11 events.

Winners for the girls included the 200 medley relay team of Brook Baker, Tajia Perkins, Alexis Hardy and BethAnne Chevalier. Kelly Clonts won the 200 individual medley, and Tajia Perkins won the 100 free. Clonts, Perkins, Baker and Natalee Headman won the 200 free relay. Maddie Nichols won the 100 backstroke. Winning the 400 free relay were Hardy, Nichols, Aumanae Hitesman and Chevalier.

The boys won the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Kieson Stewart, Trevor Buck, Peter Imlay and Brandon Johnson comprise the 200 medley team with Quinten Smith, Patrick Burden, Andrew Merkley and Johnson on the 200 free relay team.

Individual events wins were picked up by Smith in the 200 free and 200 breaststroke, Stewart in the 200 individual medley and 100 back, Burden in the 50 free, Johnson in the 100 fly, Merkley in the 100 free and Imlay in the 500 free.

“We had to swim meters at Bear River and they only had six lanes, so it was a little disconcerting for the swimmers,” said coach Mel Roberts. “All of the races were 10 percent longer than if we were swimming yards. The swimmers had a hard time trying to determine how well they did in their races. I felt they gave a good effort and we had the chance to look at swimmers in events they usually don’t swim.”

Tooele will host the Tooele Invitational this weekend. The meet is one of the oldest invitationals in the state and swimmers are usually anxious to see how fast they can swim before the Christmas break and moratorium.

The favorites in both the boys and girls are Wasatch, Lehi and Sky View.

“We always swim fast at this meet because of the competition and look forward to it,” Roberts said.

Friday’s events begin at 3 p.m. and the action on Saturday starts at 9 a.m.

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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