Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 28, 2014
THS swimmers topple teams from Weber County

The Tooele swim team tuned up for the Region 11 championships with a meet at Ben Lomond on Thursday.

Both the boys teams and girls teams finished in first place at the meet against Ben Lomond, Ogden and Bonneville.

Tooele boys defeated Ogden 107-46, Bonneville 90-80 and Ben Lomond 96-74.

Tooele girls defeated Ogden 125-34, Bonneville 121-49 and Ben Lomond 132-38.

In the boys events, Bonneville dominated the first-place finishes with eight, Tooele had two and Ben Lomond one. Winners for Tooele were Jack McEachern in the 500 free and the 400 relay team of Wylie Dalton, Peter Imlay, McEachern and Tim Nowotny.

The Tooele boys were able to win the meet on the strength of the 200 IM with a second and third, the 100 fly with a second, fourth and sixth, the 100 free with a second, third and fifth and the 500 free with a first, second and third.

Turning in impressive swims for the boys were Josh Robinson in the 200 and 100 free, Kayce McKendrick in the 100 fly, Andrew Merkley in the 100 free, Derick Johnson in the 100 free and 100 back, Imlay in the 500 free and Forrest Nichols in the 100 back.

“Our boys team will depend on the seniors to have a shot at the region championship,” coach Mel Roberts said. “It will be a good battle with Grantsville and Ben Lomond for the region title.”

Tooele boys finished the dual season with a 7-4 record.

Tooele girls finished the dual season with an 11-0 mark.

At the Ben Lomond meet, the girls finished first in seven events. Bonneville and Ogden each finished first twice.

Tooele girls won the 200 medley relay with the team of Brook Baker, Cassidy Evans, Katelin Hardy and Maddie Royle.

Kelly Clonts won the 100 and 200 freestyle while Katelin Hardy won the 100 fly. Maddie Nichols won the 500 free.

Tooele won the 200 free relay with Royle, Baker, Natalie Headman and Clonts. Tooele won the 400 free relay with Katelin Hardy, Nichols, Headman and Clonts.

Other swimmers who swam well for Tooele were Sydney Hardy, Maddie Nichols, Amber Baker, Jessica Knowles, Maddie Royle, Aumanae Hitesman and Breana Voight.

Roberts said the girls will also be led by the seniors.

“My wish for the team is for them to have fun and enjoy the meet Saturday along with doing their best times of the year,” Roberts said. “It has been an interesting group of swimmers to work with this year, but they have worked hard and I’m confident they will have a great meet.”

The Region 11 meet on Saturday starts at 10 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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