Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 18, 2023
Tooele boys defeat Cedar Valley, drops meet to Payson last week

Tooele boy swimmers all did a double take when Cedar Valley’s Braeden Scott eclipsed the pool record in the 100 free in the time of 48.21.

However, Scott’s blazing sprint exhibition failed to deter the Buffs as Tooele slipped past their region foes 143.5 to 125.5 Friday at the Pratt Aquatic Center.

“Many of our team members continue to hit personal best times as the season winds down,” said coach Holly Tate. “We need everyone today to beat Cedar Valley.”

The Aviators won the medley relay and the 400-free relay as well as four individual events.

John Marsing, only a sophomore, won the breaststroke, his first high school win. The versatile Garret Pearson grabbed a first in the individual medley and repeated his performance by winning 500 free.

The Buff 200-free relay of Pearson, Kaden Martin, Liam Seals, and Day dropped 3.64 seconds for the other first place.

However, once again, it was depth of Tooele’s underclassman that proved to be the deciding factor.

Seals was on the heels of Pearson in the 500-free and finished one second behind him while dropping seven seconds off his best time.

Martin grabbed second in the 50 as well as a third in the 100-free. Michael Smurthwaite, the continuously improving freshman, finished third in both the individual medley and butterfly.

Kincaid Anderson, trimmed time off his 50-free to finish third.

Other valuable points were scored by Buff paddlers Bennet Delany, Gage Kowalis, Aiden Adams, Morgan McEntire, Karson Chulbna, Michael Farris, and Edoardo Marchesini.

Payson boys 150 – Tooele 121

On Thursday, the boys team found out how close competition is going to be in the upcoming region meet as Payson nipped the Buffs 150 to 121.

Smurthwaite trimmed two seconds of his best performance to win the 200 individual medley and grabbed a third in the butterfly as he flirts with the 1-minute mark.

After Tooele fell behind early in the meet, Pearson, Seals, and Adams swept the 500-free with 1-2-3 finishes. Pearson, Seals, Smurthwaite, and Day cruised to a win in the final relay of the day; however, those efforts were not enough to overcome the Lions.

Day and Pearson both broke the two-minute barrier in the 200 with second and third finishes. Pearson won the 500 with Seals finishing a strong second.

This week has two meets as they prepare for their Region meet. Tooele hosts Uintah Thursday at 3 p.m. 

On Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Buff seniors will be honored in a tribute at the County tri-meet against Stansbury and Grantsville.

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