The Tooele boys snuck by Stansbury in Thursday’s swim meet with Tooele getting large point outputs in three events, while the Tooele girls breezed by the Stansbury girls.
The final score in the boys meet was 146-139 in favor of Tooele, making the tightly contested 200-yard medley relay the difference maker. The Tooele boys garnered an eight-point advantage in the medley relay, and it was an event where Stansbury had the lead for the majority of the race.
Tooele’s Quinten Smith roared back in the third leg of the race to be even with Stansbury’s Garrett Hillman, and then Tooele’s Patrick Burden pulled just ahead of Stansbury’s Ron Totman at the end to give Tooele a time of 1:46.35. The Stansbury squad finished at 1:46.76.
Tooele’s other big events were the 200-yard Individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Tooele’s Brandon Johnson finished at 2:05.18 in the IM, and the next closest was Stansbury’s Nathen Bruce 12 seconds back.
Stansbury actually won more events than Tooele, but Tooele managed to pile on the points in the events it did win. Stansbury brought home first and second place in the 200-yard freestyle event with Hillman coming in with first place at 1:58.53 and Jonathan Buckendorf snagging second place at 1:59.71.
Stansbury dominated the 50-yard freestyle, swimming to first, second and third. Ryan Brown captured first place at :23.13, Jonathon Steele took second place at :23.96, and Totman took third place at :24.10. Brown and Bruce took first place and second place in the 100-yard backstroke with times of :57.02 for Brown and 1:00.94 for Bruce.
“I knew the meet was going to be a tough one with Stansbury’s depth in the freestyle and backstroke events,” Tooele coach Mel Roberts said. “This was only a battle. The war will be at region and state. Stansbury has a very fine team that will do well at those meets. They have a lot of strength in several events that will show in the big meets.”
Stansbury coach Dan Peterson said his boys performed well, but it just wasn’t enough to beat Tooele.
“Coach Roberts has done a great job for many years and continues to do so,” Peterson said. “A lot of the swimmers from SHS and THS are friends, but they are also competitors. From the first race to the last race and everything in between, there were great races. I think that will always be the case.”
The next two relay teams also dominated for Stansbury. The team of Totman, Bruce, Spencer Fajardo and Steele swam to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay at 1:39.00. The team of Brown, Steele, Buckendorf and HIllman swam to a first-place finish in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:32.39. The 400 Free team built a sizeable lead in that event and then coasted to a four-second victory.
The 100-yard freestyle event ended in a tie. Stansbury’s Steele and Tooele’s Smith stretched at the end and touched the wall simultaneously for times of :52.05. Stansbury’s Totman came in closely as well at :52.55 for third place.
The girls meet was not so close with Tooele swimming to a 207-77 win. Stansbury’s only win in the girls meet went to Danielle Williams, who posted a 1:10.74 first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
BethAnne Chevalier won the closest girls race of the day for Tooele in the 50-yard freestyle. Chevalier posted a time of :28.01 first place, followed by Stansbury’s Lydia Harrell with a time of :28.06, and third place went to Tooele’s Brook Baker with a time of :28.66. Stansbury kept things close in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Tooele’s Kelly Clonts, Maddie Nichols, Natalee Headman and Alexis Hardy took first place with a time of 4:19.81. Stansbury’s Harrell, Hanna Taggart, Kirsten Asher and Williams finished in second place with a time of 4:20.14.
Some of Tooele’s largest margins for victory came in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Clonts took first place in the 200 free with a time of 2:16.77, and she was followed in that event by three teammates with the closest time being 2:35.31, belonging to Andrea Howsden. Nichols finished the 500 Free at 6:11.63, more than 42 seconds ahead of Stansbury’s Asher.
“Overall the girls are doing very well and look better each meet,” Roberts said. “We are very balanced with strength and depth in every event. It will be very tough to decide what our strongest lineup will be, but it is a good problem to have.”
Tooele travels up to Tremonton today for a 4 p.m. swim meet, and then it hosts the Tooele Invitational during the weekend. Stansbury hosts Ben Lomond at the Pratt Aquatic Center today, and then it competes in the Tooele Invitational.