Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 15, 2012
Tooele lady swimmers score impressive victory over Box Elder

A strong showing in the girls 100 butterfly propelled Tooele to a big 151-135  victory over Box Elder Tuesday afternoon at Pratt Aquatic Center.

The Tooele Lady Buffaloes finished first, second, third and fifth in the event to outscore the Bees 22-7. The teams were even in the rest of the events.

Lack of depth hurt Tooele in the boys events, and the strength of Box Elder in the freestyle events made for an easy 186.5-99.5 win for the Bees.

Kelly Clonts finished first in the 100 fly with Briana Boulton second, Alexis Harding third and Jessica Knowles fifth.

“Kelly Clonts continues to prove a valuable addition to the team this year. BethAnne Chevalier, Natalee Headman, Katelin Hardy give us a lot of depth in the sprint freestyle events with Maddie Nichols, Sophie Condie and Andrea Howsden getting the job done in the distance events,” said coach Mel Roberts. “Brianna Boulton, Alexis Hardy, Aumanae Hitesman, Jessica Knowles, Brook Baker and Cassidy Evans beef up the stroke events.”

The coach said he was proud of the way the boys team accepted the challenge from Box Elder.

“They never gave up and used the competition to improve their times. The swimmers new to the team this year are getting better with every meet. We have a ways to go, but we are making progress,” Roberts said.

“Brandon Johnson, Peter Imlay, Quinten Smith, Kieson Stewart and Andrew Merkley continually turn in strong performances for us. Sean Stretch, Wyatt Rapich, C.J. Dingman and Duncan Holt are also adding points to the team total,” the coach said.

The Tooele coaches selected Tajia Perkins and Brandon Johnson as swimmers of the meet.

Perkins won the breaststroke and set lifetime best times in the 200 medley relay and the individual medley.

Johnson won the 100 butterfly and and set lifetime best times in the 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay.

Coaches’ Improvement Awards went to Brook Baker and BethAnne Chevalier for the girls and Peter Imlay and Sean Stretch for the boys.

Baker had lifetime bests in the 50 free and the 100 backstroke while Chevalier had a lifetime best in the 100 free finishing out of first place by 1/100th of a second.

Imlay had a lifetime best in the 200 free while Stretch had lifetime bests in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Tooele competes in the Cedar City Invitational on Friday and Saturday host Cyprus at 3 p.m. Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.

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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