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image Tooele swim captain Josh Robinson, shown here after he finished second in the 200 yard freestyle race against Hillcrest with a time of 2:09.51 earlier this season, had a personal best race in the 100 free against Clearfield and Northridge last Tuesday.

December 2, 2014
Tooele swimmers dominate Clearfield and Northridge

The Buffalo swimmers took a pair of dominating victories in a double duel meet against Northridge and Clearfield on Tuesday in Clearfield.

The Tooele girls beat Clearfield 125-40 and Northridge 118-51, while the boys took victories over Clearfield 124-38 and Northridge 127-43.

“The team is starting to get some consistent work and improving their strokes and turns,” said head coach Mel Roberts. “Endurance is coming but still needs a lot of work.”

The Tooele girls won all but four events in the meet.

Senior Katelin Hardy led a trio of Buffaloes in the 50 free, winning with a time of 29.35 seconds while teammates Brook Baker and Cassidy Evans took second and third.

Hardy also won the 100 fly in 1:10.44 and helped the 200 free relay team earn a victory.

Younger sister Sydnie Hardy won the 500 free in 6:33.24, beating out teammates Andrea Howsden and Amber Baker who both had personal-record performances in the race.

Evans won the 100 breast in a personal record of 1:15.23, beating teammate Maddie Eldredge by four seconds.

“I am extremely pleased with the progress of our new swimmers,” Roberts said. “They are learning how to compete at this level and their confidence is building.”

On the boys side, Tooele took a narrow victory over the Knights in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:00.26, beating Northridge by .11 seconds. Sophomore Dalton Wylie, who was part of the relay, later won the 50 free in 24.84 seconds and the 100 free in 53.92.

Senior captain Josh Robinson took second in the 100 free with a personal record of 56.72, and later helped the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams take winning times in the meet.

Junior Kayce McKendrick won the 100 fly in 1:05.52 while teammate Grayson Seal took second.

Sophomore Forrest Nichols was out-touched by Clearfield’s Ryan Skidmore in the 500 free, Nichols taking second in the race with a personal record of 5:47.68.

The Buffaloes host Grantsville and Rowland Hall in a duel meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Pratt Aquatic Center.

“Both Grantsville and Rowland Hall have improved their teams over last year and should provide some tough competition for Tooele,” Roberts said. 

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is sports editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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