Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tooele senior Sho Ikeda swims the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against Grantsville last month at the Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center. Ikeda set a new personal record in the 100-yard butterfly and competed on two relay teams during the Buffaloes’ meet against Juan Diego and Summit Academy on Thursday.

December 4, 2018
Tooele swimmers top JD and Summit Academy

The Tooele boys and girls swim teams both came away with two victories in their tri-meet against Summit Academy and Juan Diego on Thursday at the Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center. 

The Tooele girls overpowered Summit Academy 185-49 and Juan Diego 159-89 while the boys edged Juan Diego 124-122 and triumphed over Summit Academy 182-20.

The Tooele-Juan Diego boys meet came down to the final relay, the 400-yard freestyle. Although Juan Diego took first, Tooele prevailed by two points by taking second and third while Juan Diego’s second relay garnered fourth. 

“There are no unimportant relays or times in swimming. It all counts and our boys race against Juan Diego showed just that,” Tooele coach Matt Mecham said. “It takes each kid showing up each day in the pool to build a team and program. They push each other to succeed and hold each other accountable daily.

“In a tight meet like this, every place counted, and we need every swimmer we have in the pool,” he added. “The guys who swam the third-place relay — Cooper Woods, Ryan Beard, Austin Chlubna, and Cooper Tolbert — helped put us over the top.” 

Overall, the team recorded 18 personal records (PRs), or season-low times. Senior exchange student Sho Ikeda finished the 100-yard butterfly in 56.92 seconds, having dropped almost four seconds from his initial swim of the season. Ikeda, who also won the breast stroke in 1:09.14 and swam on two relays, is from Japan and brought a wealth of experience to the team. 

Sophomore Sharon Seals and senior Brayden Davis swept the 200 and 500 free races. Senior Addy Seal won the girls’ 100 fly, and junior Aspen Grgich earned first in the 200 individual medley (2:34.27). 

Tooele took both medley relays with Annalee Beard, Myra Miller, Grgich and Seals swimming to a victory in 2:05.47 while Cade McEachern, Jacob Mott, Ikeda and Davis captured their first-place finish in 1:53.42.

Miller, Beard, Seals and Grgich also swam to a victory (4:12.83) in the 400 free relay with Ikeda, Davis, McEachern and Harrison Stoddard claiming second (3:49.41).

McEachern earned a first in the 100 back (1:02.53) while Miller claimed the 100 breast title (1:19.73). 

“While it’s great to win these meets, it is more important for each swimmer to continue to lower his or her time(s) and also swim times that will qualify them for the state championship meet,” Mecham said.

Tooele will swim against Stansbury on Thursday at 3 p.m. before hosting the Tooele Invitational on Dec. 14-15.


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