Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 11, 2023
Tooele swimming defeats Hillcrest High

The breadth and depth of Tooele swimmers proved too much for the Huskies of Hillcrest, during a Buffaloes home match on Thursday at the Pratt Aquatic Center.

Tooele girls cruised past their region opponents by a convincing score of 159-60, while the boys won several close races and edged Hillcrest 137 to 117.

Tooele Girls 150- Hillcrest 60

The Water Buffs won all eight individual events and all three relays to win easily.

Tooele’s foursome of seniors chalked up a bucket of points individually and on the three relays.

Senior captain Lauren von Niederhausern paved the way for Toole, chalking up wins in the 200 and 100 freestyle as well as anchoring the medley and 400 freestyle relay.

Sydney Sherwood, also a team captain, won the 100 butterfly.

Senior Kate Walker split excellent times on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays as well as finishing second in the 200 freestyle.

The future looks bright for Coach Holly Tate as her quartet of junior swimmers won four first places.

Haven Saling (individual medley), Isabelle Lay (50 freestyle), Maddie Nicholson (breaststroke), and Ava Leonelli (backstroke) each grabbed top honors in their events.

This foursome finished second in their other events to widen the Tooele victory margin and all four swam on two first place relays.

Versatile frosh swimmer Amelia Farris broke the 7-minute barrier to win the 500 freestyle, and led off the winning 200 freestyle relay.

Other point winners for Tooele included Joell Beard, Awmany, Elmer, and Akira Brito.

Tooele boys 137 – Hillcrest 117

Relay strength proved to be the difference maker, as the Tooele boyswon all three relays to edge Hillcrest by 20 points.

Tooele’s medley relay of Bennett Delany, Garret Pearson, Michael Stewrthwaite and Jaxon Day inched closer to breaking the 1:50.00 barrier by winning the opening event.

Parker Davis, John Marsing, Morgan McEntire, and Michael Farris beefed up the Tooele score by grabbing second in the medley relay.

The 200 freestyle relay of Liam Seals, Delaney, Aiden Adams, Kaden Martin turned in an excellent performance to grab top honors.

Pearson, Seals, Smurthwaite and Day sealed the deal — and the meet — winning the 400 relay during the final event of the afternoon.

“All these swimmers are dedicated athletes who give their all at every practice,” Coach Tate said. “They are the heart and soul of our team.”

Sophomore sensation Seals picked up first place in the 200 and 500 events, while Day hit the finish pad first in the 50 freestyle and butterfly as the Buffaloes split top honors with Hillcrest in the eight individual events.

Steady Delany earned second place in the backstroke and third in the 100 freestyle, while Pearson made significant personal drops in the butterfly (second place) and breaststroke (third).

Gage Kowallis, Martin, Kincaide Anderson, Adams, Jonas Walker, John Marsing and others all added valuable points in the Tooele win.

“When considering the mandated time off with the moratorium and holidays, I was pleased with our performances,” Tate said. “Our swimmers will keep working diligently before our taper and then it’s on to our region meet, less than one month away.”

The Buffaloes host Payson Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Pratt Aquatic Center and play against Cedar Valley on Friday. Admission is free.

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