Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 17, 2013
Tooele’s depth too much for rival Stansbury

Tooele High School defeated Stansbury High School in both boys and girls swimming Thursday, 197-83 in girls and 170.5-98.5 in boys.

The Tooele girls won their first three events against Stansbury before Lydia Harrell broke through for SHS in the 50-yard freestyle. Tooele’s 200-yard girls medley relay team of Maddie Nichols, Katelin Hardy, Cassidy Evans and Kelly Clonts opened the dual meet with a win at 2:08.21 to Stansbury’s team of Becki Clonts, Harrell, Kylee Herbert and Montana VonHatten, finishing at 2:14.00.

Amber Baker and Andrea Howsden took first and second place in the 200-yard freestyle. Baker finished with a time of 2:28.69, and Howsden finished with a time of 2:31.37. Stansbury’s VonHatten took third place with a time of 2:34.55.

First through third place in the girls 200-yard individual medley was filled with Lady Buffs as Jessica Knowles won with a time of 2:46.52. Aumanae Hitesman finished in second place with a time of 2:51.54, followed by Sydnie Hardy with a time of 2:54.71. Stansbury’s Herbert and Vicki Scoonover finished in fourth place and fifth place. Herbert finished with a time of 3:06.93, and Scoonover finished with a time of 3:15.08.

Harrell picked up Stansbury’s first win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.96. Tooele filled the next seven spots, highlighted by Kelly Clonts in second place with a time of 28.23 and Brook Baker in third place with 30 seconds flat.

Harrell won the next girls event as well in the 100-yard butterfly. She finished in first place with a time of 1:10.14. Tooele’s Madison Royle took second place at 1:15.49, followed by Knowles in third place at 1:16.34.

Nichols won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:04.74, followed by Stansbury’s Becki Clonts at 1:06.53 and Kimbri Herring at 1:08.99.

Hardy topped a list of top four from Tooele in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:29.22. Howsden took second place at 6:44.75, and Hardy finished in third place at 7:05.80. Tooele’s Hayley West finished in fourth place at 7:29.18.

Tooele snagged the top three spots in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay event. Kelly Clonts, Hardy, Royle and Nichols finished in first place with a time of 1:59.12. Stansbury’s top team of Herbert, Scoonover, Herring and Katie Kleinman finished in fourth place with a time of 2:13.96.

One of the closest events of the meet came in the girls 100-yard backstroke. Tooele’s Baker and Stansbury’s Becki Clonts battled to first- and second-place finishes, respectively. Baker finished just ahead of Becki Clonts with a time of 1:12.42 to Becki Clonts’ 1:12.94.

Another close event came right after in the girls 100-yard breaststroke, but this time it was between two Tooele girls. Evans slighly edged Royle 1:20.06 to 1:20.93.

Tooele won the final girls event in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Kelly Clonts, Natalee Headman, Nichols and Hardy defeated Stansbury’s team of Harrell, VonHatten, Herring and Becki Clonts 4:20.51 to 4:32.56.

Stansbury kept things a little closer in the boys meet.

Tooele defeated Stansbury by two seconds in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Wyatt Rapich, Jack McEachern, Jacob Leatham and Peter Imlay finished in first place with a time of 2:00.75, and the Stansbury team of Joe Davis, Garrett Hillman, Conner Clark and Josh Hinton finished in second place with a time of 2:02.66.

Hillman picked up the first win of the meet for Stansbury in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.02, which was 11 seconds ahead of second place. Tooele’s Tim Nowotny came in at second place with a time of 2:12.35.

McEachern won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:22.51, followed by Rapich at 2:32.29 and Stansbury’s Conner at 2:33.20.

Stansbury’s Hinton and Tooele’s Andrew Merkley swam in a close event in the 50-yard freestyle. Hinton won the event with a time of 25.35, and Merkley came in at 25.62.

McEachern won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.49, followed by Nowotny at 1:07.38 and Stansbury’s Scott Jones at 1:21.72 in third place.

That event was followed by another close race in the 100-yard freestyle. Tooele’s Imlay won the event with a time of 56.71, and Stansbury’s Hinton and Tooele’s Merkley tied for second place with times of 57.19.

Hillman won another race in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.09, almost a full minute ahead of second place — Tooele’s Joshua Robinson at 6:21.79.

Tooele’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Merkley, Nowotny, C.J. Dingman and Robinson won with a time of 1:47.09. Stansbury’s team of Conner, Davis, Jonathon Sonntag and Jones finished in second place at 1:56.22.

Imlay kept up the momentum for Tooele with a win in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.51. Rapich finished in second place at 1:09.81, and Stansbury’s Davis finished in third place at 1:21.73.

Conner gave Stansbury its final first-place finish of the meet in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.08, followed by Tooele’s Leatham at 1:18.41.

The Tooele 400-yard freestyle relay team of McEachern, Nowotny, Imlay and Merkley finished in first place with time of 3:49.89. They were followed by Stansbury’s Hillman, Sonntag, Hinton and Jones in second place with a time of 4:01.64.

Richard Briggs

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Richard Briggs is community news editor, sports writer and copy editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. Born in San Diego and raised in St. George, Briggs graduated with a degree in communications from Dixie State College in 2012. While there he worked three years for the college’s newspaper, the Dixie Sun, as a sports writer and sports editor. During his senior year, he was editor in chief. Briggs also is a 2005 graduate from Snow Canyon High School. From 2006 to 2008 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Kentucky. As community news editor, Briggs writes, edits and manages editorial and photographic content for the Transcript-Bulletin’s inside pages and sections, including Hometown and Bulletin Board.

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