Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 13, 2018
Two for two — for two

Grantsville’s Thomas, Begay make history with state swim titles 

For one Grantsville swimmer, Thursday’s Class 3A state swim meet served as a coronation four years in the making.

For another, it was a glimpse into the future for what the next few years may hold.

But, most of all, for both — senior Savannah Thomas and freshman Hadlee Begay — it represented a piece of history, as the duo became the first swimmers in Grantsville history to win state championships.

“My mindset was just to have fun with my last high school meet,” Thomas said. “Just go out there and go out with a bang. It’s the best feeling in the world. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Thomas, an Academic All-State selection who plans to sign with Dixie State University soon, came in as the heavy favorite to win the state championship in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke at the Wasatch Aquatic Center in Heber City. She lived up to that billing, completing the 200 IM in a time of 2 minutes, 16.84 seconds — nearly two full seconds ahead of Rowland Hall’s Grace Smith.

Several hours later, Thomas set a new personal-best mark in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:09.00. Her nearest competitor, Emery freshman Haley Guymon, was 6.2 seconds behind.

Begay also came in as a huge favorite in both her events, the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Her time of 59.59 in the 100 fly was nearly two seconds ahead of Smith, and her time of 5:18.85 in the 500 free put her 8.03 seconds ahead of Maeser Prep’s Kylie Hansen.

“I guess I just wanted to have fun with my first (state meet),” Begay said. “I’m excited for next year to see what will happen.”

Grantsville coach Chism Nash was thrilled to see his two top swimmers shine on their season’s biggest stage.

“To get that done and to see them get that, it’s awesome,” he said. “Their hard work, their example and showing the other kids that it can be done — for us to see two of our own come up and get (state titles), that’s awesome. They’ve been invaluable to the team.”

Thanks in large part to Thomas and Begay, the Grantsville girls finished seventh in the team standings. They contributed to the Cowboys’ second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (2:04.84, with Anika Higley and Reagan Hunter), as well as a sixth-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:53.71, with Hunter and Haylie Paulick).

Meanwhile, Grantsville’s boys team was just half a point away from a top-three finish, finishing just behind Region 13 foe Judge Memorial. Zane Thomas and the Smurthwaite brothers — Seth, Ethan and Ben — led the charge.

Thomas finished second in the 200 IM with a personal-best time of 2:14.68, and followed that with a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke, posting another PR of 1:01.68. Seth Smurthwaite was second in the 100 fly in a personal-best 57.15, and also took third in the 200 free (1:59.36). His twin, Ethan Smurthwaite, was third in the 100 fly with a PR of 57.48 and fifth in the 100 back in a PR of 1:01.81. When teamed with their younger brother, Ben, as well as Thomas, the Smurthwaites helped the Cowboys to a third-place finish in the 400 free relay (season-best 3:37.81) and a seventh-place effort in the 200 free relay (season-best 1:39.66).

“We came in and got our best times — we did everything that we could, but we can’t control the other teams,” Nash said. “We did all right. This is the highest that we’ve ever scored at state, and we’re bringing just about everybody back, so our boys will be stronger next year.”

Grantsville’s Jase Wilson also received Academic All-State recognition.

Class 4A

Tooele senior Collin McEachern recorded personal-best times in both the 100 breast and 200 IM, and teammate Hunter Sherwood had PRs in the 100 fly and 100 back to help lead the Buffaloes to an eighth-place finish in the boys’ team standings at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.

McEachern entered the meet seeded 11th in the 200 IM and wound up finishing ninth with a time of 2:06.09, more than three seconds faster than his previous best. In the 100 breast, he was the No. 8 seed, and finished fifth with a time of 1:02.78.

Sherwood was the No. 7 seed in the 100 fly and finished ninth, despite a time of 55.77 that was four-tenths of a second faster than his previous best. In the 100 back, he was seeded seventh and finished sixth, clocking in at 55.83.

Tooele’s boys also had a pair of seventh-place relay finishes. The 200 medley relay, which included Sherwood, McEachern, Scott Howsden and Grayson Seal, posted a season-best time of 1:42.92. Howsden, Sherwood, McEachern and Seal completed the 400 free relay in a season-best 3:26.83.

Stansbury’s Zaxton Hillman also had a pair of top-eight finishes on the day. His personal-best time of 22.94 tied him for eighth in the 50 free, and he was seventh in the 100 free in 50.34 as Stansbury finished 20th in the team standings.

Tooele’s Seal was right behind Hillman in the 100 free in 50.70, posting a PR of his own. Seal also posted a PR in the 200 free, finishing ninth in 1:51.34.

Stansbury’s Kally Morris and Tooele’s Myra Miller were Tooele County’s top female competitors at the 4A meet. Morris finished seventh in the 100 fly in 1:02.50, and also had a personal-best time of 2:17.59 to finish 10th in the 200 IM. Miller destroyed her previous PR in the 50 free, posting a 25.61 to finish seventh, and also had a PR of 56.08 in the 100 free to finish eighth.

Tooele’s girls 400 free relay of Miller, Irene Trebeschi, Sharon Seals and Aspen Grgich had a season-best time of 3:52.55 to finish sixth.

The Tooele girls finished 11th in the team standings, with Stansbury 15th.

Class 3A State Swim Meet

At Wasatch Aquatic Center,
Heber City

Team Scores


1, Rowland Hall, 279; 2, Carbon, 257; 3, Emery, 225; 4, Judge Memorial, 213; 5, North Summit, 179; 7, Grantsville, 146.


1, Emery, 242; 2, North Summit, 187; 3, Judge Memorial, 171.5; 4, Grantsville, 171; 5, Grand, 169.

Local Finishers

* — denotes personal-best time


200 Medley Relay — 2, Grantsville (Anika Higley, Savannah Thomas, Hadlee Begay, Reagan Hunter), 2:04.84*. 200 Freestyle — 21, Reagan Hunter, Grantsville, 2:41.08*. 200 Individual Medley — 1, Savannah Thomas, Grantsville, 2:16.84; 23, Anika Higley, Grantsville, 3:07.54. 100 Butterfly — 1, Hadlee Begay, Grantsville, 59.59. 500 Freestyle — 1, Hadlee Begay, Grantsville, 5:18.85. 200 Freestyle Relay — 6, Grantsville (Savannah Thomas, Haylie Paulick, Reagan Hunter, Hadlee Begay), 1:53.71*. 100 Backstroke — 22, Anika Higley, Grantsville, 1:22.29*. 100 Breaststroke — 1, Savannah Thomas, Grantsville, 1:09.00*. 400 Freestyle Relay — 14, Grantsville (Anika Higley, Vivienne Mathews, Haylie Paulick, Reagan Hunter), 4:55.02.


200 Medley Relay — 12, Grantsville (Trevor McBride, Remington Harding, Jarrett Randall, Gage Maughan), 2:04.52. 200 Freestyle — 3, Seth Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 1:59.36; 13, Trevor McBride, 2:12.74. 200 Individual Medley — 2, Zane Thomas, Grantsville, 2:14.68*; 22, Jarrett Randall, 2:49.78. 100 Butterfly — 2, Seth Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 57.15*; 3, Ethan Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 57.48*; 19, Jarrett Randall, Grantsville, 1:09.44*. 500 Freestyle — 11, Trevor McBride, Grantsville, 6:09.79*. 200 Freestyle Relay — 7, Grantsville (Ethan Smurthwaite, Ben Smurthwaite, Zane Thomas, Seth Smurthwaite), 1:39.66*. 100 Backstroke — 4, Zane Thomas, Grantsville, 1:01.68*; 5, Ethan Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 1:01.81*. 400 Freestyle Relay — 3, Grantsville (Ethan Smurthwaite, Ben Smurthwaite, Zane Thomas, Seth Smurthwaite), 3:37.81*.

Class 4A State Swim Meet

At South Davis Recreation Center, Bountiful

Team Scores


1, Park City, 355; 2, Sky View, 257; 3, Desert Hills, 252.5; 4, Orem, 160; 5, Lehi, 143; 11, Tooele, 84; 15, Stansbury, 37.


1, Desert Hills, 273; 2, Mountain Crest, 247; 3, Park City, 208; 4, Juan Diego, 176; 5, Cedar, 165; 8, Tooele, 125; 20, Stansbury, 24.

Local Finishers

* — denotes personal-best time


200 Medley Relay — 11, Tooele (Annalee Beard, Myra Miller, Irene Trebeschi, Aspen Grgich), 2:01.36*; 14, Stansbury (Trixia Fisher, Cambri Curtis, Kally Morris, Caroline Wilson), 2:04.74. 200 Freestyle — 11, Aspen Grgich, Tooele, 2:07.03; 24, Annalee Beard, Tooele, 2:15.45. 200 Individual Medley — 10, Kally Morris, Stansbury, 2:17.59*. 50 Freestyle — 7, Myra Miller, Tooele, 25.61*; 22, Trixia Fisher, Stansbury, 27.37. 100 Butterfly — 7, Kally Morris, Stansbury, 1:02.50; 11, Irene Trebeschi, Tooele, 1:03.62*. 100 Freestyle — 8, Myra Miller, Tooele, 56.08*; 13, Aspen Grgich, Tooele, 58.27. 200 Freestyle Relay — 12, Stansbury (Kally Morris, Cambri Curtis, Caroline Wilson, Trixia Fisher), 1:50.90*. 100 Backstroke — 11, Irene Trebeschi, Tooele, 1:03.45*; 17, Annalee Beard, Tooele, 1:07.19. 100 Breaststroke — 22, Caroline Wilson, Stansbury, 1:18.10. 400 Freestyle Relay — 6, Tooele (Myra Miller, Irene Trebeschi, Sharon Seals, Aspen Grgich), 3:52.55*; 16, Stansbury (Trixia Fisher, Caroline Wilson, Taylor Gillis, Kennedy Whicker), 4:17.99.


200 Medley Relay — 7, Tooele (Hunter Sherwood, Collin McEachern, Scott Howsden, Grayson Seal), 1:42.92*. 200 Freestyle — 9, Grayson Seal, Tooele, 1:51.34*; 24, Brayden Davis, Tooele, 2:00.15. 200 Individual Medley — 9, Collin McEachern, Tooele, 2:06.09*; 14, Destin Kunz, Stansbury, 2:10.94*. 50 Freestyle — 8(t), Zaxton Hillman, Stansbury, 22.94*; 21, Josh Gridley, Stansbury, 24.26. 100 Butterfly — 9, Hunter Sherwood, Tooele, 55.77*; 13, Scott Howsden, Tooele, 57.82. 100 Freestyle — 7, Zaxton Hillman, Stansbury, 50.34*; 8, Grayson Seal, Tooele, 50.70*. 500 Freestyle — 11, Scott Howsden, Tooele, 5:09.89*; 18, Brayden Davis, Tooele, 5:21.02*. 200 Freestyle Relay — 16, Tooele (Cooper Woods, Eric Beard, Stephen Bunnell, Brayden Davis), 1:44.37. 100 Backstroke — 6, Hunter Sherwood, Tooele, 55.83*. 100 Breaststroke — 5, Collin McEachern, Tooele, 1:02.78*. 400 Freestyle Relay — 7, Tooele (Scott Howsden, Hunter Sherwood, Collin McEachern, Grayson Seal), 3:26.83*.

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