Wasatch took first place in both boys and girls swimming at the Tooele Invitational, with Tooele taking second in the girls division and Stansbury taking third in the boys division.
Tooele scored 358 at the invitational behind Wasatch’s 508 on the girls’ side, and Stansbury scored 307 behind Wasatch’s 493 and Lehi’s 363.5 on the boys’ side. Tooele finished right behind Stansbury on the boys’ side with a 289.5 score, and Stansbury finished in eighth place on the girls’ side with a score of 130.
Grantsville finished in ninth place on the boys’ side with a score of 75, which put them ahead of North Summit, Emery and Grand County. It finished in 10th place on the girls’ side with a score of 48, finishing ahead of Grand County, Delta and Wasatch Academy.
The top performance for the Stansbury boys went to Ryan Brown for his first-place finish in the boys 50-yard freestyle. He finished with a time of 23.49 seconds. Brown also finished in first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.44 seconds. Another notable swims from the Stansbury boys included Jonathon Steele placing third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.88 seconds, Garrett Hillman placing third in 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:23.64, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Brown, Steele, Jonathan Buckendorf and Hillman placing second with a time of 3:29.35.
Tooele’s top boys performance went to Brandon Johnson. He took second place in three different events, including the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard fly, and he was part of the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team. Johnson finished with a time of 2:04.80 in the IM, he finished with a time of 54.90 seconds in the Fly, and he was the last leg for Quinten Smith, Peter Imlay and Patrick Burden for a time of 1:36.31 in the 200 free relay.
Grantsville’s Tanner Higley delivered the best performance for his school with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Higley scored a time of 1:08.76.
Tajia Perkins powered the Tooele girls to their second-place finish with a first-place result in the 200-yard individual medley. Perkins scored a time of 2:28.61. That was Tooele’s only first-place finisher in the entire meet. Tooele coach Mel Roberts was pleased with the races of Alexis Hardy, who recorded lifetime bests in her leg of the 200-yard medley relay, the 100-yard fly, the 100-yard backstroke and her leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay team of Hardy, Brook Baker, Perkins and BethAnne Chevalier finished in third place with a time of 2:04.84.
The Stansbury girls finished in eighth place thanks to strong performances from Danielle Williams and the relay teams. Williams took fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:16.37. The 200-yard medley relay team finished in seventh place, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team finished in eighth place. The 200 Medley team of Williams, Lydia Harrell, Kylee Herbert and Kirsten Asher recorded a time of 2:12.86, just behind the Tooele squad of Maddie Nichols, Briana Boulton, Cassidy Evans and Katelin Hardy. The Stansbury freestyle squad of Harrell, Hanna Taggart, Asher and Williams recorded a time of 1:56.49.
Three records were set for the Pratt Aquatic Center, all coming from Wasatch and Lehi. The Wasatch boys 200-yard Medley Relay team set a record for the PAC with a time of 1:41.54. Lehi’s 400-yard freestyle relay team set a record with a time of 3:21.97. Finally, Lehi’s senior Trevor Blackburn set a record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:59.40.
“Overall it was a great meet,” Stansbury coach Dan Peterson said. “There are some things that we need to work on and get better at. The next few weeks will be very key in our season. The coaches can work with the swimmers until Friday. We can only hope the swimmers will do some work on their own.”
Roberts said too that there are still adjustments to be made in order to get ready for the region and state championships.
“I thought that we would do much better than we did in the girls 50, 200 and 500 free, boys 200 and 500 free,” Roberts said. “The Tooele girls continue to improve and (have) depth in every event as they took the second-place trophy. Our relays did well as we move the girls around in an effort to come up with the strongest combinations. I need to work with the freestylers more as (they) seem to lose the close races. We have about six weeks to get everyone ready for the region championships.”