Coed Varsity Swimming · Women Clinch Third, Men Sixth in Bingham Invitational

Thirteen teams and nearly 500 swimmers wrangled in the Bingham Invitational Swim Meet Nov. 17 and 18. The home team clinched third in the women’s and sixth in the men’s in an exciting two days of races that demanded physical as well as mental toughness.

Before the meet, the Miners congregated on the pool deck to envision success and calm their nerves.

“Meditation helps the kids relax and takes some of the pressure off,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “We have them visualize their races and see their goal times on the scoreboard. I believe this helps them have more confidence and gets them out of their heads.”

Ultimately, many Bingham swimmers logged personal bests.

“Overall I am very happy with everyone’s performance,” Kankamp said. “Lots of kids dropped time from their previous bests.”

Junior Logan Johnson dropped 11 seconds on his 500 free, after already dropping 10 seconds less than a week before. Junior Jonathan Nation achieved a personal best in the 50 free. Senior Millie Reich and Sophomore Sara Wimmer each dropped significant time on their 200 IM.

“I was so surprised when I looked up at the board and saw that I had dropped seven seconds!” Reich said. “I freaked out and so did Rachael, which made everything even more exciting!”

Senior Lindsey Young earned the most points for Bingham on the women’s side, with third place in the 500 free, fifth place in the 200 free, fourth in the 200 medley relay with teammates Jaydee Guy, Hallie Huber and Brynna Thompson, and fifth in the 400 free relay with Reich, Huber and Thompson.

For the men, senior Landon Stalnaker came away with the most points, finishing fourth in the 500 free, sixth in the 200 free, fourth in the 400 free relay and seventh in 200 medley relay, both with teammates Johnson, Sean Yraguen and Patrick Taggart.

Bingham’s next meet with be Nov. 30 against Pleasant Grove.