Bingham swimmers conquer 5 a.m. pool practice, 6 a.m. gym training and two-hour after-school aquatic workouts. Then, between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, they faced two competitions in three days—a dual meet against Pleasant Grove and the Park City Swimvitational versus 10 other schools. The rigors of swim team require persistence and dedication, but the hard work has its perks.
“I think everybody has the same mindset—get better, get stronger and grow closer together as friends,” said senior Patrick Taggert. “At the end of the day, everyone needs good friends and swimming is second.”
Team members cheer each other in their individual races and encourage goal accomplishment. Taggert has specific time targets for three races, including the 500-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley, his favorite race.
“I try to focus on my time goals and not what my competitors are doing,” Taggert said. “I can only control what I do, so if I meet my time goals, then I did it and that’s more important than how I measure up against the competition.”
Taggert’s drive and determination is paying off. He’s inching toward his individual time goals and also experiencing success in his relays. In the dual meet against Pleasant Grove, Taggert and teammates Sean Yraguen, Logan Johnson and Landon Stalnaker clinched first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay and second place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Teamwork also paid off for the women as Lindsey Young, Jaydee Guy, Hallie Huber and Brynna Thompson finished first in the 200-yard medley relay. Young, Huber, Thompson and Millie Reich also locked a first-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay, contributing to the women’s victory over Pleasant Grove, 99-71.
A number of Bingham swimmers achieved season bests in the Park City Swimvitational on Dec. 2, including Jake Truman in the 200 IM; Jonathan Nation in the 50 free; Heidi Anderson, Izzy Nielsen and Emilia Zilbershteynn in the 50 free and 100 free; Millie Reich in the 100 fly; Macy VandeVeegaete, Jared Jorgensen, Caleb Mathews, Tyler Agren and Zach Erickson in the 100 free; and Jessica Gilchrist in the 100 back.
“We started tear down this week so I expected them to be tired,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “Tear down is when the swim sets get harder so the swimmers are more tired, but for the most part they were close to their best times, which is good.”
The JV team will compete in American Fork on Friday, Dec. 8. The swimmers will train hard the next two weeks for a big meet at the Judge Invitational Dec. 15 and 16.