Coed Varsity Swimming · Miners Clash with Cavemen, Enter Home Stretch

The Bingham High School Swim Team battled American Fork in an end-of-season matchup on Thursday, Jan. 11. For the Miners, senior Landon Stalnaker led the men and sophomore Hallie Huber claimed the women’s top spot.

Stalnaker finished first in both of his personal races, the 100 Fly and the 100 Back, and clinched first place with teammates Logan Johnson, Patrick Taggart, and Sean Yraguen in the 200 Medley Relay. The same group finished second in the 400 Free Relay, less than one second behind the first-place team.

“I felt great about my races,” Stalnaker said. “For this far into the season and how hard we’ve been working lately, it’s definitely where I want to be!”

Other notable performances for the men included senior Drew Jones, who set personal bests in both the 50 Free and 100 Free, juniors Hunter Browning and Logan Johnson who each set a personal best in the 500 Free, and junior Jonathan Nation, who logged a personal best in the 50 Free.

For the women, Huber topped the competition in the 200 IM and 100 Back. Senior Lindsey Young finished second in two races, the 200 Free and the 500 Free.

“The team did about how I was expecting since it has been a difficult week,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “I think they are right where they need to be heading into region and state.”

Many swimmers have specific goals for the end of the season, including Stalnaker.

“My personal goals for region and state are to break school records, specifically in the 200 Free and 500 Free,” Stalnaker said. “I was fairly close last year and didn’t end up breaking them like I’d hoped, but I have this year, so we’ll see how it goes.”

As a senior coming up on the end of his high school swim experience, Stahlnaker can reflect on his participation as a whole.

“Swimming has made me personally a way better person. The team’s atmosphere is just so influential. I love it! It makes a bad day a million times better just knowing youhave a whole team behind you,” he said.

The Miners will honor Stalnaker and the other seniors at the last dual meet of the season versus Box Elder on Thursday, Jan. 18.