Multiple Teams · Miners Rise to Occasion, 33 Swimmers Achieve Personal Bests at Region Finale

Thirty-three members of the Bingham Swim Team logged personal bests in an individual or relay event at the Region IV Championships on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful. The women finished third overall and the men fourth in arguably the toughest region in 6A.

“Awesome, awesome, awesome meet,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “Everyone swam their heart out. I couldn’t be any happier with their performance. I am so proud of this team and all the hard work they have put in.”

The women were led by sophomore Brynna Thompson’s 33 points (second place in the 50 free and third place in the 100 fly), senior Lindsey Young’s 32 points (second place in the 500 free and fourth place in the 200 free), senior Millie Reich’s 28 points (third place in the 200 IM and seventh place in the 100 fly), and juniors Cayla Callus (fourth place in the 500 free and eighth place in the 200 free) and Jaydee Guy (second place in the 100 breast and ninth place in the 200 IM) with 26 points each.

Other women scoring points for the team included Hallie Huber (23), Jenna Hodnett (20), Jessica Gilchrist (18), Lexi Middleton (16), Kamree Kelley (7), Macy VandeVeegaete (3), and Machayla Griffiths (2).

The women’s relay teams also performed well. Bingham finished third in the 200 medley relay (Thompson, Guy, Huber, and Hodnett); third in the 200 free relay (Young, Reich, Guy, and Hodnett); and third in the 400 free relay (Thompson, Young, Reich, and Huber).

Senior Landon Stalnaker scored the most points for the men with 28 (fifth place in both the 200 free and the 500 free). Other top scorers for the men included junior Sean Yraguen with 24 (seventh place in both the 50 free and 100 free), junior Logan Johnson with 16 (ninth place in the 500 free and tenth place in the 200 free), senior Patrick Taggart (eleventh place in the 200 IM and fourteenth place in the 500 free) with nine points, and freshman Nate Rock (eleventh place in the 100 fly and fifteenth place in the 100 back) also with nine points.

Additional men logging points for the team included Drew Jones (8), Hunter Browning (7), Jordan Powell (6), Brendon Pina (4), Kyle Ray (3), and Daniel Rios (1).

Stalnaker, Yraguen, Johnson, and Taggart also finished fourth in the 400 free relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay.

“There were a lot of best times in this meet,” Kankamp said. “Almost every kid dropped in at least one event if not two. And some of them had major drops in their events. They were incredible.”

Many of the Region performances qualified swimmers for the 6A State Championships on Feb. 8-9, 2018.