The Bingham High School swim team competed in its first meet of the season on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Brigham City against the Box Elder Bees. Both the girls and boys faced off in eight individual events and three relays.
“It was a good introductory meet,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “There are a lot of new kids, so it was good for them to get their feet wet.”
Forty-seven swimmers make up the Miners team, including 10 seniors, 8 juniors, 17 sophomores, and 12 freshmen.
Junior Lexi Middleton led the girls with first place in both the 200 and 400 freestyle races. Senior Cayla Callus finished second in the 200 and third in the 400. The Bingham girls also swept the top three spots in the 100 backstroke, with junior Jessica Gilchrist in first, sophomore Natalie Aguilar in second, and freshman Sienna Christensen in third.
In the night’s premier relay, the 400, the Bingham girls team comprised of Gilchrist, Callus, Aguilar, and senior Kamree Kelley edged out the competition by less than one second for an exciting victory.
Three seniors led the Bingham boys. Logan Johnson and Hunter Browning finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 and 400 freestyle races. Sean Yraguen sprinted to second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle. The relay team of Johnson, Browning, Yraguen and sophomore Nate Rock clinched second place in the 200 and 400 relays.
“We definitely have a lot of room for improvement,” Kankamp said. “I am glad to have the first meet under our belt.”
The Miners will compete against more than 600 swimmers in their next meet, the Bingham Invitational, this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center.