Coed Varsity Swimming · Personal Best Abound, Miner Girls Earn Fourth at Bingham Invitational


The Miner girls’ team earned fourth place, and dozens of swimmers set season personal bests at the 2018 Bingham Invitational Meet Nov. 16 and 17. Fourteen teams and more than 600 swimmers competed at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center.

“It was a great meet for our team,“ Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “The kids swam hard and I am very proud of them. There were many season bests and some lifetime bests.”

The Miner girls placed fourth behind American Fork, Lone Peak, and Riverton. They were led by juniors Sara Wimmer and Jessica Gilchrist.

Wimmer finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley, followed by freshman Sienna Christensen in sixth and sophomore Natalie Aguilar in ninth. Wimmer also placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke, just ahead of senior Jaydee Guy who finished eighth.

“I felt so good about my races,” Wimmer said. “I knocked down walls that I thought were going to be impossible, and I went season personal bests.”

Gilchrist had a strong showing in both the 100-yard freestyle and backstroke, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Gilchrist also swam on the seventh-place 200-yard medley relay team, which included teammates Lexi Middleton, Aguilar, and senior Cayla Callus. Wimmer and Middleton joined seniors Kamree Kelley and Guy for a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Gilchrist, Kelley, Callus, and Aguilar combined for eighth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Seniors Logan Johnson and Sean Yraguen led the Bingham boys. Johnson placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, and Yraguen secured ninth in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Hunter Browning and sophomore Nate Rock joined Johnson and Yraguen to finish ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, cheered on by enthusiastic teammates in the final race of the day.

“It is so fun to swim for Bingham,” Wimmer said. “Not only do we have amazing coaches, but we also have teammates who support each other no matter what. There is no better feeling than to have your team standing at the end of your lane cheering for you.”

Next up, Bingham begins Region 4 showdowns with a tri-meet versus American Fork and Westlake on Nov. 28.