“I think the team is in a good spot right now,” Kankamp said. “They are ahead of where they were at this point in the season last year. That is always a good sign.”
The Girls 400 Yard Relay team comprised of seniors Cayla Callus and Kamree Kelley, junior Jessica Gilchrist, and sophomore Natalie Aguilar, led all Bingham relays teams with fourth place finishes in both meets.
“I really like relays because it’s not just my race,” Gilchrist said. “There are three other girls I am counting on and they are counting on me. I love cheering them on in a close race and getting loud. It’s not a good relay without the fun cheers.”
Gilchrist also performed well in her individual events, with a fourth in the 100 Yard Freestyle and a fifth in the 100 Yard Backstroke in Park City as well as a seventh in the 200 Yard Freestyle and a fifth in the 100 Yard Butterfly in the tri-meet.
“At this point in the season I’m feeling really confident,” Gilchrist said. “I can taste state. It’s so close.”
Other girls notching notable performances included Callus, with sixth place in the 500 Yard Freestyle in Park City, and senior Jaydee Guy with second- and third-place 100 Yard Breaststroke finishes in American Fork and Park City, respectively. Freshman Sienna Christensen also had a breakout moment in Park City in the 200 Yard Individual Medley, coming in sixth.
Seniors led the charge for the boys. Sean Yraguen broke the top-five in both the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Freestyle races in Park City, finishing third and fourth. Logan Johnson snatched eighth in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and ninth in the 100 Yard Backstroke in Park City. Hunter Browning and sophomore Nate Rock joined Yraguen and Johnson in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, placing fourth in American Fork and sixth in Park City.
The swimmers face a tough road ahead, as they now move into the “tear down” training phase.
“Tear down is where the workouts get harder and the kids are swimming more yards,” Kankamp said. “You build them up so they get used to swimming long hard sets.”
Next up, the Miners will compete in the Judge Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.