“This is a big mid-season meet to get us ready for region and state,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “There were a lot of really fast swims and great performances. We taper somewhat, so the swimmers have a little more energy, and they are always excited for this meet, which I think plays a major role in the best times.”
Seniors Logan Johnson and Sean Yraguen led the boys. Johnson finished third in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 individual medley. Yraguen captured second-place in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free.
“I thought my performance was great,” Johnson said. “It’s good to have this meet with a bit of taper because it gets people focused again.”
Johnson also said he likes to swim multiple races so he can see the growth he’s experienced through his high school career.
“Swimming has helped me learn how to work diligently and focus on my achievements without comparing them to others,“ Johnson said.
Johnson and Yraguen combined with senior Hunter Browning and junior Aiden Marin for fourth in the 400 free relay. Johnson, Yraguen, Browning, and sophomore Nate Rock took sixth in the 200 medley relay. Browning also clinched fourth in the 500 free and seventh in the 200 free. Rock finished seventh in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly.
Junior Jessica Gilchrist headlined the Bingham girls with third in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 back. Gilchrist also finished fourth in the 200 medley relay along with senior Cayla Callus, junior Lexi Middleton, and sophomore Natalie Aguilar. Gilchrist was also part of the sixth-place 400 free relay team, along with Callus, Aguilar, and junior Sara Wimmer.
Middleton finished fifth in the 500 free, with Callus in sixth, and eighth in the 200 free. Wimmer landed sixth in the 200 individual medley, with Aguilar in seventh. Sophomore Aubrey Reidhead finished sixth in the 100 fly.
The girls 200 free relay team of Middleton, Wimmer, senior Jaydee Guy, and Sophomore Kylie Cheek came in eighth. Guy also finished sixth in the 100 breast.
“The kids swam their hearts out and were able to reap the rewards of their hard work,“ Kankamp said. “We should have quite a few swimmers make state, but they are going to have to continue to put the work in day-in and day-out.”
The Miners will train hard over the next three weeks before clashing with Region 4 powerhouse Lone Peak on Jan. 9. They will host Pleasant Grove at Marv Jenson the next day, Jan. 10, for the only home meet of the season.