Bingham swimmers competed in back-to-back meets on Jan. 9 at Lone Peak and Jan. 10 against Pleasant Grove, the last home meet for nine Bingham seniors—Cayla Callus, Jaydee Guy, Kamree Kelley, Shelby Steffensen, Hunter Browning, Logan Johnson, Jonathon Nation, Jake Truman, and Sean Yraguen.
“It’s always hard saying goodbye to the seniors,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “I’m proud of their hard work and excited to see them take their next steps.”
Callus had impressive performances at both meets, finishing first in the 200 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle versus Pleasant Grove and second in the 100 butterfly against Lone Peak.
“I was excited to give my last races at home everything I had,” Callus said. “I am definitely going to miss all my teammates and the energy we bring to meets with our loud cheering.”
Callus’s senior teammates also had stellar performances. In the Pleasant Grove meet, Guy placed first in both the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Kelley finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle. Steffensen set personal bests in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races against Lone Peak.
The senior boys also had notable showings in both meets. Yraguen clinched first in the 50 freestyle versus Pleasant Grove and fourth in the 100 breaststroke against Lone Peak. Johnson finished second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 backstroke against Lone Peak, as well as second in the both the 200 and 500 freestyle races versus Pleasant Grove. Truman landed third in both the 500 freestyle against Lone Peak and the 200 individual medley versus Pleasant Grove. Nation set a personal best in the 50 freestyle in the Lone Peak meet. Browning placed fourth in the 200 individual medley versus Lone Peak as well as third in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races against Pleasant Grove in his last home meet, a bitter-sweet moment for the senior.
“This team has become family to me,” Browning said. “I’m really going to miss the spirit that we have during the meets.”
Next up, the Miners face stiff competition in the Region 4 Championship Meet against Westlake and Pleasant Grove as well as defending state girls champion American Fork and defending state boys champion Lone Peak on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.
“The ultimate goal at region is best times all around,” Kankamp said. “There is nothing better than seeing the excitement from the kids when they finally get that best time or their goal time!”
Many of the seniors still have ambitions to realize before the season wraps up.
“My goal is to make state finals in the 500-yard and 200-yard freestyle,” Callus said. “I am really hoping to get personal records in both events as well as in my relays.”
“I want to drop some more time and finish the season strong with region and state,” Browning said.