Thirty-eight Miners swam personal bests at the Region Four Championship Swim Meet versus Lone Peak, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, and Westlake on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.
“I am happy with our performance overall and proud of the team,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “We had a lot of best times, and the swimmers who didn’t get a best time were very close.”
The girls finished third overall with standout performances by junior Jessica Gilchrist (second in the 100-yard backstroke and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle), junior Sara Wimmer (third in the 200-yard individual medley and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke), freshman Sienna Christensen (fourth in the 200-yard individual medley), senior Jaydee Guy (sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke), sophomore Natalie Aguilar (sixth in the 200-yard individual medley), sophomore Aubrey Reidhead (sixth in the 100-yard butterfly), junior Lexi Middleton (seventh in the 500-year freestyle), and senior Cayla Callus (eighth in the 500-yard freestyle).
The Bingham girls’ relays also performed well. Gilchrist, Middleton, Reidhead, and Aguilar combined for a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. And, in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Gilchrist, Middleton, Aguilar, and senior Kamree Kelley came in fourth. Kelley, Callus, Wimmer, and sophomore Kylie Cheek also landed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
“It was very rewarding to see my hard work throughout the season pay off,” Kelley said. “I always love the feeling of excitement and adrenaline I get as I compete in a relay with my friends at a big meet like region.”
The boys finished fifth overall, led by senior sprinter Sean Yraguen (fifth in the 100-yard freestyle and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle).
“Region was so much fun, and I was able to beat my personal records in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events,” Yraguen said.
Other boys logging top performances at region included senior Logan Johnson (seventh in the 500-yard freestyle) and sophomore Nate Rock (eighth in the 100-yard butterfly). Yraguen, Johnson, Rock, and senior Hunter Browning also finished fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay. In the 200-yard medley relay, Yraguen, Johnson, Rock, and junior Aiden Marin came in fifth.
Yraguen, who qualified for the 6A State Meet in both of his individual events, said he still has goals to accomplish.
“I plan to do whatever it takes to beat my times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events,” he said. “I’m excited to see so many of my buds make it to State also.”
Kelley agreed that there is still progress to make at State.
“I would like to go a best time in my events because I always want to perform my best, especially at a championship swim meet,” Kelley said. “But another goal of mine is to make sure my teammates are having fun and that they know they have the support of their team behind them as they race.”
Both seniors said they will miss a lot about swimming for Bingham.
“I will truly miss the team and being around such great people,” Yraguen said. “It has made me a better person because of their support and friendship.”
Kelley had a hard time pinning down a single best memory related to her experiences with Bingham Swimming.
“My best memory of Bingham isn’t a single memory, but the lessons I’ve learned and the friendships I’ve made with my teammates and coaches,” Kelley said. “Being on the Bingham Swim Team for four years has taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, but also the importance of making good relationships. I’ll be forever grateful for the memories I’ve made.”
The 6A State Championship Swim Meet will take place Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at BYU.