“Anyone who made it back in a finals event was a standout performance in my mind,” Coach Rachael Kankamp said. “Originally, I thought only three of our swimmers would make it back to finals, but several of our swimmers moved up from where they were seeded and placed higher than expected. They stepped up and were ready to compete.”
Junior Jessica Gilchrist led the girls, placing ninth in the 100-yard backstroke and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Sara Wimmer finished 12th in the 200 individual medley and 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Cayla Callus landed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle. Other Bingham girls competing in the finals included junior Lexi Middleton (11th, 500 freestyle), sophomore Aubrey Reidhead (13th, 100-yard butterfly), and freshman Sienna Christensen (16th, 200-yard individual medley).
“I’m so happy with how I did,” Middleton said. “The first day I was especially nervous because I didn’t feel well, but I qualified for finals and got personal best times! It’s so rewarding to go faster than you ever have before, and no feeling is more satisfying than knowing you came to state prepared because you worked hard during practice.”
Two Bingham boys competed in the finals. Senior Logan Johnson finished 11th in the 200-yard freestyle, and senior Sean Yraguen landed 15th in the 50-yard freestyle and 16th in the 100-yard freestyle.
In addition, Johnson and Yraguen joined senior Hunter Browning and sophomore Nate Rock for a 10th-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay and an 11th-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
The girls also performed well in the relays, with ninth-place finishes in all three. Gilchrist, Middleton, Reidhead, and Wimmer made up the 200-yard medley relay team. Gilchrist and Middleton raced on the 400-yard freestyle relay team as well with senior Kamree Kelley and sophomore Natalie Aguilar. Kamree joined Wimmer, Callus, and senior Jaydee Guy for the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Guy reflected on her final race as a Bingham swimmer.
“I was very happy that I was able to go to state again for my last year,” Guy said. “I am happy with the way it ended, but I will miss my teammates for sure.”
Guy is the youngest in her family to swim for Bingham, marking the end of more than ten years that she or one of her siblings has swum for Bingham. Guy said Bingham Swim has had a big impact on her family.
“Swimming has probably impacted my family the most with the friends we’ve gained from it and the relationships we’ve built,” Guy said. “You learn to have a lot of fun no matter how hard it is or how tired you are.”
Middleton agreed that it’s the people who make swimming for Bingham so great.
“We’ve had a lot of great meets this season, but for me the best memories come from practice,” Middleton said. “We really came together to make the most of practice no matter how hard it was.”