Forty Bingham swimmers clocked season-best times, and the girls topped Riverton, West, Copper Hills, Herriman, and Jordan to clinch the Region III championship title on Friday, Jan. 31, at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.
“Our team swam amazing! I couldn’t be more proud of all they have accomplished,” Coach Andee Bouwhuis said. “Everyone got out and competed in each and every race from start to finish. They made the endless hours of practice pay off by getting in and fighting for each and every yard.”
Senior Brynna Thompson led the team, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
“I am grateful for how the meet played out,” Thompson said. “Going into the meet, I wasn’t expecting to get first in both of my events. It felt so good to suit up and sail out.”
Senior Hallie Huber also clinched a first place in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly. Freshman Grace Huber finished second in the 200 free as well as the 500 free, followed by sophomore Sophie Pecoraro and freshman Aubrey Goates in fifth and sixth. Senior Jessica Gilchrist claimed second in the 100 back and fifth in the 100 free, and senior Sara Wimmer raced to third in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Sienna Christensen came in sixth in the 200 individual medley.
In the relays, Thompson, Gilchrist, Hallie Huber, and Grace Huber combined to finish first in the 400 free. And in the 200 medley relay, Thompson, Gilchrist, Hallie Huber, and Wimmer clinched third.
“My favorite races to swim are the relays. I absolutely love racing with my amazing teammates,” Thompson said. “I am so proud of our girls for taking that ‘dub’! We supported each other throughout the whole season and it really payed off!”
For the boys, junior Nate Rock finished fourth in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, and freshman Mitchell Sorensen landed sixth in the 500 free.
Although winning the races was exciting, Thompson said that wasn’t actually the meet highlight for her.
“I think the best part of the whole meet was pushing the coaches into the pool after we got our first-place trophy,” Thompson said.
Swimmers with state-qualifying times will cap their season at the 6A State Championship Meet at BYU, Feb. 14-15. For many swimmers, there is still more to accomplish before the season is over.
“I’m hoping to break the Bingham girls 50 free record at state,” Thompson said. “This is going to be my last meet of my swimming career, so I am going to leave it all in the pool.”