Miners Swimming Swimming · Miners Place Second in Four-Team Showdown Then Defeat Herriman in Dual Meet


The Bingham boys and girls beat both Woods Cross and Bountiful and placed second only to 6A pool powerhouse American Fork in a four-team showdown on Friday, Dec. 18, at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful. Three days later, they defeated conference foe Herriman at the Kearns-Oquirrh Park Fitness Center in Kearns.

In the Herriman meet, senior Tanner Nelson broke a third school record, this time in the 200-yard individual medley (IM). Nelson bested the previous record set by David King in 2010.

Nelson won all four of his individual races—the 500 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 200 IM, and the 50 freestyle—in the two meets and holds the fastest time in the state so far this year in the 500 free. He also swam the anchor leg in all three relays, including the 4×100 freestyle (with sophomore Mitchell Sorenson, senior Nate Rock, and sophomore Neil Bennet). Sorenson started off the relay with a personal best in the Davis County meet, which positioned the team in fourth place among all 6A teams this season.

Rock claimed two first-place finishes, in the 200 free and 500 free, against Herriman, while juniors J.J. Thompson and Paden Bradley finished first in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively. Bennet landed second in both the 100 free and the 100 back in the Davis County meet.

Junior Sarah Gill led the girls’ team with top finishes in both the 200 IM and the 500 free in the Herriman meet and second place in the 100 breast in the Davis County meet. Senior Izzy Nielsen, junior Katelyn Reidhead, and sophomore Natalie Hymas joined Gill for a top finish in the 200 medley relay against Herriman. Also in the Herriman match up, Gill swam anchor for the first-place 4×100 relay team, which included sophomores Shaye Anderson and Aubrey Goates and freshman Madisyn Gill.

At the Davis County meet, Nielsen and fellow senior Nicole Henriquez tied for second in the 100 fly, and Goates, Madisyn Gill, and Hymas clinched top spots in the 200 free, 50 free, and 100 free, respectively, in the Herriman matchup. Junior Ashtyn Whipple swam a personal best in the 100 breaststroke in the Davis County meet, landing a third-place finish, and then clinched first place in the same event against Herriman.

Sophomore Kara Beckstead and freshman Malia Scott also pushed each other to an under-seven-minute finish in the 500 free in the Herriman meet. It was Scott’s first time swimming the event.

“Kara and Malia are lane mates at practice and were seeded right next to each other in the 500 free,” said Coach Rachael Gill. “They swam side by side for an impressive finish in a challenging race.”

Next up, the swimmers will host Riverton in the last home meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Kearns-Oquirrh Park Fitness Center.