All seven senior Bingham swimmers turned in stellar performances as both the boys and girls defeated Riverton on Jan. 9 at the Kearns-Oquirrh Park Fitness Center.
Senior Tanner Nelson broke his fourth school record, this time in the 100 freestyle, during his lead-off swim in the team’s first-place 400 free relay. His time beat the previous record set by Josh Richardson in 1994 and is also the fastest time in the state so far this year. Nelson clinched the top spot in the 100 free and the 500 free and also swam on the top-finishing 200 freestyle relay team. Senior Nate Rock joined Nelson in both winning relays and landed first in the 50 free and second in the 100 backstroke. The two other senior boys, Caleb Mathews and A.J. Kennedy, also had strong performances. Mathews finished second in the 200 free and swam on the first-place 400 free relay team. Kennedy swam anchor in two second-place relays, the 200 medley and the 400 free. Sophomore Mitchell Sorensen clinched the top spot in the 200 free and joined the first-place 200 free relay team, while fellow sophomore Neil Bennet finished second in the 50 free and 500 free and swam on both top relay teams. Junior J.J. Thompson landed second in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, and freshman Jesse Mecham finished second in the 100 breaststroke.
Bingham’s three senior girls also turned in solid races. Nicole Henriquez finished second in the 100 fly and swam on the first-place 200 medley relay team. Izzy Nielsen clinched second in the 200 individual medley and swam on the second-place 200 free relay team, and Aubrey Reidhead landed third in the 100 fly. Neilsen and Henriquez also swam on the second-place 200 free relay team.
Sophomore Aubrey Goates clinched two first-place finishes (500 free and 200 free), and junior Sarah Gill also topped the competition in two races (50 free and 100 free). Sophomore Natalie Hymas won the 100 back, and junior Ashtyn Whipple clinched the 100 breast. Juniors Kaycee Ellison and Sophie Pecoraro finished second in the 100 breast and 100 free, respectively. Sophomore Shaye Anderson landed second in the 500 free, and freshman Madisyn Gill logged a second place in the 50 free. The Bingham girls won all three relay events. Hymas, Sarah Gill, and Madisyn Gill joined Henriquez to win the 200 medley relay. Sarah Gill, Goates, Anderson, and junior Katelyn Reidhead won the 200 free relay. And Goates, Hymas, Madisyn Gill, and Anderson clinched the 400 free relay.
Next, Bingham will battle at Jordan on Jan. 14.