Twenty Bingham swimmers qualified to compete at the 6A State Championship Meet on Feb. 19 and 20 at the Kearns-Oquirrh Park Fitness Center.
The state team included six seniors (A.J Kennedy, Caleb Mathews, Tanner Nelson, Izzy Nielsen, Aubrey Reidhead, Nate Rock), six juniors (Paden Bradley, Sienna Christensen, Sarah Gill, Sophie Pecoraro, Katelyn Reidhead, Ashtyn Whipple), seven sophomores (Shaye Anderson, Neil Bennet, Aubrey Goates, Grace Huber, Natalie Hymas, Mitchell Sorensen, Tyler Rock), and one freshman (Madisyn Gill).
Senior Tanner Nelson topped all competition for the boys, earning Utah’s 6A Boys “Swimmer of the Year” and setting two state records.
Nelson swam the 200 freestyle in 1:38.39, beating the previous Utah state high school record of 1:38.75 set by Deseret Hills’ Payton Plumb last year. Nelson then logged a state record in the 500 free with a 4:30.06, surpassing the previous record of 4:32.53 set by Viewmont’s Drew Bonner in 2016.
In addition, Nelson anchored the boys’ 400 yard freestyle relay team, which also included Mathews, Nate Rock, and Bennet. They finished in third place behind Davis and Pleasant Grove.
The boys’ 200 medley relay team, with Bennet, Nate Rock, Tyler Rock, and A.J. Kennedy, also made the finals and finished in seventh place.
For the girls, Huber clinched eighth place in the 100 backstroke and also swam with Madisyn Gill, Katelyn Reidhead, and Sarah Gill on the eighth-place girls 200 free relay team.
The meet marked the end of an era for the six seniors who swam at state, along with girls’ team captain Nicole Henriquez. However, Nelson’s swimming adventure will continue at BYU in the fall.
“My future swimming goals include achieving an Olympic trial time and qualifying for the NCAA’s,” Nelson said. “I’m excited that this great ride can continue, and I look forward to meeting many more awesome people and enjoying the sport I love.”