Castle Valley Barracudas roll into action
The Castle Valley Barracuda swim season is underway and they have already had two meets under their belts. On May 22-23, the Barracudas swam their first meet of the season at the Spring Splash in Vernal. Only 12 girls and two boys represented the team. There are 50 kids total on the team.
The Barracuda girls posted the win with a score of 797 to Vernal's 619. Salina finished in third at 441 and San Rafael Stingrays scored 687.
On June 5, Barracudas defended their turf at the first home meet of the summer. In the past they have never had many boys compete and the local boys have never won a meet. Even though Vernal had more boys than Price they managed their first win with the score of 583 over Vernal's 526. Salina ended with 250. The Barracuda girls were also victorious with 1743, while Vernal and Salina came in with 473 and 389 respectively.
"With 61 best times and 35 swimmers competing, this proved to be a great start to our season," remarked coach Kamra Davis.
At the Spring Splash, things started off in the 13-14 age group. The Barracuda relay out touched Vernal's relay by only .001 of a second for an exciting beginning to the meet.
In the first individual event there was an open 200 free that any age could enter. The top three swimmers were all Barracudas; Brittney Willson grabbed first, Ali Heath was second and Christ Wells finished third. Elley Cowdell had a great meet finishing first in the 100 I.M. and third in the 25 breast stroke. Keirsten Oveson, eight, finished second in the 50 free and second in the 25 back. Daniel Bone, 8, took third in the 50 free and second in the 25 breast.
In the 9-10, Abby Layton managed a seventh in the 50 free, fifth in the 25 back, and sixth in the 25 breast. Taycie Davis took first in the 100 free, fifth in the 50 free, and fifth in the 25 breast. The ten and under relay team consisted of Overson, Cowdell, Davis and Layton finished second in the 100 medley relay.
For the 11-12 group Ali Heath took first in the 50 free,100 free and 50 fly. Veronica Ibanez took second in the 50 free and second in the 50 fly. Then in the 200 IM, competing against swimmers that were 14 years old, she placed second. Heidi Prettyman grabbed third in the 50 free and 50 fly. Prettyman won and completely dominated the 50 breaststroke.
In the 13-14 girls, Brittney Willson led the way to bring home first in 200 free, 100 and 50 free and the 100 back. Danni Noyes took third in the 50 free. Joset Wells got fourth in the 50 free, second in the 100 I.M., third in the 50 fly and 100 free, and fourth in the 100 breast.
The 13-14 relay of Willson, Noyes, Wells and Ali Heath took wins in both their relays. In the boys 13-14 Adam Bone placed third in the 100 back, fourth in the 100 breast, and fifth in the 50 free.
In the 15-18, Heather Bone got first in the 100 I.M., and 50 free. Christi Well ended third in the 100 I.M.,and first in the50 fly, The relay of Bone, Wells, Ibanez, and Prettyman took first in both their races.
Coach Davis talked about the second meet of the season, "There were two young girls-Destiny Kutkas, eight, and Sofia Crompton, seven, who a month ago could not swim the length of the pool. But they were determined to race, they worked so hard and I am so proud of what they accomplished."
Kutkas finished third in the 25 free and back, Crompton took sixth in both 25 free and back. Also in the eight and under age group, Oveson, finished first in the 25 free and second in the 25 back. For the boys eight and under Darren Oldham crushed all his times and finished first in the25 free and breast.
In the 9-10, Eliza Krum placed first in the 50 free and breast and second in the fly. Tally Larsen grabbed third in the 50 free and back while taking third in the fly. Allison Olson finished fifth in the 50 free and placed second in the back. Cowdell finished sixth in the 50 free. She worked really hard on improving her butterfly for the IM and ended in second in that event. She also placed second in the breast and fourth in the back. Davis had a busy day. She swam a total of seven events placing first in the 100 IM, seventh in the 50 free, fourth in the fly, fifth in the back and breast. Layton grabbed eighth in the 50 free, sixth in the back, and fourth in the breast.
The 100 medley relay A team, consisting of Olson, Krum, Davis and Larsen, placed first. For the boy's. David Oldham was back after a long break and finished second in the 50 free, and first in the breast.
In the girl's 11-12 group, the Barracudas dominated. Olson barley out touched her teammate for first in the 50 free. She also took first in both the 100 I.M., and 50 breast. Heath grabbed first in the 50 fly, 100 free, second in the 50 free, and third in the 50 breast. Prettyman placed third in the 50 free, second in the 100 I.M. and breaststroke. Ibanez swam away with fourth in the 50 free, third in the fly, second in the 100 free, and seventh in the breast. Sarah Ohlwiler finished seventh in the free getting a best time and in the breast she finished ninth. Abigail Krum took eighth in the free, third in the back, and tenth in the breast. Sadie Crompton, placed fourth in the breast, tenth in the free, and fifth in the IM Olivia Black finished 13th in the free and fourth in the back. Emily Broadbear ended 14 th in the 50 free.
The relay teams took first and second in both relays.
For the boys, Harrison Torgerson placed eight in the free and fifth in the breast. Anthony Kutkus took fifth in the free, first in the back and sixth in the breast. Gabe VanDyke ended fourth in the free, and breast.
In the 13-14 group Brittney Willson swam to first in 50 free, 100 free and back. Tati Larsen finishes first in the fly, fourth in the 50 free and third in the 100 free. Dakota Noyes has found shes a great backstroker as she finished second,and took fifth in the free, Danni Noyes ended second in the fly, third in the back and sixth in the free. Joset Wells took seventh in the 50 free and fly. She ended second in the breast and fourth in the 100 free. The girls also took first in both their relays. For the boys, Adam Bone placed second in the breast and third in the 100 free.
Aysha Black, 15-18 group, toke first in 50 free, 100 I.M., fly, free, and breast. Jill Malone finished first in the back, second in the 100 free and breast. Christ Wells ended second in the fly, third in the IM, and fourth in the 100 free.
For the boys in this age group Thory VanDyke grabbed first in the 50 fly and 100 breast. Lance Riche took first in the 50 free and 100 back.
"Our team has doubled in size and has also grown in strength. I'm excited for this season and impressed with how hard these kids our working. We have a group that are going to the games of the west on June 10-12. This will be all western states. Good luck to Taycie Davis, Veronica Ibanez, Ali Heath, Heidi Prettyman Brittney Willson, Shelly Heath, Jennifer Cluff, and Kamra Davis. If you see them wish them luck," added Coach Davis.