Paddler times fall at Richfield Invitational
The Castle Valley Barracudas participated in the Richfield Invitational on July 16-17 against seven other teams. These teams included the Richfield Dolphins, San Rafael Stingrays, Vernal Vipers, Ephraim Blackhawks, Cedar Aquatics, Delta DAYO and Salina Stingrays. This is the biggest meet of the season and the Barracudas finished with 54 best times.
Starting the events off in the 13-14 group was Brittney Willson in the 50 free. She swam away with a silver medal, just missing first by only .4 of a second. Paula Gibson had her best time with fifth. Dakota Noyes also had a personal best in 10th. Heidi Prettyman took 12th with a best time.
In the 15-18, Aysha Black had a great 50 free with her best as she captured the silver. Her teammate Jill Malone was right behind with the bronze. Heather Bone ended fifth. Kenny Carmack started his events off well with his best time in the 50 free.
In the relays, Barracuda girls 9-10 ended fourth; girls 11-12 captured gold; girls 13-14 took silver and girls 15-18 also finished with silver.
In the butterfly; girls 9-10 Kaisha Lott finished fifth, Taycie Davis took eighth and Allison Olsen ended in at ninth. For the girls 11-12, Ali Heath swam to a silver while her team mate Veronica Ibanez grabbed a bronze and Olivia Black took 11th. The girls 13-14, Heidi Prettyman came in fifth. In the girls 15-18, Aysha Black sped thru the water to capture gold and teammate Jill Malone took fourth.
The backstroke event started with the 7-8 girls. Destine Kutkus finished seventh and Ashlyn Sandall in fifteenth. Girls 9-10 had a huge group of swimmers. Taking 12th was Allison Olson, Kaisha Lott in 13th, Abby Layton was 21st and Jasmine Kutkus 22nd. Girls 11-12 Addy Olson captured the gold. Her closest competitor was a body length behind her, Olivia Black ended 21st with her best time. Girls 13-14 Dakota Noyes end up on the podium in fourth.
Finally on Friday night for girls 8 and under in the 50 free Destine Kutkus took ninth and Ashlyn Sandall in 12th. Girls 9-10 100 free Taycie Davis was seventh. Girls 11-12 Ali Heath finished in silver position, Addy Olson in bronze and Veronica Ibanez was fifth. For the girls 13-14, 200 free Brittney Willson captured gold with her closest competitor eleven seconds behind her, Boys 15-18 Kenny Carmack was forth.
The first event on Saturday was 7-8 girls 25 free. Destine Kutkus ended 12th and Ashlyn Sandall was 15th. Boys 7-8 Darren Oldham was fifth. For the girls 9-10 50 free Kaisha Lott took 11th, Taycie Davis in 13th, Allison Olson was 19th, Jasmine Kutkus ended 25th and Abby Layton takes 26th.
In the girls 11-12 50 free, Ali Heath captured gold, Addy Olson took silver, Veronica Ibanez was in fifth and Olivia Black ended 18th. For the boys Anthony Kutkus ended eighth.
Girls 13-14 100 free was a close intense race with Brittney Willson grabbing silver. She was out touched by .002. Paula Gibson shaved eight seconds off her time placing seventh and Dakota Noyes took tenth. For girls 15-18, Aysha Black grabbed the gold and Jill Malone took silver while Heater Bone took seventh. Boys 15-18, Kenny Carmack had another great race placing 15th and a new personal best time.
For the Medley relays the girls 9-10 took podium in fourth place while the girls 11-12 stood at the top with gold and the girls 13-14 grabbed silver.
The individual medleys (IM) consisted of all four strokes. Every Barracuda had their best times. In the girls 9-10 Allison Olson was eighth. For the boys 9-10, David Oldham finished fourth. In the girls 11-12 all three had impressive times. Addy Olson took silver, Ali Heath got bronze and in fifth was Veronica Ibanez. The boys 11-12 Anthony Kutkus was sixth. The girls 13-14 Heidi Prettyman ended sixth. For girls 15-18 Aysha Black grabbed silver, Jill Malone captured bronze and Heather Bone ended eighth.
The last event was the breaststroke. For boys 7-8 Darren Oldham took the podium with silver, The girls 9-10 Kaisha Lott also captured silver while Taycie Davis was 11th and Abby Layton was in 12th. The boys 9-10 David finished on the top of the podium with gold. And the girls 13-14 Paula Gibson finished in sixth and Dakota Noyes finished eighth.
"This is a large meet with about 200 swimmers. I am very pleased with how well we swam. We will be finishing off our season with a home meet against Delta and Ephraim on Friday July 30 at 10:15 a.m. I am hoping all 50 of our swimmers will be there to compete!" exclaimed coach Kamra Davis