Barracudas make waves at swim meets
Castle Valley swimmer Veronica Ibanez competed in the Utah Summer Games in Cedar City on June 16-18. There were more that 20 swimmers in her age group and still Ibanez medaled in four out of her six events and came within tenths of a second from placing in her two other events.
In her strongest event of the meet, Ibanez captured gold in the 100 butterfly. Ibanez then took silver in the 200 I.M. and the 50 butterfly. Finally rounding out her medal count with a bronze in the 200 free. This is also the first time she has competed in the 200 free. Ibanez also finished 4th in the 100 free and the 400 free.
"Ibanez has worked really hard to improve, even going to lap swim at night after a hard workout in the morning. She is determined and dedicated and proved what a great swimmer she has become," said coach Kamra Davis.
Earlier in the month eight swimmers from the Castle Valley Barracuda swim team traveled to an invitational in Vernal.
The top finishes included Hunter Heath with first in both the 25 free and 25 breaststroke and a close second in the 50 free. Gage Jensen captured first in the 25 free and third in the 50 free and 50 breast. Abby Layton swam one of her strongest meets taking first in the 50 back, and third in the 25 free.
Kaisha Lott finished strong with a first in the 50 breaststroke. She ended second in both the 50 back and 50 free Veronica Ibanez grabbed first in all her events. These were the 100 free, 50 fly, 100 I.M and 100 fly. Ali Heath also has a perfect meet with first in the 50 free, 100 I.M. 50 and 100 fly. Brittney Willson also had a perfect meet with first in the 50, 100 and 200 free and 100 back. Taycie Davis also competed and swam well with a few best times.
"We were not strong in numbers but strong in talent the Barracudas came to rock the pool," added Davis.