Strong performances push Carbon High swimmers to second place finish
The Carbon High swim team took a second place finish at an Invitational Meet held at the Price City Wave Pool complex last Tuesday.
Five teams attended the Invitational Meet with Richfield taking first with 966 points. Carbon took second with 832, followed by Spanish Fork with 705, Emery with 702, and Delta with 169.
Carbon High swim coach Kamra Davis said the team started off slow with a fourth place finish in the girls 200 medley relay.
The boys turned things around and picked up the spirits of the swimmers placing second in the 200 medley relay.
In the next event, Carbon dominated both the boys and girls 200 free with Brittney Willson and Brent Keller taking first.
In the girls 50 free, Davis said the team knew the competition would be tough.
"We knew the girls 50 free would be a fight," said Davis.
Twenty-seven girls entered and the top four finished less than half a second apart. Carbon's Paula Gibson was able to capture first.
In the boys 50 free, Dakota Powell dominated the field with an impressive first place finish.
In the 100 butterfly Tatianna Larsen took third for the girls while Dakota Powell took first place. In the girls 100 free, Gibson again took first. The Carbon boys did not fare so well in this event, finishing out of the top eight.
In the longest event of the night, Brittney Willson took second in the 500 free while teammate Brent Keller finished first with a nine second lead over the second place finisher.
For the girls 100 back, Davis said it was a very close race with the top two swimmers tied up until the last 10 yards when a Richfield swimmer pulled away from Carbon's Aysha Black giving her a second place finish.
"It made for an exciting finish in the girls 100 back," said Davis.
Lance Riche took second in the boys 100 back with an improvement on his personal best time.
The last relay of the night for the girls was intense, Davis said. After the first leg of the race, Jill Malone came in third with her teammates determined to make up the difference. Black dove in and started the comeback, finishing her leg tied for first. The next swimmer, Gibson, held steady pulling a little further ahead finishing her leg in first. The final swimmer was Willson who swam hard and fast to keep the lead for her team with a strong swimmer from Spanish Fork on her tail.
"Willson pushed through and touched the block first with only one second between them," Davis said.
The Carbon boys wanted to keep the excitement up, with a loss of an ineligible swimmer.
"The boys were determined to step up and fill the gap," she said. The first swimmer was Brent Keller who put in a strong start to the race, finishing five seconds in front of the second place swimmer. Next up, Lance Riche continued to widen the gap by three more seconds. Zach Prettyman then took his turn for the third leg as he stepped up showing a little extra emotion before the race.
"Zach told me before the race, 'let me swim coach, I can do it,'" said Davis.
Prettyman backed up his pre-race motivation as he took off five seconds from his personal best time. He held the lead on his leg with the next closest team seven seconds behind them. The team anchor was up as Dakota Powell knew he had a big lead but wanted to finish strong. Davis said he still swam his heart out finishing more than nine seconds in front of second place Emery.