Barracudas season ends with strong finish in Moab
The Castle Valley Barracudas competed in their last meet of the season on Aug. 6 in Moab.
Bryndee Maxfield, age eight, placed first in the 50-yard free beating her next competitor by three seconds and her best time 43.41. Hadley Bower, age seven, finished seventh at 1:07.11, and Ada Bradford took eighth with her best time of 1:08.41. The boys eight and under age group had a strong showing all day starting off with the 50 free as Boyd Bradford took first with his best time 40.58. Gabriel Ibanez finished in second with his best time of 50.50 and William Stoddart also with his best finished in fourth at 54.25.
The Girls 9-10 age group had Nicole Swasey finishing second in the 50 free at 41.37, and Katelyn Bower took third 45.09. Boys 9-10 age group has Noah Bradford in second place in the 50 free at 39.96 and Ayden Greenhalgh in sixth at 59.22. Girls 13-14 age group Abby Layton placed second with her best in the 100 free 1:30.53, and Amanda Huber took fourth at 1:37.16.
Boys 13-14 100 free had Joseph Keller with a outstanding swim placing first with a best time of 57.55, teammate Tyson Swasey also swimming a fantastic 100 free with a time of 58.57. Veronica Ibanez, age 14, swam in the girls 15-18 200 free impressing her coach with a first place and a great time of 2:20.67. The next stoke in the program was eight and under 25 breaststroke. Maxfield finishes second at 27.95, Bradford eighth at 35.44, Bower in ninth at 35.82, and Kyanna Stoddart in 11th at 1:05.15.
In the boys eight and under breaststroke Bradford captured first 25.80, Ibanez in third 30.41, and Stoddart in fourth 37.09. Girls 9-10 25 breaststroke Swasey really shined by swimming her best time 20.81, and Bower in fourth 27.37. Boys 9-10 25 breaststroke Bradford dominated his competition with his best time in first 21.25, Greenhalgh placed sixth only swimming this event for the second time 33.90. Girls 11-12 50 breaststroke Megan Swasey took third with her best time 47.45. Right with her Alexa Greenhalgh also with her best time took fourth 48.75. Girls 13-14 50 breaststroke Amanda Huber swam her best time 48.84 and took second, Layton also had her best 49.39 in third. The team had two girls and two boys that are in the 13-14 age group swim up for the breaststroke so they could swim a 100 instead of a 50. They were the youngest in their events. Kashia Lott took first, although the time was not her best of the season at 1:24.94. Veronica took second with her best 1:29.12. For the boys Joseph Keller took first 1:20.44 and Tyson took second at 1:21.12. Neither boy had their best time but they were close to it.
The next event was the 100 IM. This event is one of the hardest events for the little kids.
"Our team has a six year old that loves this event and every time she swims it I am so proud of her," said Coach Kamera Davis. "She just started swimming two months ago and it just amazes me how far she has come."
That girl, Ada Bradford finished in the eight and under age group in sixth 2:44.90. She was the youngest swimmer in this event. Her teammates Bryndee finished first 1:57.28 and Hadley swimming this for the first time, and the second youngest in this event finished fifth 2:39.69. In the boys eight and under 100 IM, Boyd took first 1:54.40, Gabriel came in second 2:12.03, and William was fourth 2:35.25. Both girls in the 9-10 100 IM bettered their times Nicole in first 1:42.78, and Katelyn in third 1:52.81. Noah finishes his 100 IM in first 1:42.97. In the girls 11-12 100 IM Alexa was swimming strong with a 1:39.25 in second and Megan Swasey came in third with a 1:39.40. In the 13-14 100 IM Veronica placed second 1:16.66, Abby who swam all best times and really looked good in her swims was fourth, and Amanda also swam well in fifth 1:44.75. Joseph Keller bettering his time 1:09.99 finishing 32 seconds before his closest competitor and took first.
Next was the backstroke.
"This is an event our team has been weak at but we have really worked on getting better and it showed," said the coach.
Out of 15 swimmers in backstroke the team had 11 best times. Bryndee came in first 24.03, Ada fifth 31.47, Hadley eighth 33.85, and Kyanna 11th 39.06.
"Boyd has really impressed me with his back stroke placing first in his age group." said Davis. "But he also had a fast enough time to take first in the age group older than him with a time of 21.84" Gabriel came in second 26.60, and William in fourth 27.12. In the boys 9-10 Noah came in first 22.73 and Ayden sixth 28.12. Alexa came in second in the girls 11-12 backstroke with a time of 46.41. In the 13-14 50 back Kashia Lott took first 37.32, Abby took fourth 45.31, and Amanda took fifth at 50.66.
Swimming up into a older age group Veronica placed second at 1:18.84 and Tyson took first 1:13.88. Bryndee placed second in the 25 butterfly at 25.25. This was Hadley's best event and she finished fourth at 34.18, and Ada took seventh 38.56.
Boyd took first in the fly 25.25, Gabriel took third 34.81, and William took fourth 35.68. Nicole was first at 23.00, and Katelyn was fourth 26.44.
"Katelyn has just moved into a new age group and is swimming very well even though she is the youngest," stated Davis, "She is a spit fire and makes the other swimmers work hard."
Noah once again took first at 20.69 while Ayden swimming this stroke for the first time took sixth 34.40.
"Alexa, who up until this year would not swim the fly, has really improved and forced herself to race it," said Davis.
"So she could get better her strategy is paying off finishing with her best time at 51.31 and in third."
Veronica, once again swimming in an older age group, got her best time 1:14.32 in the 100 fly and takes first. In the eight and under 25 free Bryndee came in first at 20.25, Hadley in seventh 28.21, Ada in ninth 32.38, and Kyanna in 12th 51.97. Boyd came in first at 19.22, Gabriel second at 22.01, and William in fourth at 26.79.
In the 9-10 25 free Nicole took first at 18.91, Katelyn was third 21.07.
"For the boys I have never had someone 10 and under swim their 25 free as fast as Noah," said Davis. He took first with a 16.91
"I am still in shock!" stated the coach.
Ayden came in sixth at 27.50.
Alea came in third for the 11-12 50 free with a time of 39.67, and Megan came in fifth with 41.15. In the girls 13-14 50 free Veronica came in second at 30.75, Affy came in fourth with a 38.94, and Amanda was sixth at 42.44.
"In the last individual events it is always fun to see Joseph and Tyson race each other," said Davis. "It is always close and you never know who will win. They had a fun little rivalry going on in the 50 free this time and it was Joseph finishing first with his best time of 25.50. Tyson was right behind him in second with a time of 26.66."
Davis commented on the entire season too.
" This was such a fun season. Every meet we went to we had a ton of best times. It is so great to watch the swimmers grow into great swimmers."
Davis said the team will be taking a break and will be coming back to the pool on Sept. 16. She asks that if anyone is interested in being part of a great team and can swim one length of the pool without stopping they should come try out.