Carbon High swimmers open 2013-14 season with strong performance
The Carbon High School swim team competed in their first meet of the season on Nov. 8 as they hosted Spanish Fork and Payson.
Carbon defeated Payson, a fellow Region 12 team, but fell short to 4A's Spanish Fork.
Carbon High head swimming coach Kamera Davis said the team brought in a lot of new swimmers this season after losing a large group from last year's squad.
"Before the season started I was a little worried because we lost 20 swimmers from last year and I only knew of a few freshman that were coming in," said Davis. "I was shocked to see the number of swimmers I ended up with. Some knew how to swim a little and some we have started from scratch but all of these swimmers have worked hard to learn and I am looking forward to a fun season."
Starting the meet with the 200 medley relay both girls and boys teams finishing in second place. The girls team with a time of 2:12.25 consisting of Brittney Willson (Sr), Sadie Crompton (Fr), Lauren Engar (Jr), and Ali Heath (So). Boys team with a time of 2:02.35 consisting of Joseph Keller (So), Gabe VanDyke (So), Ryan Atwood (Jr), and Joel Garff (Sr). Carbon had several top finishers. In the girls 200 free Veronica Ibanez (Fr) finished in second place with a time of 2:22.84. Girls 200 Individual medley Lauren Engar dropped seven seconds from last season finishing third with a time of 2:41.20. Boys 200 Individual medley was a very close and intense race as Garff finished first with a time of 2:29.08, Keller in second with a time of 2:29.58.
The girls 50 free, Willson with her best time finished second with a 28.74 and teammate Heath also with her best time of 30.02 finished in third. Ryan Atwood finishes with his best time 27.44 in second and first season swimmer Kaden Earl finished in fourth with a impressive time of 28.35.
In the 100 butterfly, Davis said this is a race she was looking forward to as the team has two very good flyers and knew they would swim great times. Ibanez, a freshman, finished in first with a time of 1:14.08, and teammate Lauren Engar took seven seconds off her time from last season with a time of 1:16.65.
Girls 100 free was very close first top two finishers only two-tenths of a second apart as Carbon's Willson defeated a Spanish Fork swimmer with a first place finish at 1:03.26, and freshman Sadie Crompton took fourth with a time of 1:11.77. In the boys 100 free, the competition was also very close as Joel Garff finished with a time of 54.60 just out touching his competitor by three-tenths of a second. Kaden Earl took fourth with a time of 1:06.29.
In the longest event of the night with the 500 free, Ali Heath finished in second with a time of 7:21.83. Atwood also finished in second with a time of 7:08.29. For the 200 free relays, the girls and boys finished in second. The teams consisted of Heidi Prettyman, Tati Larsen, Sadie Crompton, and Veronica Ibanez and the boys team was comprised of Harry Tkorgerson, Connor Holyoack, Gabe VanDyke and Garrett Marsing.
Girls 200 backstroke, Susannah beat her time from last season taking second place with a time of 1:21.91. Boys 100 breaststroke, Garrett Marsing, a first time swimmer for Carbon, placed second with at time of 1:24.31.
Last event of the night had both the Carbon girls and boys 400 free relay teams each placing in second. The girls team consisted of Ibanez, Engar, Heath and Willson finishing with a time of 4:23.64, and boys Keller, Atwood, Earl, and Garff completed with a time of 4:09.26.
"We are a young team with a lot of potential I am looking forward to see how fast these times drop by the end of the season," said Davis. Carbon's next meet will be in Cedar City on Nov. 15 and 16. The next home meet will be held on Dec. 10.