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Carbon braves storm to compete in Tooele

Carbon swimmer continue to improve thier times as '08 move forward.

Sun Advocate reporter

On Dec. 19 and 20 the Carbon swim team traveled to an invitational in Tooele against 3A, 4A and 5A teams.

A heavy snow storm delayed their arrival and cost the Dinos when the first two Carbon relay teams were disqualified for being late.

In the end, however, the Dinos felt the trip was a success with 23 best personal times posted by the road weary team.

Ryan Slane finished 24th in the 200 freestyle while bettering his time by four seconds. In addition, Kaeden Kulow took off three seconds as he placed 27th and Megan Barnett had an outstanding 200 medley swim with six seconds off her time and an 11th place finish. Brett Davis also swam a great 200 medley by taking four seconds of his time and ending up in 15th.

Coach Kamera Davis was excited about some other finishes as well.

"We had three swimmers improve their times in the 50 free," she stated. "Brianne Ewan took off three seconds, Terrence Henrie just barley took time off his best, but its still an improvement and Brandon Gibson finally dropped under the 30 second mark he had been working so hard to do. It paid off. Saturday started off great. Jill Malone surprised me with a great time on her 100 free, taking off eight seconds and beating the fastest time for a Carbon girl swimmer this year."

Kim Callaway also had a great swim while taking off two more seconds. Since the end of October she has dropped fifteen seconds off her time.

"That's impressive," exclaimed Davis.

Nannie Lowe and Brianne Ewan also took off four seconds. Brett Davis placed 26th in the 100 free. In doing so he almost finished under the minute mark at 1:0025.

Thomas Nielson took off six seconds in his 100 free while Ryan Slane swam his fastest time in the 500 free, as he grabbed a 16th place finish. In the boy's 100 back Kulow was 26th and improved on his best time.

In the girl's 100 backstroke Kenzie Mantz keeps taking off seconds every meet. At Tooele she took off another three seconds and Aysha Black also got her best time.

In the boy's 100 breaststroke Jed Prettyman cut his time under the 1:20 mark with a 1:19.83 posting.

"He improved after we made him change his stroke and he only practiced it one day," said Davis. "He finally went and cut his time and remarkably so. I know he's capable of better. It's just adjusting to the change. We also had three good relay times. The team is coming along great I'm proud of the improvements they are making every week."

The squad will return to competition on Jan. 6 when they travel to Richfield.

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