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Another solid performance for the Barracuda swim team

The Barracudas won numerous metals from all of their swimmers.

By TERRY WILLIS
Sports reporter

On July 17 and 18 the Castle Valley Barracuda swim team competed in an invitational at Richfield. With seven teams and 187 swimmers this was the biggest meet this season. The 20 Barracudas swimmers show up for the challenge and every one on the Price team improved their times.

"The thing that made our day was when the other team started calling us the pesky Barracudas. That was a huge complement to us. They didn't like that we were taking their medals away from them." remarked Coach Kamra Davis about the meet.

For the eight and under group, Talley Larsen's third swim meet was another success. She grabbed gold in the 50 free and silver in the 25 free and 25 back.

The nine to ten year olds participated in the biggest of the groups with 30 competitors. Addy Olson swam to a gold in the 25 breast, a silver in the 100 I.M., 100 free, and 25 back. Davis pointed out that during her back swim she swam the 25 in 19 seconds.

Davis added, "For those that aren't swimmers, this time was very impressive. I have never coached a 10 year old that could get under 20 seconds in the back."

Veronica Ibanez is in her first season swimming and has had a good year as well. She took home the bronze in the 50 free and 25 fly. She also placed fourth the the 100 free, and sixth in the 100 I.M. Olivia Black ended up in 15 place in the 50 free and 17 in the 25 back. Black improved her previous times by a great deal. Taycie Davis placed seventh in the 25 fly, 21 in the 50 free. She took off five seconds in both events. Davis also finished 19th in the 25 breast.

The Barracudas 11 to 12 year olds were dominant in the meet. For this age group they had four swimmers for most of the events in the top six. Tati Larsen grabbed gold in the 50 fly, and 50 free. She scored bronze in the 100 I.M., and sixth in the 100 free. Danni Noyes has improved tremendously the season and is one of Davis's hardest workers in the pool. She took fourth in the 50 fly, 50 free, and the100 free and seventh in the 100 I.M. Heidi Prettyman finished with a bronze in the 50 breast. She also placed fourth in the 100 I.M., sixth in the50 fly, and seventh in the 100 free. Ali Heath walked away with a bronze in the 50 free, fifth in the 50 breast and 100 free and eighth in the 50 fly. Dakota Noyes placed sixth in the 50 breast and 50 free, Noyes also swam and placed seventh in the 50 back and eighth in the 100 free. Davis explained she was a bit reluctant to swim her final two events, but did a great job.

In the 13 to 14 age group, Lance Riche won the gold in the 100 back, silver for the 50 freeand took fourth in the 100 free. He also placed sixth in an event he had never swam before, the 100 I.M. Thory Vandyke took silver in the 100 breast, fourth in the 50 fly, sixth in the 50 free, and seventh in the 100 free.

For the girls in the same age group, Brittney Willson grabbed the gold in the 50 and 100 free. She placed second in the 200 free and third in the 100 I.M. Heather Bone placing fifth in the 200 free, seventh in the 100 free, 11 in the 50 free, and 13 in the 100 I.M. Stephanie Giacoletto took eight in the 100 back, 12 in the 100 free, and 13 in the 50 free. Paula Gibson in only her second swim meet went home with 11 in the 100 free, and tenth in the 100 breast.

The oldest age group for the Barracudas is the 15 to 18 year olds. Aysha Black scored a silver in the 100 free, fourth in the 50 free, and 50 fly, and fifth in the 100 I.M. Jill Malone took gold home in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free. She placed sixth in the 100 I.M and 50 fly. Brett Davis has a bronze for the 200 free and finished fourth in the 100 free. He took fifth in both the 50 free and 100 I.M.

The Barracuda relay teams also swam well. The nine to ten year old girls finished with a silver in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The 11 to 12 girls grabbed gold in the200 free. The team used 13, 14, 15 and 18 girls in the 200 free relay. This had a couple a girls competing in the older group. They still took silver. In the 200 medley they had two teams. Team A received a silver and Team B placed fifth.




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