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Carbon High swim teams set personal, team bests at State Championships

The Carbon High Swim Team swam well as they traveled to BYU on Feb. 3 and 4, 2012 for the State Championships.

There are 30 teams participating in the 3A division this year bigger than all other divisions. Carbon Girls placed 19th at state Carbon boys placed 14th. This year was a hard year the times where extremely fast.

"Our swimmers held their own and accomplish some amazing things, at state we broke three school records these are the first records that have been broke since I started coaching four years ago," said Carbon High swim coach Kamera Davis.

The longest record broke was the 200 freestyle held by Steven Whear in 1991 with a time of 1:56.22. Brent Keller broke that record with a time of 1:55.80.

The girls 200 free relay broke the school record that has stood since 1993 the time was 1:56.96 our time is 1:54.34 the record breaking team consists of Brittney Willson a sophomore, Lauren Engar a freshman, Annika Hansen a sophomore and Paula Gibson a junior.

The boys 200 free relay also broke the school record, recording a time of 1.35.69 beating the previous time of 1:35.90. The record breaking relay consists of junior Brent Keller, sophomore Joel Garff, junior Lance Riche, and junior Dakota Powell.

"This state swim meet I had the five individual swimmers go in their events, this might not sound like much but it is the most individuals I have ever taken as a coach to state, I always have relays make it but not this many individuals," said Davis.

Brittney Willson finished the 200 free placing 23rd and swimming her best time of 2:22.94. Paula Gibson swam in the 50 free placing 23rd with her best time of 28.47.

Powell made state in two events the 50 free placing 8th with a best time of 23.35 and 100 free placing 20th. Keller, along with his record swim, also swam in the 500 placing 13th and swimming his best time taking off 10 seconds with a 5:22.52 Lance Riche swam the 100 back placing 24th.

The girls 400 free relay was ranked 15th in state and placed 12th taking off nine seconds ending with a time of 4:16.06 this relay consisted of senior Aysha Black, sophomore Annika Hansen, junior Paula Gibson, and sophomore Brittney Willson.

The boys 400 relay was ranked 12th and placed 11th with their best time of 3:37.99 only two seconds from the record, this relay consisted of Keller, Garff, Riche and Powell.

"All but one swimmer from our state team will be returning next season. I look forward to my swimmers breaking more records and swimming so well. Thanks for a great season," Davis said.

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