The Carbon High Swim Team hosted their first meet of the season on Friday Nov. 16 against the visiting Richfield Wildcats.
Richfield out numbering the Dinos in the number of swimmers didn't cause any problems for the Dinos as the girls team tied the Wildcats at 81 and the boys outscored the Wildcats 87 to 82.
The first event of the night was the 200 medley relay which is not a top event for the Dino girls, according to head coach Kamera Davis. Lonnie Meineche was first for the Dinos finishing her leg of Backstroke in first, next Heidi Prettyman swimming Breaststroke barely out touching the Wildcats. Ali Heath, a freshman, was in the water next with her Butterfly swimming against the Wildcats strongest swimmer and senior captain as they stretched out for the end of their leg, the Wildcats out touched the Dinos by less than a half a second. In the last leg of the race Paula Gibson swam one of her best freestyle legs with a time of 27.63 to win the race with a final time of 2:11.96 to Richfield's 2:13.18.
For the boys 200 medley relay, Lance Riche was up first as he just beat out his competitor 30.31 to 30.45. Thory VanDyke went second in the breaststroke and finished just behind the Wildcats 33.23 to 32.10. Next Brent Keller swam his Butterfly 27.04 to the Wildcats 28.97 getting the lead for the Dinos. Joel Garff finished the last leg of the race by swimming his best time of 25.21, helping the Dinos capture first with a final time of 1:55.81 to the Wildcats 1:57.17.
The first individual events started off with the Girls 200 free. Meineche, a sophomore, for Carbon finished first with a time of 2:10.15 with her closest competitor finishing 11 seconds behind her. A new swimmer this year for the Dinos, Susannah Ohlwiler, impressed her coach with a time of 2:53.76. In the boys 200 free Garff easily took first finishing 10 seconds in front of the next competitor. In the girls 200 I.M. Lauren Engar, a sophomore, swam her best time taking off 11 seconds to capture first with a time of 2:54.25. In the boys 200 I.M. Brent Keller finished 11 sec. before the next competitor with a time of 2:25.01. In the fastest event of the night in the girls 50 free, Carbon took four of the top six places. Paula Gibson took first with a time of 28.24, Brittney Willson took fourth with 30.26, Ashley Noyes took fifth 34.77 and Angie Beaudonnet in sixth at 35.40. In the boys 50 free, Dakota Powell took first with a time of 23.48. Harrison Torgerson, a freshman, who swam a little in the summer for the club team improved his time 23 seconds in this event. In the 100 butterfly, Meineche took first with a time of 1:09.21. Tati Larsen took third at 1:21.06 and Ali Heath finished at 1:28.61. In the boys 100 fly, Keller took first with a time of 1:07.11. In the girls 100 free, Willson took first with a time of 1:07.15. In the boys 100 free the Carbon boys took three out of the top four spots as Lance Riche finished in first with a time of 56.35, Garff in 3rd at 57.38 and Austin Baker in 4th at 1:04.76. In the 500 free, the girls took second with Paula Gibson and in fourth with Ashley Noyes. For the boys, Powell finished in fourth place.
In the 200 free relay Lauren Engar finished just behind the Wildcat team. Paula Gibson helped the Dinos take the lead on her leg, Brittney Willson increased the lead and Meineche helped push the Dinos past the Wildcats girls finishing seven seconds in front of the Wildcats. In the boys 200 free relay, freshman Joseph Keller touched in second place three seconds behind their senior swimmer. Baker kept the team in the race not losing any ground, Zach Prettyman swam a great time of 26.77 and almost caught the Wildcats. Dakota Powell finished off a fast time to give the team a first place finish in a close race at Dinos 1:48.81 to the Wildcats' 1:48.98.
In another race, Erica Mantz swam a great time finishing fourth with a time of 1:25.68. In the boys 100 back, a strong event for the Dinos, the team took three of the top four places. Riche took first place with a time of 1:07.66, Joseph Keller in third at 1:17.07 and Baker in 4th at 1:19.52. In the girls Breaststroke, Heidi Prettyman finished in third at 1:29.50. In the boy's Breaststroke only a second separated first place and third place as Thory VanDyke took second with a time of 1:14.75 and Zach Prettyman took third place with a time of 1:15.22. The Dino girl's went into the last event down by two points and they had to win if there was any chance of ending in a tie. Engar finished her leg one second in front of the Wildcats and Erica Mantz finished her leg tied with the Wildcats. Tati Larsen finished her leg behind the Wildcats and Willson had to make up a lot of ground in the final leg as she passed the Wildcat swimmer and finished in first by more than five seconds. The girl's tied with Richfield, marking the first time Carbon has not lost to the Richfield girl's in more than five years. In the boy's 400 free relay, the Dinos finished in first by 16 seconds.
"I am so proud of the way my team swam we have so many new swimmers," said Davis. "This year we have taught 10 swimmers how to swim in just a few weeks and they all competed in the meet. Carbon is one of the smallest teams in our region but we are good."