The Carbon High School Swim teams narrowly kept their undefeated seasons alive against the rival Emery High Spartans last week.
On Tuesday Nov. 27, Carbon traveled to Emery for a swim meet which Carbon High head coach Kamera Davis knew would be a tough one for the team. But for Davis and the rest of the Carbon swim team, hard work paid off in the end as the Dinos swam hard and pulled out another victory with the Carbon girls defeating Emery 84-79 and the Carbon boys winning 86-83.
Davis said she knew the first event would be a slow start Choosing instead to swim their stronger relays in the last two free relay events. The Carbon girls and boys both finished second.
It was long before Carbon found their groove in the pool, Davis said. Paula Gibson took first in the 200 free with her teammate Tati Larsen in second and Ali Heath in fourth. In the boys 200 free, Lance Riche swam to an easy victory with a time of 2:12.58 with his next finishing competitor at 2:29.45. In the Dino Girls 200 I.M., Lauren Engar stepped up to the challenge finished second with a best time of 2:52.34. In the boys 200 I.M., Dakota Powell took third.
Carbon's Lonnie Meieche captured first in the 50 free with a great time of 26.98. In the boys 50 free Brent Keller took first with a time of 24.85. Teammate Joel Garff took second with a time of 25.05.
In the 100 fly, Larsen finished in second, Heath took third and Engar finished in fourth. In the 100 fly, for the boys Thory VanDyke finished in second with Zach Prettyman right behind him in third.
For the girls, Paula Gibson finished in second in the 100 free with her best time of 1:03.91, Dakota Powell also took second for the boys with a time of 57.63. In the girls 500 free, Lonnie Meineche swam a great time of 5:45.74 ranking her third in the 3A state for that event.
Carbon took the top two spots in the boys 500 as Brent Keller also swam a great first place time in his 500 with a time of 5:38.53. Joel Garff took second.
In the girls 200 free relay, the team outshined the Spartans taking the top two spots with Gibson, Engar, Willson and Meineche teaming up to take first place. Taking second place was the team consisting of Prettyman, Heimes, Jeppson and Beaundonnet.
The boys 200 free relay team consisting of Riche,
Garff, Keller and Powell finished in first by out swimming their competitors by 13 seconds.
Another weak event for Carbon girls is the 100 back with
carbon finishing fourth, fifth and sixth while Carbon boys excelled with Lance Riche finishing in first, Joseph Keller in second and Austin Baker in third.
The Dinos' highest place finisher in the breaststroke is Ashley Noyes who finished in fourth place.
In the boys 100 breaststroke, Zach Prettyman took second place.
The Carbon High girls barely trailed going into the last event
as Davis told the girls they needed to finish in first place to win the competition. Emery had a faster time going into this meet but Davis said she knew what the Carbon High girls are capable of and knew they could win. After the first leg the teams were tied as both swimmers swam a time of 1:08. In the second leg, Gibson pulled a head with a 1:03 to Emery's 1:05 and in the third leg Willson swam a time of 1:07 finishing just ahead of the Spartan swimmer at 1:06. Just slightly in front it was up to Meineche to bring it home and she came through with a time of 58.65 and a final time of 4:19.04 to Spartans 4:21.34.
The boys 400 relay may not have been as exciting as the girls event but Carbon picked up another great win as the team consisting of Keller, Riche, Garff and Powell swam with a time of 3:47.69 to the Spartans' time of 4:02.19.
"It is always a fun and exciting meet when we compete against Emery, our swimmers swam great and I am so proud of them," Davis said.