The Carbon High Swimming team finished a successful season at the State Championship meet at BYU on Feb 8-9.
It is an accomplishment just to make it to the state meet, said CHS head coach Kamera Davis. "There is so much talent in the state of Utah in swimming," she said.
The Carbon boys Medley relay rose to the challenge, as they have been trying to break the school record missing it by two seconds in past meets. All four boys are seniors this year and knew it was their last chance to set a new record.
"I had told them if all of you have your best swim it is possible to break that record," said Davis.
First in the water was Lance Riche with his best split of the season at 29.87 coming into the state meet, he touched the wall at 28.76 to set a good pace for the team. Thory VanDyke has swam a 31.98 in the breaststroke leg before the meet and he finished he in 31.61. Dakota Powell who has consistently swam a 25.8, touched the wall at 25.31 for the Dinos.
"As their coach I knew what was going to happen as I crunch numbers all the time. I knew what Brent Keller had to get to break the record and I knew he wouldn't let his team down," she said.
Keller swam his best split of the year at 23.81 as the team broke the school record set in 2004 with aprevious time of 1:50.97. The new record now stands at 1:49.49.
The girls could not let the boys have all the glory as they couldn't leave the meet without challenging the record they had previously broke earlier this season. In the 200 free relay they had a previous time of 1:53.73, Paula Gibson was first in the water swimming close to her best she touched the wall at 28.15. Lauren Engar followed that with a time of 28.90. Brittney Willson, who was swimming well before she had influenza and has had a hard time trying to get back, was determined not to let her team down and swam a 28.74, her best of the season. Lonnie Meineche finished a strong relay and lead her team to another record time at 1:52.79.
Along with those inspiring relay swims Meineche podiumed in sixth place for her 500 free with a time of 5:41.23 and she placed seventh in the 100 fly with a time of 1:06.15.
Paula Gibson also competed in two individual events placing 21st in her 50 free 28.24, and 22nd in her 100 free 1:03.13. Gibson was ranked 24th and moved up two spots in the standings. Dakota Powell placed 11th in the 50 free with a time of 23.49 and 17th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.19, which is his best time, according to Davis. Brent Keller placed 14th in both his events, the 100 fly at 1:00.84 and 500 free at 5:28.59. Lance Rich placed 20th in his 100 free with a time of 55.43 and 24th in the 100 back at 1:06.66. Thory VanDyke has missed the 100 breaststroke the last two years by less than one second, finally making state was very exciting he went into the race ranked 19th and just missed the school record he finished 15th with a time of 1:10.32.
The Carbon Relay teams all swam well with the girls finishing 15th in the 200 medley relay, 11th in the 200 free relay, and 13th in the 400 free relay. The Boys finished 11th in the medley relay, 8th in the 200 free relay, and 16th in the 400 free relay.
Davis said 20 swimmers on the team this season will be graduating which will leave plenty of opportunities for younger swimmers to step up.
"This was a great end to the season as we will be saying goodbye to 20 of our swimmers this year which is sad but we have a promising group coming up next year," she said.