Barracuda Youth Swim Teams Crush Vernal Vipers


photos courtesy Kendra Seeley Lily Seeley prepares for her race

The Castle Valley Barracudas hosted a meet on Jan. 11 against the Vernal Vipers. The Barracudas had 38 swimmers compete against Vernal’s 29 participants. The Barracuda girls beat the Vipers 1201-579 and the boys also crushed Vernal 1045-698.

“The Barracudas only practice two days a week for an hour during the winter so I wasn’t expecting great times but we ended up with 59 best times, I was impressed,” remarked coach Kamra Davis. “One of the best highlights of the day was Thalyann Lymen broke the Barracudas team record in the 25 freestyle with a time of 17.57 that was held previously by Kacee Barrett at 17.73. We had so many great times I can’t mention them all.”

The eight and under (8u) division started the meet off with the relay teams finishing first and second. The relay teams for the 9-10 age group finished in first, second and fourth place. Finally, the 11-12 age relay team finished in fourth place and the 13-14 year-old team finished second.

Some of the top eight and under finishers for the Barracudas included Jenna Richards who took first in the 25 breaststroke and second in the 25 free. Hadley Bower grabbed first in the 25 fly and the 50 free. Morgan Luke placed second in the 25 back in her first ever meet .

In the boys eight and under division, Gabriel Ibanez take first in the 25 free, 25 breaststroke, 25 back, 25 fly and 50 free. Collin Fausett finished second in the 25 free, and 25 fly. Brock Johnson grabbed second in the 25 breaststroke and 50 free.

Barracudas have a strong group of 9-10 year old swimmers. The girls finished the 25 free with Lymen in first, Nicole Swasey in second and Bryndee Maxfield in third.

Swasey garnered first in the 25 breaststroke by more than four seconds. Maxfield placed first in the back stroke, Lymen in second and Jezmin Pressett in third. In the 25 fly, Maxfield finished second and Katelyn Bower captured third place.

The boys 9-10 group also had a strong showing with Boyd Bradford winning first in all of his events including the 25 free, 100 IM, 25 breaststroke, 25 back, 25 fly and 50 free. Dallan Dart took second in the 50 free and third on the 25 breaststroke.

“The 11-12 age group is one of our weak age groups. It is a huge jump in swimming going from the 9-10 to 11-12 group. All my swimmers just turned 11, so this was a big eye opener for them,” Davis added.

Barett finished her meet with first in the back, second in 100 IM and 50 breaststroke. Jenna Richards took fifth in the 50 breast and fourth in the 50 free. Cora Luke placed second in the 50 back and fourth in the 50 breaststroke. Chad Laursen placed thirrd in the 50 free and second in the 50 back. Kinnon Lymen grabbed first in the 50 back and third in the 50 breaststroke.

There are only three Carbon swimmers in the 13 and over age group. Kaisha Lott finished first in the 100 breaststroke and 100 IM. She also took second in the 50 free. Abby Layton placed first in the 100 backstroke and 100 free. She finished third in the 50 free,100 IM and 100 breaststroke. Tyson Swasey swam the 50 and 100 free, 100 IM and 100 breaststroke and won in each event.

“We welcome anyone interested in swimming as long as they can swim an entire length of the pool without stopping. They have to have proper breathing technique,” Davis explained. “We have became such a large team that we now have two available classes.”

One class will be on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30. Coach Davis will instruct the classes along with Kenzie Kulow and Lauren Engar.

The other class will be on Tuesday and Thursday and coach Kaeden Kulow will be the instructor. This class is limited to the first 20 swimmers that sign up.

Photos courtesy of Kendra Seeley.

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