On Saturday, January 26th, Region 12 High School Swimming Championships were held in Carbon. В The teams included Emery, Spanish Fork, Carbon, Richfield, Delta, Grand, and Payson High Schools.
There are a total of 11 events each for the girls and boys. В Out of those 11 events, Emery girls won 8 of them.
вЂњWe started the day pretty nervous, but confident that we would do well. В These swimmers have worked hard all season and now we are ready to perform,вЂќ stated Andrea Johansen, a swim coach for Emery High.
Emery started the meet with a win in the Girls 200 Medley Relay (Hailee Rogers, Jessica Guymon, Laryssa Guymon, and Chyanne Carter) with a time of 2:04.45 and a new school record.
As far as the Relays go, the Girls 200 Free Relay (Hailee Rogers, Chyanne Carter, Laryssa Guymon, and Jessica Guymon) placed first with a time of 1:50.04- also a new school record. The Girls 400 Free Relay В (Tanner Petersen, Krista Wright, Melece Pulli, and Madi Allinson) placed third with a time of 4:47.26.
Cheyanne Carter placed sixth in the 200 Freestyle В (2:31.94) and fourth in the 500 Freestyle (7:00.86); Krista Wright placed tenth in the 200 Freestyle (2:46.51), and ninth in the 500 Freestyle В (7:23.51). В Honorable mention goes to Gentry Guymon.
Laryssa Guymon raced a season best with a first place time of 2:28.60 in the 200 IM-a new school record; Honorable mentions go to Madi Allinson (fourth place, 2:44.80), Tanner Petersen (sixth place, 2:57.39), and Melece Pulli (seventh place, 3:01.46).
вЂњThe 50 Freestyle is a fast race that has to be swum with precision. В Every detail counts and there is no room for mistakes if you want to come out on top,вЂќ stated Tammy Oliverson, head coach for Emery High. Jessica Guymon swam a perfect race with first place and a new school record of 26.96. В Honorable mentions go to Savahna Hall and Jasmine Frederick.
One of the most exciting races of the entire meet was the Girls 100 Butterfly. В Turning at the last turn, Laryssa Guymon (Emery) and Lonnie Meineche (Carbon) were head to head. В The race was determined by who hit their stroke just right at the finish. В Laryssa Guymon touched first with only a .19 difference with a new school record of 1:05.93. В Honorable mention goes to Melece Pulli (1:26.29).
вЂњThis race goes to show that the details in practice count. В It is the difference between a win or a loss at a meet, вЂњ stated Oliverson.
The 100 Freestyle was supposed to be a close race; however, Hailee Rogers blew the competition out of the water. В Hailee Rogers swam a best time with a first place win with a time of 59.77. В This was the first time she swam under a minute all season. Honorable mentions go to Valerie Chynoweth and Jasmine Frederick.
The Girls 100 Backstroke was a point builder for Emery. В Every one of EmeryвЂ™s swimmers scored points in this event. В Hailee Rogers placed first (1:08.63)- a new school record; Madi Allinson placed third (1:14.48); Tanner Petersen placed fifth (1:18.85); and Valerie Chynoweth placed eleventh (1:36.08).
With no contest, Jessica Guymon won the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:14.63. В Adding to EmeryвЂ™s points was Savahna Hall with a time of 1:34.35.
Overall, Girls and Boys combined placed second, behind Spanish Fork.
вЂThe whole meet was almost magical,вЂќ said Johansen.
вЂњAll but a few swims were best times for Emery. В It is always fun to win and to perform well, but overall, the Emery Swim Team prides itself on building a вЂFamily TeamвЂ™.вЂќ
вЂњWe take care of each other and make sure we are progressing in and out of the pool. В We as coaches expect excellence from these swimmers in their attitudes, the way they treat each other, and in their efforts. В We believe that if they come to the pool with their вЂbest selvesвЂ™, then everything else will naturally fall into place. В We love these kids and we are so pleased with all of them.вЂќ