Braves swim team finishes second and third
Emery may have stolen the show on Thursday at Brigham Young University in Provo, but the North Summit swim team performed well at the 2A state swim meet, too.
Emery finished the day with wins in both the boys’ and girls’ meets, scoring a combined 534.5 points, while the Braves scored a total of 440 points — 199 from the third-place girls’ squad and 241 from the second-place boys.
Though second and third weren’t what the Braves were hoping for on Thursday, Coach Yance Fawcett said the team still performed well.
"We were hoping for two trophies," he said. "We were hoping we could maybe get first with the boys and second with the girls. On paper, our boys were ranked second, so they finished where they were supposed to. Our girls scored the amount of points they were supposed to, it was just Grand had a great meet and stole [second place] from us."
In the girls’ competition, Emery led the way with 268.5 points. Grand County finished second with 211.5 points, just ahead of North Summit’s 199 points. In the boys’ competition, Emery had 266 points, edging North Summit’s total of 241.
"Our kids stepped up and swam great times," Fawcett said. "Overall, we swam really well. It was just, as a team, we couldn’t get the momentum."
On the boys’ side, the Braves had a few first-place finishes and even set a 2A record in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Sam Crittenden took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events, while teammate Eisley Scholes won the 100-yard breaststroke race. Crittenden and Scholes teamed up with Trystin Hellander and Jace Hirzel to set the state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 1 minute, 37.1 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of second-place South Summit. The Wildcats’ second-place team consisted of Dominic Stagg, Andrew Williams, Ben Hermansen and McKinley Card.
Stagg won the 50-yard free event for the Wildcat boys, who ended the meet in fourth place with 139 points. Card took first place in the 200-yard free race.
For the Braves, who will graduate only seven seniors from this year’s team, winning a title next year will be a top priority. Of the seven graduating seniors, only one is on the boys’ team.
"Our guys took third last year and second this year, so we’re hoping that senior class can win it next year," Fawcett said.
Emery was more senior-laden than North Summit this year, so Fawcett hopes North Summit can overtake the Spartans next year.
"They graduate a few more than we do," he said. "Our underclassmen just need to take it to the next level. Their goal was just to make it to state. Now, it’s got to be about scoring at state."
Fawcett is confident that the team has what it takes to make it to the next level in 2016, though.
"I see it in them, but they need to see it in themselves," he said. "That’s what it takes. They’re dedicated, though — they swim hard."
2A State Swim Meet Results
Emery — 268.5 points
Grand County — 211.5 points
North Summit — 199 points
Emery — 266 points
North Summit — 241 points
Rowland Hall — 140.5 points
South Summit — 139 points.
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