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Bingham girls place 10th at 6A swim meet

Mar 05, 2019 03:58PM ● By Josh McFadden

The Bingham High swim team right before region during their pinning ceremony. (Photo courtesy Bingham swim team)

By Josh McFadden | [email protected]

Nineteen different schools invaded the campus of Brigham Young University Feb. 8 and 9, bringing with them their top swimmers for the Class 6A state meet. By the end of the two-day event, the Bingham girls team finished in 10th place, garnering 90 points. 

Competing against some of the most talented, accomplished swimmers in Utah, the Miners didn’t have the depth to keep up with the top teams. Still, that didn’t keep some of the girls from producing some of their best times of the season and earning points for their squad.

The girls’ 200-yard medley relay team of Jessica Gilchrist, Lexi Middleton, Aubrey Reidhead and Sara Wimmer finished the race in 2:01.67, good enough for ninth place among 16 competitors in the final round, earning 18 points. The Miners were also ninth in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:49.40. Jaydee Guy, Kamree Kelley, Cayla Callus and Wimmer combined to earn 18 more points in this event. 

In the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, the Bingham girls were once again ninth. Gilchrist, Middleton, Kelley and Natalie Aguilar teamed up to swim the race in 4:00.62, half a second in back of the ninth-place team.

Individually, Reidhead placed 13th in the 100 butterfly. The sophomore finished the challenging race in 1:07.59, just .07 seconds behind the swimmer ahead of her. Gilchrist also earned some points for the Miners by advancing to the final round of the 100 free. She also placed ninth in the 100 backstroke, going for a time of 1:05.67 and getting nine points for the Miners. 

Meanwhile, Middleton, took part in the longest race of the meet, the 500 free. She placed 11th in the event with a time of 5:42.72, improving by .47 seconds from her swim in the preliminary round. Her teammate Callus also picked up four points for the Miners by advancing to the 500 free finals and finishing 13th. 

In the last individual event of the meet, the 100 breaststroke, Wimmer advanced past the preliminaries and got three points for Bingham by finishing in 14th place.

The Bingham boys didn’t climb as high in the standings, placing 16th among 18 squads. The boys had 35 points, getting 12 of those by finishing 11th in the 200 medley relay. Logan Johnson, Hunter Browning, Nate Rock and Sean Yraguen joined forces to swim the relay in 1:48.68. Fourteen more points came from the 400 free relay where Yraguen, Rock, Browning and Johnson came in 10th with a time of 3:31.43.