The Bingham High boys swimming team placed ninth at the 5A state swimming championships Feb. 12-13 at Brigham Young University while the girls squad finished 10th.
“Both teams did great,” head coach Andee Bouwhuis said. “We got stronger and faster with each meet.”
Senior captain Calvin Smith took seventh in the 100-meter backstroke and 15th in the 200 individual medley, while swimming a leg on the eighth place 200 medley relay team and the 10th place 400 free relay squad. Junior Spencer Kyle finished fifth in the 200 freestyle and eighth in the 500 free while also taking part in both relays. Sophomores Logan England and Drew Boswell also swam legs on the two relay teams.
“Calvin and Spencer had some amazing individual swims along with Logan and Drew rounding out some fast relays,” Bouwhuis said.
Other finishes for Bingham were England (14th – 500 free, 14th – 100 breaststroke), Boswell (15th – 100 butterfly, 22nd – 500 free), Conlee Guy (21st – 100 breast) and Josh Richardson (21st – 100 fly, 22nd – 200 IM).
The girls team had “great swims,” according to Bouwhuis, led by junior Grace Kroll with a second place finish in the 100 back, fourth in the 100 fly, fifth in the 200 medley relay – along with Abigail Westra, Hannah Roberts and McCall Kelley – and ninth in the 400 free relay, which also included Roberts, Westra and Kelley.
Roberts, a sophomore, also placed eighth in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 free.
Other placements for the Miners were Kelley (16th – 200 IM, 16th – 500 free), Westra (17th – 200 IM), Kailen Wightman (18th – 100 breast), Nicole Tonge (18th – 100 back, 19th – 200 IM), Brittnee Westra (tied for 19th – 100 breast, 20th – 200 IM), Mary Dodge (21st – 100 back) and Sarah Smith (22nd – 500 free). The 200 free relay team of Abigail Westra, McKell Fowlks, Tiffany King and Brittnee Westra finished 16th.
Also on the Bingham squad this season are seniors Emilee Robinson, Tiffany King and Kyle Goodrich; juniors Whitney Zander, Trevor Wright, Brittan Warner, Morgan VerHoef, Fabian Valenzuela, Noah Rasmussen, Hannah Myers, Brianna Munoz, Hailey Kennedy, Isabelle Hanson, Zachary Hall, Sarah Davis and Caroline Crane; sophomores Sara Walters, Riley Wade, Ryker Ross, Matt Richins, Joshua Richardson, Kylee Plant, Clara Myers, Preston Lyman, Nicole King, Lauren Kankamp, Cameron Jensen, Lizzie Holmes and Savannah Hodell; and freshmen Lindsey Young, Vivian Tang, Patrick Taggart, Sawyer Stephens, Landon Stalnaker, Millie Reich, Jordan Powell, Mikelle Palmer, Jenna Hodnett, Machayla Griffiths, Kayla Fowlks, Tyson Evans, Levi Culley, Nathan Cox and Gabriela Anderson.
“This is an amazing team of devoted and enthusiastic athletes this season,” Bouwhuis said. “They are some great kids who really rally around their teammates to provide support and encouragement for every swimmer in every race.”