Swimmers prepare for state
In swimming, having one athlete qualify as your top performer in multiple individual events is stellar. Having more than one do so showcases the kind of depth a team has.
Kearns High’s boys swimming team boasts three athletes – Bryce Pearson, Adam Parkinson and Nathan Peercy – who each lead their team in multiple events. Meanwhile, Alisa Gouge has seven of the eight top individual event times for Kearns’ girls through the meets of Jan. 6.
Pearson was leading the Cougars in three events – the 50 freestyle (23.09 seconds, ranked ninth in state), 100 free (50.11, seventh) and 100 backstroke (57.28, eighth). Parkinson had a pair of top times, pacing Kearns in the 200 free (1 minute, 52.16 seconds, 12th) and 500 free (5:05.03, eighth). Peercy led the 200 individual medley (2:07.15, 12th) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.44, second).
Austin Snow had the boys’ other top time, leading the 100 butterfly (1:00.17, 39th).
Each of the boys relay teams was ranked within the top seven teams in 5A. The 200 free relay team of Parkinson, Pearson, Walker Giles and Tristan Spoerri was fourth in 1:33.21, while the 200 medley relay team of Pearson, Peercy, Giles and Spoerri was fifth in 1:44.54. The 400 free relay team of Spoerri, Parkinson, Giles and Pearson was seventh in 3:27.48.
Elsewhere, Pearson was ranked 14th in both the 200 free and 200 IM and Spoerri was 17th in the 50 free. No other Kearns boy was ranked within the top 20 in an individual event.
Gouge was dominating the scene for Kearns’ girls, earning top spots in all but the 100 fly. Gouge’s best individual state ranking was the 200 IM, where she was second (2:16.38). She also led the 100 back (1:02.92, fifth), 500 free (5:34.04, seventh), 200 free (2:03.26, 11th), 100 free (57.01, 14th), 100 breast (1:13.96, 15th) and 50 free (26.23, 16th).
Sierra Erickson led the 100 fly (1:03.84, 11th) for the Cougars.
All three Kearns’ girls relay teams were also ranked within the top seven in state. The 400 free relay team of Gouge, Erickson, Anna Parkinson and Jessica Fullmer was fifth in 3:54. 66, while the 200 medley relay team of Gouge, Erickson, Parkinson and Rachel Butterfield was sixth in 1:58.28. The 200 free relay team of Gouge, Fullmer, Parkinson and Samantha McElreath was seventh in 1:47.50.
Parkinson was 12th in the 200 free, 15th in the 500 free and 16th in the 100 free. Erickson was 16th in the 100 back, Butterfield was 17th in the 100 breast and Gouge was 19th in the 100 fly.
Emilee Pepper held five of the eight fastest individual times to lead Taylorsville’s girls. Pepper was leading the 200 free (2:30.20), 200 IM (3:02.60), 50 free (29.20), 100 free (1:06.78) and 500 free (6:38.40). Miranda Fernandez had two fastest times, leading the Warrior girls in the 100 fly (1:21.77) and 100 back (1:26.38), while Shenille Flack led the 100 breast (1:28.18).
No Taylorsville girl was ranked within the top 20 in an individual event in state.
Meanwhile, John Anderson led the Warrior boys in four events – 100 back (1:00.45, 26th), 100 free (52.37, 28th), 50 free (23,81, 28th) and 200 IM (2:16.45, 45th). Cody Adair had a pair of fastest times, leading the 100 breast (1:09.44, 26th) and 200 free (2:02.53).
Jon Cannaday led the 100 fly (1:04.43) and Leonardo Padron led the 500 free (6:19.01).
Taylorsville’s boys 400 free relay team was ranked 13th while the 200 free relay was 14th and the 200 medley relay 17th. For the girls, the 200 and 400 free relays were each ranked 22nd and the 200 medley relay was ranked 23rd in the state.