The Sandy girls beat Sherwood, while the boys team fails to keep pace
Sandy sophomore swimmer Hannah Gupton tightened her stronghold over the competition in the 100-meter butterfly in Wednesdays dual against Sherwood, and the lady Pioneers rode that performance to a 99-71 win to stay undefeated.
Gupton finished the butterfly with a time of 1:05.5, nearly 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. She was able to touch the wall, hop out of the pool, chatted briefly with her mother and greeted some of her teammates before another swimmer finished the race.
In the 200 individual medley, Gupton came up just short in what was the most heated race of the meet. Sherwoods Emily Stevens led Gupton by about three seconds for the first three legs of the medley. Gupton made up some ground in the final, freestyle leg, but Stevens held her off to win by about one second.
Winning both the butterfly and the 200 medley was of course Guptons goal, but she felt like she did enough help her team get the win.
I was really tired today, but I knew I would have to try to swim through that because we were going up against a strong team, Gupton said. Im happy with the way things turned out, overall.
Other Sandy winners were Amanda Snodgrass in the 500 free (6:10.28), Zayna Salveter in the breaststroke (1:24.41) and Asha Gatchell in the backstroke (1:10.72).
The Sandy boys team did not enjoy the same success as Sherwood topped the Pioneers 117-53.
Although the team struggled, the Sandy boys did have a few bright spots.
Nick Chaney and Kennedy Salveter both won their two individual events. Chaney won his two events by more than five seconds each.
Im not too worried about times right now, Chaney said. I didnt have too much competition in this one, so I was able to swim loose and smooth. I definitely felt good in the water.
Even with as well as Chaney and Salveter performed, the Sherwood team showed much more depth. Not a single Sherwood boy finished lower than fourth in any race and the Bowmen took first and second place in every individual race not involving Chaney or Salveter.
Chaney won the butterfly (58.12) and breaststroke (1:06.34), while Salveter took first in the 200 medley (2:17.65) and backstroke (1:04.66).