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Swim team sweeps dual with Rex Putnam


The Sandy boys pick up their first win 99-70 over the Kingsmen

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Hipolito Hernandez breaks through the water during the butterfly race in last weeks dual win over Rex Putnam.In the final tune-up meet before a highly-anticipated showdown against Sherwood, the Sandy swimming crew proved it is up for the challenge. The Pioneers drowned Rex Putnam on Thursday as the girls’ team won 124-46, while the Sandy boys swam to a 99-70 victory.

“It is exciting to have both teams do well,” Sandy coach Jamie Paul said. “They have been working so hard, so it is nice to see them finally get the results they deserve.”

There was never a doubt that the Pioneer girls would come out on top, but they may have surprised themselves by how one-sided they made the meet. Sandy won the three relays and all eight individual events to sweep the Putnam. The Pioneers finished first and second in five of the 11 totals races.

In the first event of the afternoon, Sandy imposed its will on Putnam. The 200 medley relay team made up of Shelbi Hayzlett, Zayna Salveter, Hannah Gupton and Asha Gatchell bested Putnam in each leg of the race on its way to a 13-second victory (2:01.69). An hour later, the same foursome smoked Putnam in the 200 free relay in a race they led from wall to wall (1:50.22).

Hayzlett, Salveter, Gupton and Gatchell were equally daunting to Putnam in the individual swims. Hayzlett started the trend when she won the 200 free by almost a full pool length over everyone (2:09.46). Putnam’s Elizabeth Rainville pushed Hayzlett in the 100 back, but Hayzlett maintained her narrow lead throughout to win by three seconds (1:06.63).

The Pioneers claimed the top three spots in the 100 free. Salveter took the event (1:02.71) and was followed closely by Jennifer Burns and Cherie Schaffer. All three Sandy swimmers finished more than seven seconds ahead of any Putnam swimmer. Salveter later cruised to a convincing victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.65).

Gupton beat out Burns by three seconds in the 50 free (26.38), then wiped out the field in the 100 fly. She won the fly by 30 yards and 25 seconds (1:03.26).

Gatchell held off Rainville in the 200 individual medley to earn her first personal victory of the day (2:29.56). In her specialty event, the 500 free, Gatchell was never challenged as she finished more than a half-minute ahead of her closest competitor (6:06.41).

The Sandy boys’ team won just two of the eight individual events and one of the three relays, but still managed to surpass Putnam overall. The Pioneers made it happen with solid swimming top-to-bottom in every event. They took two of the top three spots in all 11 swims, and three of the top four places in seven of the eight personal races.

Nick Chaney was Sandy’s individual victor as he worked the competition in the 200 I.M. and the 100 breast. He won the 200 I.M. by a full leg (2:10.89) and took 100 breast with six seconds to spare (1:09).

Dylan Wright secured a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 free. Hipolito Hernandez grabbed second place in the 100 fly, then competed in the 500 free which turned into the most exciting race of the meet. He and Putnam’s Daniel Stewart stayed side-by-side for 400 yards, then Stewart pulled ahead by about five yards. On the final 25-yard length, Hernandez roared back and nearly closed the gap, but settled for second place when Stewart out-touched him at the wall.

“It was a good day for them, and they did really well,” Paul said. “This will definitely be good for their morale.”