Bountiful girls 12th, boys 20th

By Catherine Garrett Clipper sportswriter BOUNTIFUL–Behind freshman Elliot Howe’s second place finish in the 100 backstroke, breaking the school record, and her fourth place showing in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time, the Bountiful High girls swimming team took 12th at the 5A state swimming championships at South Davis Recreation Center Feb. 8-9. The boys squad came in 20th. “Moving to 5A was hard for our team, but our team size increased and everyone on our team got better,” Bountiful head coach Lou Peterson said. “I’m extremely proud of the kids for stepping up and getting after it.” Other top 10 finishes for Bountiful were Bergen Braun (seventh, 100 fly; eighth, 100 breaststroke), the girls 200 medley relay team of Howe, Alissia Nydegger, Braun and Kayla Ralph (seventh with a new school record) and the girls 200 free relay team of Elle Schurtz, Ralph, Braun and Howe (10th with a new school record). Braun had a season-best time in her fly race, Ralph swam her top time in her 50 free leg during the 200 free relay and Schurtz, a freshman, had a season-best time in her 100-yard freestyle leadoff leg. Nate Stromsdorfer was the top swimmer for the Braves’ boys team, with a personal-best swim for a 14th-place finish in the 100 free as well as a 17th-place showing in the 50 free. The girls 400 free relay team of Schurtz, Abigail Canann, Sophia Stoddard and Nydegger placed 15th. Prior to state, the Braves competed at the Region 5 event where the boys 400 free relay team of Jake Wheeler, Stromsdorfer, Ryan Wood and Thomas Valdez won the title. “It was an incredibly competitive region and more than 75 percent of the team had time drops in region and state,” Peterson said. “It was cool to see our team step up and really get after it.”

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