Davis finishes in top 10 at 6A meet

By Catherine Garrett Clipper sportswriter BOUNTIFUL–The Davis High boys swimming team placed sixth at the 6A state swimming championships at South Davis Recreation Center Feb. 8-9, with the girls squad finishing in ninth place, just one point out of eighth. “The kids really poured it on in their races, especially our relays that all dropped times,” said head coach Kit Barker. Senior Jessica Barker had an outstanding meet with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle, dropping nearly two seconds from her personal record time, touching the wall in 2:03.11. She also dropped four and a half seconds in her 500 free race and came in eighth place. “This is pretty good considering two months ago she injured her shoulder and had to take three weeks off out of the pool,” Kit Barker said. “She is one of the hardest workers I know and poured herself into physical therapy. When she could get back in the pool she made every minute count, swimming on her own on Saturdays and for an hour after our practice ended on weekdays.” Junior Tom Mi reached the podium twice with a fourth place showing in the 100 free and sixth in the 200 free while Zac Michaelson had a fifth place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Other top finishers for Davis were Elsa Mumford (ninth, 200 IM with a PR of 2:21.75; ninth, 100 breast), Max Deller (ninth, 50 free with a PR of 22.66; 10th, 100 free with a PR of 51.63), Kyle Lortz (10th, 200 IM with a PR of 2:07.10; 10th, 100 breast with a PR of 1:03.42), Whitney Carlson (10th, 100 free; 14th, 200 free), Olivia Smith (11th, 100 breast; 16th, 200 IM) and Wil O’Brien (14th, 200 IM with a PR of 2:09.12; 14th, 100 backstroke with a PR of 1:00.12). The boys 200 free relay team of Mi, Ben Landheim, Michaelson and Deller placed fifth, with the girls 400 free relay squad of Barker, Kira Halls, Shallen Foote and Carlson placing sixth, the girls 200 medley relay team of Halls, Smith, Mumford and Foote placing eighth, the boys 200 medley relay team of O’Brien, Michaelson, Carter Barrus and Landheim placing eighth, the girls 200 free relay team of Carlson, Mumford, Smith and Barker placing 10th and the boys 400 free relay team of Deller, Jonah Carlson, Landheim and Mi placing 10th. Zac Michaelson and Carter Barrus were also named Academic All-State. “Our team is not just about swimming,” Coach Barker said. “We also emphasize the importance of academics and had nine swimmers nominated for the academic all-state award with two actually winning it.” Coach Barker said she is looking forward to next season and having many returning swimmers on the squad.


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