Carson boys finish second in regional swim
Appeal Staff Report
Kevin Dyer and Garrett Clayton brought home individual titles to lead the Carson High School boys swimming team to a second-place finish at the NIAA Northern 4A Regional Championships at the Carson Aquatic Facility.
Carson finished with 283 points, well behind Reno, which finished with 370.
On the girls' side, Reno triumphed with 406 points, easily outdistancing Spanish Springs (249), Galena (230), Reed (186) and Carson (148).
"I am pleased [with the boys team]," Carson coach Monica Weaver said. "Reno is tough. We have really good depth. They were a little stronger than we were.
"I was hoping we could get our 400 (girls) relay team to state, but we fell a little short."
Dyer who won the 500 free in a season-best 4 minutes, 53.34 seconds, had plenty of splits in the 29-second range.
"If you want to go sub-5-minutes in that event you have to be under 29," Weaver said. "I think he's has had better times, but I think it was his best this year."
Clayton won the 100-yard breast in 1:01.38 which was a personal record.
Matt Grunert swam a leg on the second-place 400 free relay team and the 200 free relay. Grunert advanced in the 100-yard free with a 49.01, but missed by one spot of qualifying in the 50 free (22.90).
Jacob Cornwell qualified for state in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.26. He also swam on the second-place 400 free relay.
Paul Chang qualified for state in the 200 free relay and the 100-yard breaststroke. He also finished fifth in the 50 free. Nick Schlager was fifth in the 200 free, clocking a 1:58.65.
The girls didn't qualify anybody in individual events, but the 200-yard medley team of Jamie Showalter, Beth Lewis, Tatum Boehnke and Julie Asire qualified second.
That same group barely missed qualifying in the 400 free relay in 3:48.57.
Asire had some tough luck, finishing fourth in the 50 free (25.87) and fourth in the 100 free (55.96). Boehnke was fourth in the 500 free, clocking a 5:23.63, and placed sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.43.
Carson had two relay squads disqualified during the meet. The quartet of Jill Stroup, Carrie Linn, Julia Lapham and Nicole Updegrove was DQ'd in the 200-yard medley because a swimmer left early.
Dyer, Clayton, Cornwell and Chang were DQ'd in the 200 medley relay because a swimmer left early on a leg, according to Weaver.