Utahn is third person voted off 'Survivor: Philippines'

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 1:53 p.m. MDT

Utahn Angie Layton was the third person voted out of "Survivor: Philippines" on Day 8 of the 39-day contest.

The 20-year-old Provo resident was also the third person voted off by the Matsing Tribe, as the beleaguered group was at Tribal Council for the third time in a row.

"I'm a fighter," said Layton, a model and a student at the Salt Lake Institute of Fashion, during the emotional tribal council.

It came down to her or 45-year-old Russell Swan, who was evacuated from "Survivor: Samoa" for dehydration, as both struggled during the immunity challenge.

The immunity challenge included diving and retrieving puzzle wheels that were tethered underwater at increasing depths. Once the eight pieces were retrieved, they were put on a rod and the castaways had to figure out what word it spelled — "treasure."

Layton was first for her team to retrieve the first puzzle wheel that was about two feet deep and struggled at the task. Swan was able to retrieve one wheel, but had a hard time getting out of the water. He wasn't able to retrieve a second puzzle wheel, leaving 41-year-old Denise Stapley, a therapist, and 25-year-old Malcolm Freberg, a bartender, to retrieve most of them. Freberg and Stapley also have an alliance.

Layton and Freberg might have had a strong alliance because they were cuddling during a chilly, rainy night, but there wasn't any cuddling during Wednesday's episode.

"I was willing to die for this game the last time I played," Swan said during tribal council. "Are you willing to die, little girl?"

"Tonight's vote is a balancing act between strength and loyalty," Freberg said. "Which one do we need to go with?"

The other two tribes, Tandang and Kalabaw, were allowed to have two people sit out of the challenge and the remaining three men and one woman from each tribe competed. The Kalabaw Tribe won the challenge and also won fishing gear and a canoe. The Tandang won a smaller fishing kit.

During Tribal Council, Freberg pointed out that many of the younger players like Layton on the competing teams had a choice about competing in the challenge, but Layton didn't because of their numbers.

"If you want to make sure you're in this game tomorrow, you need to not be last today," host Jeff Probst said during the challenge.

At the Kalabaw Tribe, the tribe members figured out that returning player Jonathan Penner, 50, had found the immunity idol and plotted to blindside him if they went to tribal council.

Penner later told Jeff Kent, a retired major league baseball player from Texas, about having the immunity idol and came to an agreement of sorts.

"I do want (Jeff) to trust me," Penner said.

"I'll try to befriend him a little bit and try to forge a little bit of relationship. I've got to figure out what is going to be best for me," Kent said. "This is a 'me' game. This isn't a 'we' game."

Kent, who like Layton is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had concerns about his knee in the first days on the island. It didn't seem to bother him or affect the immunity challenge, but it appeared he had the knee wrapped.

Layton didn't express any hard feelings after being asked to leave the Tribal Council area.

"I hope that my tribe can go strong from here on out. I'm their biggest cheerleader," Layton said after she was voted off. "I just appreciate my life so much more now."

"Survivor: Philippines" airs on Wednesday evenings on CBS.

Email: rappleye@desnews.com

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