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Silas Walker, Deseret News
The Grand County boys swim team cheers and holds up the first place trophy during the 3A high school state swimming championship at BYU in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

PROVO — It's not often that a state swim meet, which runs 22 total events, comes down to the final swim, but that's exactly what happened for both the boys and girls competition in the 3A state championships on Thursday.

On the boys side, Grand County coach Brian Pierce was soaked clear through at the end of Thursday's competition, a good sign if you're a swim coach. Pierce took the plunge into the pool, a sort of tradition for any winning coach, after his boys team nudged out Emery by a mere 8 points.

"It was too close for my comfort, that's for sure," Pierce said. "We knew it would be close, but this close? No way. But our kids just did a great job of staying focused and just getting it. We knew that we'd need to get at least fourth in that final relay, and we got second. So it worked out great."

Think Grand County's victory was slim? Turns out it didn't hold a candle to Carbon's girls team, which needed every bit of its 267 team point total to get by Rowland Hall's 266.

Given the tight competition, it's easy to forgive Carbon coach Allie Chamberlain for getting emotional, while praising her swimmers for what they just accomplished.

" This team is just all about fun and we've had fun all year with everything we've done. We work hard, but we keep it fun and that's what it should be. "
Carbon coach Allie Chamberlain

"We knew how close it was and I was absolutely biting my nails," Chamberlain said. "But I knew they were capable. I knew we had a chance coming in, but to get it in the way we did? I couldn't be more proud of every single person on this team. We did it!"

Chamberlain was quick to credit her father-in-law, Richard Coston, who coached for 40 years and helped coach herself.

As for what pulled the Dinos through and what characterized them best, Chamberlain didn't hesitate to give the answer.

"This team is just all about fun and we've had fun all year with everything we've done," she said. "We work hard, but we keep it fun and that's what it should be. When it doesn't become fun, you don't want to do it anymore and it's not worth it."

Individuals pointed out by Chamberlain as leaders were senior Megan Swasey, freshman Tyrca Jaramillo and a whole lot of depth from everyone. That depth showed in the fact that no single Carbon swimmer took first place in any event, but did its work with enough swimmers consistently finishing near the top.

As for Grand County, it was led by Braxten Pierce, who took both the 200 freestyle and 100 nutterfly individual championhips, to help turn around Grand County's fifth place finish from a year ago.

"We were just more mature this year and guys just worked so hard to get where we're at," Brian Pierce said. "This is our first boys state championship in swimming, so it means a lot and it really means a lot to the boys."

Both Pierce and Chamberlain were voted as 3A coaches of the year while Millard's Drew Roper took swimmer of the year honors for the girls and Emery's Keldan Guymon the same honor for the boys. Roper took first place in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke while Guymon won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

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Boys team scores

1. Grand County, 220; 2. Emery, 212; 3. Millard, 189; 4. Grantsville, 181; 5. Telos Academy, 175; 6. Judge Memorial, 153

Individual results

200 medley relay — 1. Telos Academy (Kyle McCarty, Conner Simon, Luca Quinones, Ryan Gamble), 1:47.33; 2. Millard, 1:50.00; 3. Grantsville, 1:50.97; 4. Union, 1:52.19; 5. North Summit, 1:53.98; 6. Judge Memorial, 1:54.13

200 freestyle — 1. Braxten Pierce, Grand County, 1:47.48; 2. Patrick Bless, American Leadership Academy, 1:52.85; 3. Deegan Minchey, Emery, 1:54.81; 4. Brayden Johnson, Millard, 1:55.24; 5. Jaren Camp, Millard, 2:00.20; 6. Parker Stilson, Emery, 2:01.18

200 individual medley — 1. Keldan Guymon, Emery, 2:03.35; 2. Zane Thomas, Grantsville, 2:10.43; 3. Jack Saber, Judge Memorial, 2:11.61; 4. Levi Maxfield, Richfield, 2:12.17; 5. Seth Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 2:12.65; 6. Pat Pakkarato, Grand County, 2:12.84

50 freestyle — 1. Ryan Gamble, Telos Academy, 22.46; 2. Corbin Arbon, Grand County, 22.79; 3. Koven Card, South Summit, 22.86; 4. Kyle McCarty, Telos Academy, 22.95; 5. Lucas Erickson, Rowland Hall, 23.45; 6. Kinnon Lyman, Carbon, 23.64

100 butterfly — 1. Braxten Pierce, Grand County, 54.30; 2. Koven Card, South Summit, 56.90; 3. Seth Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 57.22; 4. Pat Pakkarato, Grand County, 58.13; 5. Ethan Smurthwaite, Grantsville, 58.69; 6. Carson Skidmore, Morgan, 59.68

100 freestyle — 1. Ryan Gamble, Telos Academy, 49.12; 2. Luca Quinones, Telos Academy, 51.08; 3. Corbin Arbon, Grand County, 51.90; 4. Brennan Anderson, Delta, 52.05; 5. Lucas Erickson, Rowland Hall, 52.06; 6. Kaeden Higgs, Millard, 52.80

500 freestyle — 1. Patrick Bless, American Leadership Academy, 5:08.88; 2. Levi Maxfield, Richfield, 5:11.99; 3. Jack Saber, Judge Memorial, 5:12.89; 4. Buddy Yanelli, Judge Memorial, 5:27.97; 5. Jaren Camp, Millard, 5:37.70; 6. Emanuel Flores, Wasatch Academy, 5:45.54

200 freestyle relay — 1. Emery (Deegan Minchey, Parker Stilson, Asher Beagley, Keldan Guymon), 1:33.54; 2. Grand County, 1:34.60; 3. South Summit, 1:35.05; 4. Telos Academy, 1:36.95; 5. Union, 1:38.26; 6. Rowland Hall, 1:38.97

100 backstroke — 1. Zane Thomas, Grantsville, 57.65; 2. Deegan Minchey, Emery, 58.89; 3. Kyle McCarty, Telos Academy, 59.18; 4. Brayden Johnson, Millard, 59.61; 5. Parker Stilson, Emery, 1:00.55; 6. Brennan Anderson, Delta, 1:00.90

100 breaststroke — 1. Keldan Guymon, Emery, 59.70; 2. Nathan Despain, Millard, 1:03.16; 3. Charles Huang, Wasatch Academy, 1:03.71; 4. Luca Quinones, Telos Academy, 1:05.07; 5. Buddy Yanelli, Judge Memorial, 1:05.20; 6. Seth Overman, Judge Memorial, 1:06.57

400 freestyle relay — 1. Emery (Deegan Minchey, Parker Stilson, Asher Beagley, Keldan Guymon), 3:28.59; 2. Grand County, 3:31.00; 3. Millard, 3:33.70; 4. Grantsville, 3:34.17; 5. South Summit, 3:40.79; 6. Rowland Hall, 3:41.93

Girls team scores

1. Carbon, 267; 2. Rowland Hall, 266; 3. Judge Memorial, 257; 4. Emery, 234; 5. Richfield, 199; 6. Morgan, 113

Individual results

200 medley relay — 1. Judge Memorial (Hailey Warden, Grace Sherman, Abby Runnels, Hailey Grandy), 2:00:40; 2. Emery, 2:00.52; 3. Carbon, 2:03.48; 4. Morgan, 2:08.50; 5. Rowland Hall, 2:10.30; 6. Millard, 2:11.10

200 freestyle — 1. Rachel McMaster, Beaver, 2:02.45; 2. Hailey Grandy, Judge Memorial, 2:09.51; 3. Aubri Kling, Richfield, 2:09.57; 4. Alexis Johansen, Emery, 2:12.85; 5. Alison Puri, Rowland Hall, 2:12.97; 6. Kacee Barrett, Carbon, 2:13.90

200 individual medley — 1. Grace Smith, Rowland Hall, 2:12.65; 2. Kylie Hansen, Maeser Prep, 2:21.51; 3. Haley Guymon, Emery, 2:24.66; 4. Amy Peterson, American Leadership Academy, 2:26.91; 5. Clista Galecki, Wasatch Academy, 2:26.99; 6. Emmy Hardin-Reynolds, Judge Memorial, 2:29.14

50 freestyle — 1. Drew Roper, Millard, 24.63; 2. Ella Vitek, Rowland Hall, 25.94; 3. Megan Swasey, Carbon, 26.14; 4. Kaelee Hooley, Emery, 26.70; 5. Sofia Crompton, Carbon, 26.91; 6. Alexis Kling, Richfield, 27.24

100 butterfly — 1. Hadlee Begay, Grantsville, 59.08; 2. Rachel Wheelwright, Morgan, 1:03.52; 3. Abby Runnels, Judge Memorial, 1:04.74; 4. Grace Sherman, Judge Memorial, 1:06.63; 5. Tessa Richins, North Summit, 1:07.67; 6. Alexis Kling, Richfield, 1:08.63

100 freestyle — 1. Rachel McMaster, Beaver, 55.69; 2. Aubri Kling, Richfield, 56.76; 3. Hailey Grandy, Judge Memorial, 58.17; 4. Kaelee Hooley, Emery, 58.92; 5. Alison Puri, Rowland Hall, 59.38; 6. Kacee Barrett, Carbon, 59.40

500 freestyle — 1. Hadlee Begay, Grantsville, 5:18.11; 2. Kylie Hansen, Maeser Prep, 5:33.60; 3. Amy Peterson, American Leadership Academy, 5:53.26; 4. Emmy Hardin-Reynolds, Judge Memorial, 6:01.21; 5. Alora Lynn, Summit Academy, 6:07.95; 6. Annalee Thompson, Richfield, 6:15.26

200 freestyle relay — 1. Rowland Hall (Ella Vitek, Alison Puri, Isabelle Louis, Grace Smith), 1:45.95; 2. Richfield, 1:46.55; 3. Carbon, 1:47.65; 4. Emery, 1:49.76; 5. Morgan, 1:53.99; 6. Judge Memorial, 1:57.49

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100 backstroke — 1. Drew Roper, Millard, 58.44; 2. Ella Vitek, 1:04.15; 3. Megan Swasey, Carbon, 1:05.47; 4. Rachel Wheelwright, Morgan, 1:06.22; 5. Abby Runnels, Judge Memorial, 1:06.47; 6. Hailey Warden, Judge Memorial, 1:08.91

100 breaststroke — 1. Grace Smith, Rowland Hall, 1:09.51; 2. Haley Guymon, Emery, 1:11.00; 3. Tyrca Jaramillo, Carbon, 1:13.31; 4. Clista Galecki, Wasatch Academy, 1:17.30; 5. Grace Sherman, Judge Memorial, 1:18.30; 6. Nicole Swasey, Carbon, 1:18.45

400 freestyle relay — 1. Rowland Hall (Alison Puri, Ella Vitek, Isabelle Louis, Grace Smith), 3:53.26; 2. Richfield, 3:58.02; 3. Judge Memorial, 3:59.42; 4. Carbon, 4:00.48; 5. Emery, 4:17.15; 6. American Leadership Academy, 4:19.53