Miners kick past Bruins in cross-county swim meet
Bear River hosted cross county foe Nevada Union for its season-opening swim meet Tuesday, and it has been rumored the two teams might sharing the pool on Combie Road on a more permanent basis.
The Nevada Joint Union School District has considered closing the Nevada Union pool due to budget shortfalls. But according to NU swim coach John Sultan, his program and the water polo team will have a chance to fund the pool themselves.
“The district has agreed to keep the pool (at NU) open,” Sultan said. “Water polo and swimming will need to come up with six to ten thousand dollars. The pool will not close.”
In Tuesday’s meeting between the two teams at Bear River, which was considered to serve as both teams’ home pools if the Nevada Union pool was to be closed, the Miners swept the Bruins, 90-51 in girls competition, while the boys meet ended in NU’s favor, 89-80.
“We won every event on the boys side except the 100 free and the 200 free relay,” first season Bear River head coach Ethan Green said. “They had more depth than us. They went second and third in every event.”
The varsity meet opened with the Lady Miners scoring first in the 200-yard medley relay and then the Bruin boys tied it up touching the wall first in the same relay, on a very cold afternoon.
“I knew the boys would be close,” Sultan said. “We scored our points in second through fifth place.”
The Miners were led by Sierra Kleiber, who left all swimmers in her wake while swimming the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.03.
“I’m after a 52.7 or better,” Kleiber said. “The 100 free is my race. I need to work on my turns.”
The Lady Miners standout leans on her team for support and feels they are there to congratulate each other.
“The regular season is a good workout and a stepping stone to sections,” Kleiber said. “The last stepping stone (in her path) is to get colleges to look at me.”
Hailey Chase won the 100 breaststroke and took second in the 100 butterfly, while senior captain Dana Neel came in second in the 50 and 100 free. Sultan said they both had outstanding days.
The Bruins were led by sophomore Garret Johnson who won the 200 freestyle and 100 fly.
“He swam a 1:46.33 (200 yard free),” Green said. “Garret’s 200 free time would be top eight at Sections each of the last three years. He is exciting to watch, it was a personal best for him and it was only the first meet of the season.”
Johnson feels that his best stroke is the butterfly.
In 2008, Johnson said that his “swimming light went on.”
“I swam on the western zone team,” Johnson said. “It was a lot of work, I wanted to continue swimming and it made me push myself a lot harder.”
This drive comes from a young man who has set personal goals of wanting Al-American times in the 100 fly and 200 free.
“I swim 16 hours in a normal week,” Johnson said. “The rest of the time I’m in school.”
In addition to swimming, he also plays water polo for the Bruins while carrying a 3.5 GPA and aspires to swim at Stanford upon graduation.
“I would expect him to be in the top eight in two events at the sections.” Green said.
Green is also expecting junior Charla Wenger (50 free and 100 fly(, freshman Josh Cutter (500 free and 100 breaststroke), senior Travis Huddelston (50 free and 100 free), sophomore Zoe Schlussel (100 back 200 free and two relays), and sophomore Haley Jungers (50 free, 100 free) to be leaders for the Bruins this season.
“Charla (Langer) is off to a faster-than-expected start to the season,” Green said of his junior swimmer, who won the 100 fly and 50 free.
Bear River hosts Whitney on Thursday, while Nevada Union travels to Rocklin for a Friday and Saturday tournament.
“There are 29 teams competing,” Sultan said. “It is a good test for us. We are swimming against some of the best teams in the area.”
Girls 200-yard Medley Relay Varsity – Nevada Union High School
Boys 200-yard Medley Relay Varsity – Bear River High School
1) Scopelli, Tony P 2) Cutter, Josh C 3) Johnson, Garret D 4) Hudelson, Travis
Girls 200-yard Freestyle Varsity – Nevada Union High School- Kleiber, Sierra
Boys 200 -yard Freestyle Varsity – Bear River High School- Johnson, Garrat
Girls 200-yard IM Varsity – Nevada Union High School – Kleiber, Kayla
Boys 200-yard IM Varsity – Bear River High School- Scopelli, Tony
Girls 50-yard Freestyle Varsity – Bear River High School- Wenger, Charla
Boys 50-yard Freestyle Varsity – Bear River High School – Hudelson, Travis
Girls 100-yard Butterfly Varsity – Bear River High School- Wenger, Charla
Boys 100 -yard Butterfly Varsity- Bear River High School- Johnson, Garrat
Girls 100-yard Freestyle Varsity – Nevada Union High School – Kleiber, Sierra
Boys 100 -yard Freestyle Varsity – Nevada Union High School – Trey Herbert
Girls 500-yard Freestyle Varsity- Nevada Union High School- Hoffman, Siana
Boys 500-yard Freestyle Varsity – Bear River High School- Cutter, Josh
Girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay Varsity – Nevada Union High School
Boys 200 -yard Freestyle Relay Varsity – Nevada Union High School
Girls 100-yard Backstroke Varsity – Nevada Union High School – Kleiber, Kayla
Boys 100-yard Backstroke Varsity – Bear River High School – Scopelli, Tony
Girls 100-yard Breaststroke Varsity Nevada Union – Chase, Haley
Boys 100-yard Breaststroke Varsity – Bear River High School- Cutter, Josh
Girls 400-yard Freestyle Relay Varsity – Nevada Union High School
Boys 400-yard Freestyle Relay Varsity – Bear River High School
1) Johnson, Garrat D 2) Scopelli, Tony P 3) Armstrong, Jake 4) Cutter, Josh C
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