Spartan Swimming, Varsity Swimming · Tagoa’i and Cheney Medal at Region, Spartans Set Over 50 PRs

Coach Huff congratulates all Murray swimmers for an extremely successful region meet. Finishing seventh amid a pool of state contenders, we are proud of how this team worked during the season and represented at region. Personal or season bests were achieved by nearly every swimmer on the boys team and over 70% of the girls team. In total numbers, Spartan Swim set 53 personal records and 12 season records.

Region medalists for Spartan Swim are Uso Tagoa’i (Sr.) and Holden Cheney (Sr.):

Tagoa’i led the girls team with 45.5 points, accomplishing the feat of a third-place medal in both of her individual events. In the 100 back, she slashed two full seconds from her personal best to break the 1-minute barrier. Her new backstroke time of 59.82 ranks 9th in 5A. Pushing hard in the butterfly leg of the 200 IM, Tagoa’i kept herself in striking distance of the leaders. Making her move during the breaststroke, she passed higher seeded swimmers to claim a PR of 2:17.32. An impressive 2.73-second improvement.

Cheney led the boys team with 32.5 points, capturing the fifth-place medal in a loaded butterfly final. Building to this moment all season, he swam a fierce race to shatter a PR dating to the 2019 state meet. Dropping 0.64 seconds, his new butterfly time of 54.37 ranks 11th in 5A. In the 100 back, Cheney churned to 12th place while cutting 0.77 seconds from another 1-year old PR.

Among top 10 finishers and point leaders are Lincoln Yospe (Sr.), Gavin Holmberg (So.), Sara Gratton (Sr.), Tyler Jacobsen (Jr.), and Devin Jessop (Jr.):

Yospe scored 30.5 points placing 7th in the 100 back and 12th in the 200 free. Seeded 9th in the back, he overachieved by chopping a remarkable 1.72 seconds from his PR. He heads to state with a time of 56.32. As the lead-off leg in the 400 free relay, Yospe surprised with an individual PR at the 100 free distance. Another big-time cut of 1.8 seconds.

Holmberg scored 22.5 points placing 11th in the 100 back and 12th in the 200 IM. The sophomore talent produced a pair of season-best times.

Gratton scored 21 points placing 8th in the 100 back and 13th in the 200 free. She owns the breakout story of the meet, crushing her PR in the 100 back by an astonishing 4.35 seconds. Summoning a head of steam over the second 50 yards, she left the entire heat trailing in her wake. With this performance, Gratton has catapulted more than 30 swimmers in the 5A rankings and punched her ticket to state. In other news, she destroyed her PR in the 200 free by 8.08 seconds.

Jacobsen scored 20 points placing 10th in the 50 free and swimming an admirable anchor leg for the 200 free relay team. Touching the wall in 23.81, he shed 0.38 seconds from his former PR dating to the first meet of the season. A major drop for a 50-yard sprint. Jacobsen also excelled in the 100 back, slashing another 3.58 seconds from a PR set only last month.

Jessop scored 19.5 points placing 10th in the 100 fly and 500 free. Improving by 0.09 and 5.25 seconds respectively, he toppled two longstanding PRs including a 500 free time dating to the 2019 state meet.

Congratulations to our additional swimmers earning region points or personal/season records:

Kalie Lam (So.) – 17.5 pts
Brooke Horton (Jr.) – 17 pts, 200 IM PR, 100 breast PR
Tylee Peak (Sr.) – 16.5 pts, 500 free SR
Ethan Leonard (Sr.) – 15.5 pts, 50 free PR
Stephanie Poprzenovic (Fr.) – 14.5 pts
Ally Uvario (Sr.) – 13 pts
Michael Correa (Sr.) – 5.5 pts, 100 breast PR
Izzy Wright (Sr.) – 4 pts, 100 breast PR
Sierra Peterson (Jr.) – 1 pt, 100 fly PR, 100 back PR
Sarah Walton (Jr.) – 1 pt, 200 free PR, 500 free PR

Tyler Oviatt (Sr.) – 50 free SR, 100 fly SR
Rachel Wilcox (Sr.) – 100 back PR, 100 fly SR
Joey Horne (Jr.) – 100 free PR
Malialani Hull (Jr.) – 100 free PR
Robert Jorgensen (Jr.) – 50 free PR, 100 breast PR
Micah Black (So.) – 100 fly PR, 100 back PR
Emma Brimley (So.) – 50 free PR, 100 back PR
Case Elliott (So.) – 200 free PR, 500 free PR
Skylar Galt (So.) – 100 free PR
Brandon George (So.) – 50 free PR, 100 free PR
Liam Morris (So.) – 100 breast PR
Ellie Oviatt (So.) – 50 free PR, 100 free PR
Caden Selph (So.) – 50 free PR, 100 free PR
Rylee Snow (So.) – 500 free PR
William Steinbach (So.) – 50 free PR
Will Taylor (So.) – 200 IM PR, 100 breast PR
Lauren Bernstein (Fr.) – 100 breast PR
John Horne (Fr.) – 50 free PR, 100 free PR
Maryn Stone (Fr.) – 100 fly PR, 100 back PR
Sarah Taylor (Fr.) – 100 free PR, 100 breast PR
Matthew Uvario (Fr.) – 200 free PR, 500 free PR

Five of six relay teams charged to season-best times, and the 200 free relay team for boys and girls achieved a fourth-place finish:

Girls 200 free – Kalie Lam, Tylee Peak, Stephanie Poprzenovic, Uso Tagoa’i (1:48.54, -1.1)
Boys 200 free – Lincoln Yospe, Holden Cheney, Ethan Leonard, Tyler Jacobsen (1:33.91, -2.48)
Girls 400 free – Ally Uvario, Kalie Lam, Tylee Peak, Uso Tagoa’i (3:59.96, -2.31)
Boys 400 free – Lincoln Yospe, Holden Cheney, Ethan Leonard, Gavin Holmberg (3:28.61, -6.69)
Boys 200 medley – Gavin Holmberg, Michael Correa, Devin Jessop, Tyler Jacobsen (1:47.45, -0.84)

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