Spartan Swimming, Varsity Swimming · Cheney and Tagoa’i, Top 10 at State Championships

The Murray High School Swim Team qualified nine individual swimmers and all of their relay teams for the 5A State Championship Meet at BYU. Coach Huff commends the state team for several high finishes and PRs.

Four swimmers scored points for Murray in their individual events:

Holden Cheney (Sr.) repeated as a state medalist and led the boys team with 13.5 points. He soared into the finals for the 100 fly to clinch 8th place. Competing in a stacked pool of flyers this year, he swam three straight races of sub-55 seconds. Cheney leaves the Spartan team as the only state medalist since 2017, and a best time of 54.37 in his signature event. In the 100 back, he eked out a PR of 57.65 seconds to finish in 21st place. He also blazed the fastest split of the Murray 200 free relay team and the fastest second leg of the consolation final.

Uso Tagoa’i (Sr.) achieved top 10 finishes in both of her individual events to lead the girls team with 17.5 points. In the 100 back, she powered to 9th place with a mere 0.1 seconds separating her from the finals. She ends high school competition with a best time of 59.82 and three consecutive races under the 1-minute barrier. In the 200 IM, Tagoa’i constructed a complete race for 10th place including a top three backstroke leg and 2:16.99 PR. She also led the Murray 400 free relay team with the fastest split and recorded the second fastest anchor leg of the consolation final.

Lincoln Yospe (Sr.) continued his impressive rise in the 100 back and scored 8.5 points for the boys team. After dropping below 58 seconds for the first time at the region meet, he flirted with 55 seconds at state. Charging to 11th place, he set a PR of 56.17 to improve by 0.15 seconds. Yospe also placed 21st in the 200 free with a season-best time, and swam the lead-off leg for the 200 free relay team.

Gavin Holmberg (So.) added to his credentials as Murray’s top underclassman, scoring 5 points in the 100 back. Spartan fans were treated to a consolation final with Holmberg and Yospe divided by a fingernail. Holmberg posted a season-best time of 56.26 seconds to finish in 12th place. He came within 0.09 seconds of his teammate, and just 0.05 seconds shy of a PR. In the 200 IM, he punctuated an 18th place finish by carving more than two seconds from a PR dating to the 2019 state meet. His new IM PR is 2:06.26.

Our additional individual qualifiers had some noteworthy performances:

Devin Jessop (Jr.) closed out strong in the second half of the 100 fly to slash nearly a full second from his region PR. He finished in 17th place with a time of 55.78 seconds, only 0.15 seconds outside of the consolation final. After dropping nearly five seconds in the 500 free at region, he took another 3.47 seconds at state to claim a new PR of 5:10.63 and 21st place.

Tylee Peak (Sr.) would not be denied in her last 500 free. Throughout the season, she had been grinding after a PR dating to the 2019 region meet. On the stage of the state meet, she beat all 10 of her 50-yard splits to smash her former PR by 7.9 seconds. She finished in 22nd place with a time of 5:43.82, an outstanding ascent from her 29th seed.

Sara Gratton (Sr.) continued to propel herself past higher seeded swimmers in the 200 free. Climbing four spots, she finished in 25th place and cut another 0.86 seconds from her rousing PR at region. Her last 200 free PR stands at 2:08.62. Gratton also qualified in the 100 back and achieved a matching finish of 25th place.

Kalie Lam (So.) was the youngest individual qualifier from the Murray girls team. She finished at 25th place in the 100 fly and swam the lead-off leg for the 400 free relay.

Brooke Horton (Jr.) was a two-event state qualifier, taking 29th in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Her breaststroke time of 1:15.81 improves a PR set at the region meet.

The boys 200 free team and girls 400 free team posted the best relay finishes for Murray:

Boys 200 free – Lincoln Yospe, Holden Cheney, Ethan Leonard, Tyler Jacobsen (12th place, 10 points)
Girls 400 free – Kalie Lam, Tylee Peak, Sara Gratton, Uso Tagoa’i (14th place, 6 points, 3:54.67 season best, -5.29 seconds)
Girls 200 medley – Sara Gratton, Izzy Wright, Sierra Peterson, Stephanie Poprzenovic (17th place)
Boys 200 medley – Gavin Holmberg, Will Taylor, Devin Jessop, Tyler Jacobsen (19th place)

For additional results, click here. Congrats to all of our state swimmers! You made us proud!

At the end-of-season banquet, Coach Huff awarded the following distinctions:
Swimmer of the Year – Holden Cheney (Sr.), Uso Tagoa’i (Sr.), Lincoln Yospe (Sr.)
Most Dedicated – Devin Jessop (Jr.), Sierra Peterson (Jr.)
Most Improved – Sara Gratton (Sr.), Micah Black (So.)
Rookie of the Year – Brandon George (So.), Lauren Bernstein (Fr.)
Coach’s Shout-Out – Riley Thompson (Sr.), Rachel Wilcox (Sr.), Joey Horne (Jr.), Tyler Jacobsen (Jr.), Will Taylor (So.), Maryn Stone (Fr.)

A varsity letter was earned by the following swimmers:
Seniors – Holden Cheney, Sara Gratton, Karsen Kercher, Ethan Leonard, Tyler Oviatt, Tylee Peak, Uso Tagoa’i, Riley Thompson, Ally Uvario, Rachel Wilcox, Izzy Wright, Lincoln Yospe
Juniors – Brooke Horton, Tyler Jacobsen, Devin Jessop, Sierra Peterson, Sarah Walton
Sophomores – Gavin Holmberg, Kalie Lam, Will Taylor
Freshman – Stephanie Poprzenovic

The following student-athletes were recognized by UHSAA:
Academic All-State Team – Holden Cheney, Rachel Wilcox, Lincoln Yospe
Academic All-Region Team – Holden Cheney, Sara Gratton, Rachel Wilcox, Lincoln Yospe

Way to go Spartan Swim! What an awesome season!