On Saturday, February 9, our Springville High mighty Red Devil boys swim team secured the 2nd place state title narrowing losing the top spot to Mountain Crest by only 4 points. The Lady Red Devil swimmers got a little taste of redemption when they placed 7th overall ahead of Orem, who finished in 8th place. Orem previously took the region title by twenty points; however, in state swim the Lady Red Devils outscored the Tigers by 18 points, 156-138.5. Although Springville narrowly missed coming home with the state title, 5 of 6 lady swimmers and 7 of 13 boy swimmers broke school records.
School records are as follows: Nichole Mertz, 100 Free (54:47), she broke another of her own records set two-weeks earlier in region competition; Lauren Pilcher, Halle Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 200 Free Relay (1:43.80); Lauren Pilcher, Payton Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 400 Free Relay (3:47.30); Connor Anderson, 500 Free (4:37.11); John Morris, 100 Breast (1:00.54); Travis Pope, Nathan Marett, Matthew Vaughan, and Connor Anderson, 200 Free Relay (1:28.97); Travis Pope, Christopher McClain, John Morris, and Connor Anderson, 400 Free Relay (3:15.15).
Springville’s swimmers have been preparing a long time for state. Most prepared by getting plenty of rest and practicing hard, also by eating a lot of carbs and no sugar. The night before the big competition Nicole Mertz ate a baked potato and Travis Pope had pizza.
Most swimmers felt prepared, but still nervous. Springville’s swimmers thought they might break school records, however, John Morris thought differently although he broke the 100 breast record.
“I thought Matthew would win,” said Morris.
Parents were very supportive.
Sophomore Payton Acor said, “They always believe I can do better than my best which motivates me!”
Senior Lauren Pilcher said, “My dad always gets me pumped before I swim. My parents are always encouraging.”
Travis Pope’s mom did some cheering of her own, Pope sad, “After a close loss we all needed a little cheering up, especially since it would be the last time I swam as a Red Devil. Thank you Mom and Dad, and good job Red Devil swimmers!”