I.F. boys, girls place second at state swimming

Members of the Idaho Falls High School boys and girls swim teams pose with their 4A second-place trophies Saturday at the Idaho state swimming championships in Boise.

Idaho Falls High School placed second in 4A boys and girls at the Idaho state swimming championships on Saturday at the Boise City Aquatics Center.

The Tigers concluded the meet with 226 points—two points behind champion Bishop Kelly—in the girls team standings and with 184 points in the 4A boys team standings. Bishop Kelly swept the 4A team titles while Boise swept the 5A team titles.

I.F. senior Andrea Perttula finished second in a combined 5A/4A girls 100 breaststroke in one minute, 6.26 seconds and second overall and second in 4A in the 50 freestyle in a personal best time of 24.18. Her 100 breaststroke time was the fastest in 4A. She and Kailee Puetz, Tayla Liddle and Shaylee Liddle won the 4A girls 200 medley relay in 1:52.58 and placed second in the 200 free relay in 1:41.96. I.F.’s 400 relay team consisting of Alyvia Casperson, Avery Koonce, Whitney Yorgason and Emily Bidstrup placed fifth in 4:14.83. Puetz also placed fifth overall in a combined 5A/4A girls 200 final, but had the second-fastest time in 4A (2:12.93). She was fourth in the 4A girls 100 free in 54.92.

The Idaho Falls girls also received the 4A academic champions award.

For the I.F. boys, the 4A 200 medley relay team of Tyler Davis, Evan Bird, Dallin Smith and Are Steen placed third in 1:49.63. Davis, Travis Grimes, Kelson Casperson and Luke Smith placed third in the 4A 400 yard free relay in 3:33.99. The boys 200 and 500 free finals combined 5A and 4A swimmers, but results were divided up by classification. Steen was sixth overall in the 200 free final, but recorded the fastest 4A time (1:49.64) and was eighth overall in the 500 free, but had the third fastest 4A time (5:01.80). Smith was 12th overall in a combined 5A/4A boys 500 free, but had the fouth fastest 4A time (5:10.29). Tayla Liddle had two top-10 individual finishes, placing ninth in the 200 free in 1:59.90 and 10th in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.51.

Skyline finished fourth in the 4A girls team standings with 131 points and sixth in the boys team standings with 88. The 200 medley relay team of Sophie George, Josie Havlovick, Zoe Rebol and Sydney Daniel placed second in 1:58.97 while George, Rebol, Naomi Larson and Sydney Daniel placed fourth in the 4A girls 200 free relay in 1:49.19. Rebol placed fourth overall in a combined 5A/4A girls 500 free final, but had the fastest 4A time (5:30.88). George placed seventh overall in a combined 5A/4A 200 free in 2:01.98.

Skyline’s 4A 200 free relay team of Luke Banks, Jeremy Malmo, Jonathan Malmo and David Hill placed fourth in 1:41.72 while Banks, Hill, Blaine Barrie and Ian St. Michael placed sixth in the 4A boys 200 medley relay in 1:53.45. Barrie placed 10th overall in a combined 5A/4A boys 100 free, but had the fourth fastest 4A time (51.59) and was eighth overall in the 100 backstroke (57.08).

The Hillcrest boys, who placed seventh in the 5A team standings with 107 points, were led by two top-eight relay finishes. The boys 200 medley relay team of Nick Brown, Jethro Bell, Sam Pendlebury and Shai Cunningham placed fourth in 1:46.63 while Pendlebury, Brown, Gebe Husten and Cunningham placed sixth in the 200 free relay in 1:35.28. Cunningham placed sixth in the 100 fly in 55.10 and ninth in the 200 IM (2:04.95) while Pendlebury placed fifth in the 100 fly in 54.95 and 11th in the 100 back in 59.36

Madison’s Spencer Eyring, Caleb Muhlestein, Jacob Higgins and Dillan Hibbard placed eighth overall and sixth in 5A in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.90. Hibbard placed eighth overall in a combined 5A/4A boys 100 free final in 51.31 and third in the 100 fly in 52.06. Tahi Ibanez placed sixth in the girls 100 fly in 1:01.64 and fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.75.

Rigby’s Kalib Boyle, Nathaniel Pearson, Hunter Bidwell and Matthew King placed eighth in the 5A 200 medley relay in 1:50.36. Pearson tied for fifth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.95 and 14th in the 200 IM (2:09.23).

Bonneville’s Trygge Jarnagin placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.13 and 12th in the 100 fly in 57.82.

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