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West Jordan swimmer is best in state

Wednesday, February 20, 20131057 views

West Jordan High’s Jarren Brinton set a goal his sophomore year to win a state swimming title. Less than a year later, that goal looked pretty lofty as he suffered a broken leg and, due to an illness at last year’s 5A state championships, he finished ninth in the 500 freestyle and 10th in the 200 free. The senior came back strong this season and capped off his high school swimming career with a first place finish in the 500 free, coming in more nearly 12 seconds faster than Alta’s Jayden Rasband.

“About a month after state, I started training really hard and tried to stay consistent,” he said. “It feels so great to have it pay off and accomplish a goal.”

“Jarren did great this weekend with his win in the 500 dropping four seconds from his previous best time,” West Jordan coach Tawnee Tucker said.

The son of Shane and Dessie Brinton of West Jordan also took second place in the 200 free in one minute, 46 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than his previous personal best.

Senior Audree Van Valkenburg recorded a personal best in the 500 free, dropping nine seconds off her fastest previous time, to place 12th. She also placed sixteenth in the 100 butterfly with another personal best.

“I’m very proud of both senior swimmers,” Tucker said. “They had a great finale to their high school swimming careers.”

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