PROVO, Utah, February 7. WITH the opening of the winter high school swimming season, Utah 3A and 4A swimmers met in Provo Feb. 3-4 for their state championship meet. The 5A swimmers get their chance this coming weekend, also in Provo.
Two Division 3 records fell with Desert Hills sophomore Amelia Draney's victories in the 200 yard free (1:52.29) and 500 free (5:03.07). Senior Megan Stephanz, sophomore Alaina Finley, junior Erin Testone and senior Kelsey Leeson from Juan Diego Catholic swept the free relay records with their times of 1:40.96 in the 200 and 3:41.52 in the 400 free. Park City senior Dusty Ragland lowered the boys 50 free mark to 21.17 and grabbed a second victory in the 100 free (46.66).
Three girls were able to win two events apiece. Leeson was tops in the 50 free (24.10) and 100 fly (1:00.39); Waterford junior Aspen Johnson snagged the 200 IM (2:15.84) and 100 breast (1:07.37) titles; and Judge Memorial Catholic's Amelia Wolfgramm, a sophomore, cruised to first-place times in the 100 free (52.10) and 100 back (57.10). Judge Memorial Catholic's relay of Wolfgramm, freshmen Alandra McDowell and Allison Leitte and junior Alandra McDowell combined for a first-place 1:53.42 in the 200 medley relay.
On the boys side, double event champions included PineView sophomore Mitchell Hutchings in the 200 free (1:48.38) and 500 free (4:52.94); Oakley senior Ben Branham in the 100 back (55.52) and 200 IM (2:00.58); and Desert Hills senior Tim Senholtz in the 100 breast (1:02.08) and 100 fly (53.07).
Park City's 200 medley relay of Ragland, senior Hayden Peterson and juniors Zach Carfill and Jensen Howard topped the field with their 1:40.67; Garrett Jensen joined Howard, Peterson and Ragland for a 3:19.82 victory in the 400 free relay. Wasatch's quartet of juniors Hunter Tolbert, Brady Winward and David Finley, with sophomore Hunter Hallows, claimed the 200 free relay with their 1:31.28.
Judge Memorial Catholic was the top girls team, scoring 378 points to Desert Hills' 254, Juan Diego Catholic's 219, Wasatch's 212.5 and Park City's 195. Park City won the men's title with 282 points, ahead of Wasatch's 255.5, Judge Memorial Catholic's 185, Desert Hills' 181 and Tooele's 177.
Skyline High School was the top team at the 4A portion of the championships. The women scored 458.5 points for their victory, followed by Woods Cross (235), Olympus (211), Mountain Crest (200) and Logan (176.5). Skyline's boys put together of 396 points, with Mountain Crest taking second (265), Springville (243.5), Sky View (163) and Bountiful (143).
Skyline's girls team was led by double event champions Natalie Bennion and Lillian Moore. Bennion, a senior, finished her individual high school competition with victories in the 50 free (24.19) and 100 free (52.18). Moore, a sophomore, set a 4A record in her 100 fly victory (57.51) and also won the 200 IM (2:10.53).
Skyline also swept the relay events, setting a 4A record in the 200 free relay with the quartet of Bennion, freshman Bella Zini, senior Lindsey Elliott and sophomore Audrey Miller (1:39.85). Their 200 medley relay of freshman Ali Dibble, Moore, sophomore Dominique Hansen and Elliott went 1:53.21, and the 400 free squad of Moore, Dibble, Miller and Bennion was first with a 3:35.79.
Mountain Crest sophomore Hailey Pabst posted new 4A marks in the 200 free (1:51.33) and 500 free (5:02.96). Olympic junior Shalee Howard was first in the 100 back (58.67), and Sky View senior Shaelynn Bodrero claimed the 100 breast title (1:09.49).
Shawn Western claimed a 4A record with his 4:33.95 first-place time in the 500 free. The Skyline 400 free relay of junior David Amirkhanashvili, sophomore James Sorenson and seniors Scott Sorenson and Travis Norseth set a 4A record with their 3:12.14 victory in the 400 free relay.
Amirkhanashvili contributed wins in the 50 free (21.86) and 100 free (48.12) to the Skyline cause, as did Norseth in the 100 fly (51.91) and 200 IM (1:56.08) and Scott Sorenson in the 100 back (52.76). Mountain Crest junior William Watts took first in the 200 free (1:42.07) and senior Anton Koponen grabbed the 100 breast win (1:00.24).
Skyline grabbed a second relay win with their team of Scott Sorenson, sophomore Steven Deng, Norseth and Amirkhanashvili in the 200 medley (1:39.12). Sky View's team of seniors Lance Devitry and Stewart Wood, plus juniors Curtis Wiser and Brett Mortenson, prevented a sweep with their 1:29.92 in the 200 free relay.