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By Natalia Kaczor, Swimming World College Intern
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Utah Class 3A and 4A State Championships were held at Brigham Young University. On the women’s side, the top three teams at the 3A meet were as follows: Park City with 466 points, Desert Hills with 275 points, and Cedar City with 238 points. On the men’s side, the top three 3A teams were Park City with 369 points, Cedar City with 256.5 points, and Desert Hills with 208 points.
At the 4A meet, the Skyline women won with 288.5 points, followed by Timpview in 197 points, and Corner Canyon in 191 points. On the men’s side, Skyline also won, with 315.5 points, followed by Timpview with 225 points and Springville with 200 points. The top three individual and relay finishers are listed below, by respective meet:
The Park City women asserted their dominance early on, winning the 200 medley relay by almost eight seconds in 1:47.13. Desert Hills followed for second in 1:55.98, with Dixie grabbing third in 2:00.10. The Park City men also made a statement by edging out Cedar City 1:41.01 to 1:41.82, respectively. Juan Diego Catholic touched third in 1:43.01.
The first individual event win of the meet went to Elise Beller in the 200 free in 1:57.11 Abby Whittington finished second in 2:00.63 and Alina Barnes third in 2:02.27. For the men Ryan Bunn out-touched Alex Yokubison by nine one hundredths of a second, 1:45.62 to 1:45.71. JR Gustat finished third with his 1:49.71.
Senior Joelle Hess dominated her first individual win of the night in the 200 IM, winning in 2:09.19. Katelyn Gross finished second in 2:14.27, with Jessi Beyer toughing third in 2:17.39. Cole Peterson was just on the 2:00 mark in 2:00.26, with Alec Chournos claiming second in 2:01.65, ahead of Garrett Dotson in 2:05.15.
Senior Rosie Selznick cracked the 24 second barrier for the first time to win the 50 free in 23.80. Kristen Gross finished second in 24.58 and Aspen Bonzo third in 25.38. The men’s 50 free proved to be a close battle, with Karson Christensen stealing the crown in 22.01 followed by Dennis Djunic in 22.12 and Noah Ashton in 22.52.
Gross came back in a strong last 50 to steal the 100 fly title in a personal best 58.32. Katie Hale followed in 59.30 and Stephanie Dansie rounded out the podium in 1:01.60. 200 free champion Bunn added his second win of the night in the 100 fly in a close 54.83. Chournos finished second in 54.91, just barely head of Connot Waterman in 54.93.
Selznick picked up another win in a sprint event, the 100 free, in 51.87. Gross touched second in 53.80 with Whittington coming third in 55.04. The men’s 100 free was a close race, with the top three contenders all finishing under 49 seconds, led by Yokubison in 48.26, Djunic in 48.54 and Christensen in 48.99.
200 free champion Beller claimed the distance event of the meet, winning the 500 free in 5:16.16, followed by Nicole Christensen in 5:21.80 and Sabine Caplin in 5:32.69. Gustat won the men’s event in 5:03.10, followed by freshman Jack Troxel in 5:04.38 and Matt Whipple in 5:05.80.
The Cedar City women won the 200 free relay in 1:39.06 with a 23.75 anchor by Gross, followed by Park City in 1:43.43 and Desert Hills in 1:45.46. The Cedar City men were also victorious in the relay, winning by 0.10 seconds over Desert Hills, 1:31.79 to 1:31.89. Juan Diego Catholic followed in 1:32.69.
Hale claimed the 100 back title in 56.86, ahead of Elisa Price in 59.52 and Sarah Hansen in 1:01.66. Peterson won his second individual of the night in 52.43, just ahead of Quentin Tyler in 52.84 and Braxton Higgs in 56.62.
200 IM champion Hess dominated the 100 breast in 1:05.51, adding another win under her belt. Savannah Thomas finished second in 1:09.30, and Tori Geller claimed third in 1:10.71. Dotson was back on the podium, this time for the gold medal in the 100 breast in 1:01.73. Alexander Gustat was second in 1:02.74, and Leon Weingartner third in 1:03.40.
The Park City women closed with a victory in the 400 free relay in 3:34.82. Cedar City was second in 3:41.46, and Desert Hils third in 3:47.99. The Park City men also won their relay in a dominant fashion, touching in 3:14.17. Dixie followed in 3:22.51 and Logan claimed third in 3:25.47.
The Skyline women opened with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.57. Kearns followed closely in 1:51.04, and by Olympus in 1:51.72. The Skyline men also touched first, in 1:39.35, just ahead of Springville in 1:40.12 and Box Elder in 1:41.66.
Becca Goodson won the 200 free in a comfortable 1:57.36, taking more than four seconds off her previous best to swim a 1:57.36. Arden Tesch finished second in 2:00.46 and India Phillips in third in 2:01.61. Senior Brighman Harrison finished first in 1:41.33, followed by Kaden Staker in 1:44.25 and Parker Gardener in 1:45.93.
Makayla Cazier won the 200 IM in 2:06.32, ahead of Lily Plaudis in 2:08.64 and Bella White in 2:08.88. Junior Talmage Corey won the men’s 200 IM in 1:59.29. Ian James claimed second in 1:59.46, followed by Eric Anderson in 2:01.11.
Freshman Rachel Oyler opened her first 4A State meet in an impressive win, going 23.77 to win the 50 free title. Kali Barlow finished second in 24.55, just ahead of Claire Kieffer in 24.69. Senior Josh Skabelund teetered on the 21 second mark, touching in 21.09 to win the 50 free. There was a tie for second place between Ammon Arp and Erick Mosteller, both going 22.13.
White had her glory in the 100 fly, winning the title in 57.78. Bergen Braun followed closely in 58.96 and by Nicole Strong in 1:00.28. Jonah Black won the men’s event in 50.85. Holden Knight touched second in 53.55, just ahead of Calvin Giese.
Oyler returned to the top of the podium in the 100 free, going 51.69 to secure er second victory. Aleah Griffin came to the wall second in 53.76, followed by Kieffer in 54.52. Skabelund also returned as the 50/100 free double winner, locking his victory in 47.00. Staker finished second in 47.39, followed by James in 47.42.
Goodson returned to the top in the 500 free, touching in 5:15.77. Akalia Bostock finished behind her in 5:16.43, followed by Phillips in 5:24.45. Like Goodson, Harrison returned for the 200/500 free double win in 4:43.24, ahead of Gardener in 4:49.15 and Addison Morris in 4:52.77.
The most exciting race of the meet came in the 200 free relay. At the last exchange, Timpview was a full second behind Olympus. However, a monstrous 23.07 anchor leg from Oyler put Timpview ahead, giving them the win in 1:38.87 to Olymus’ 1:39.02. Corner Canyon was close behind in 1:41.40. Similarly, the Timpview men dominated their relay, winning in 1:27.58, led by an impressive 20.79 anchor by Harrison. Springville followed in 1:29.24, finishing just ahead of Skyline in 1:29.41.
Junior Cazier came back from her 200 IM victory to claim another, this time in the 100 back with her 55.78. Sarah Fillerup was second in 58.59, with Rivers Johnson third in 58.86. The men’s 200 IM champion Corey also came back to win the 100 back, touching first in 52.30. 100 fly champion Black was right on his heels, touching in 52.92, followed by Jacob Anderson in 53.87.
Plaudis came back in the 100 breast to claim her first individual title, touching in 1:04.02. Madelyn Flower was second in 1:05.75, and Abbi Morris was third n 1:07.20. On the men’s side, Anderson used a strong back half to win in 1:00.48, edging out Nathan Van Buren in 1:00.61. Isaac Miller touched third in 1:01.67.
The Timpview women captured the last event of the meet in the 400 free relay in 3:38.45, followed by Skyline in 3:40.36 and Corner Canyon in 3:45.48. The timpview men also brought home the last relay title, coming in at 3:11.21, ahead of Skyline in 3:17.20 and Olympus in 3:17.49.