High School State Championships: Utah 5A Boys and Girls

PROVO, Utah, February 14. UTAH'S high school swimming season came to a close the weekend of Feb. 10-11 with the state's 5A championships in Provo. The 3A and 4A competitions were held the previous weekend, also in Provo.

Alta junior Brianne Francis set the only 5A record on the girls side with her 2:04.03 victory in the 200 yard IM. She also claimed first in the 100 breast (1:04.72) and swam on Alta's two first-place relay teams. The squad of Francis, seniors Hailey Wilkinson and Taylor Coffee, plus junior Alicia May triumphed in the 200 medley relay (1:49.67) and the 400 free relay (3:36.40).

Riverton's quartet of sophomore Kaylene Finch, freshman Madeline Christensen, senior Erin Cavender and freshman Abbey Sorenson picked up the other relay victory with their 1:40.37 in the 200 free. In Sorenson's first high school state meet, she put together victories in both the 50 free (24.12) and the 100 back (1:00.04).
Samm Scoresby, a junior at Lone Peak, brought home meet titles in the 100 free (53.37) and 200 free (1:55.11). Brighton junior Kaitlyn Overstreet, who finished second to Sorenson in the 100 back, enjoyed her first-place win in the 100 fly (58.96).

In a see-saw battle over 500 yards of freestyle, American Fork senior Camille Okelberry emerged on top over Lone Peak junior Rachel Hubert, 5:13.70 to 5:13.85.
Brighton finished first, scoring 347 points; Bingham placed second with 266, followed by Alta (234), Lone Peak (212) and Riverton (176). Just missing out on fifth were American Fork (171) and Kearns (170).

Brighton's boys team made it a sweep of the team titles by a comfortable margin with their 394 points. Bingham placed second, garnering 216 points. Kearns took third by two points over Cottonwood, 180-178; Davis beat out Lehi for fifth, 152-150.

Brighton's shining star was Long Gutierrez, who set a state record 48.89 in the 100 fly and a 5A record 1:53.65 in the 200 IM. Gutierrez also swam on Brighton's victorious relay teams. Gutierrez led off for seniors Ryan Brinkerhoff, Kyle Spicer and Tanner Wiest for the 200 medley relay win (1:36.04); senior Trent Evans combined with Gutierrez, Spicer and Wiest in the 400 free relay for a 3:11.27.

Pleasant Grove junior Nathan Bramhall was the only other record setter among the boys. He lowered the 5A standard in the 100 breast to 59.34

Kearns senior Sam Huff took charge of the sprint free events, claiming titles in both the 50 free (20.87) and 100 free (45.87). Huff also led off the winning Kearns 200 free relay (1:27.85) with junior Adam Parkinson, sophomore Bryce Pearosn and senior Kevin Anderson.

Cottonwood senior Alex Bowcutt topped the field in the 200 free (1:42.46); teammate Jordan Dahle, a junior, posted a 4:42.27 first-place time in the 500 free. Despite Weber senior Drake Mendelson's 27.81 second half of his 100 back race, he wound up 13-hundredths short of victory to Bingham senior Shane Callihan, 53.74-53.87.