Rachel Butler Lowers 200 IM State Mark; Wasatch Girls, Brighton Boys Win Utah 5A Championships

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The 2019 Utah 5A State Championships took place on February 9 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The meet was highlighted by Brighton senior Rachel Butler, who lowered her own state record in the 200 IM. Wasatch girls (254) posted a narrow victory over Timpview (252) for their second team title in program history, while Brighton boys earned their 23rd championship crown with 310 points.

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Wasatch – 254
  2. Timpview – 252
  3. Skyline – 212
  4. Cottonwood – 205
  5. Olympus – 186

The meet began as Timpview’s Akalia Bostock (27.23), Kate Hansen (30.48), Rachel Oyler (24.62) and Katelyn Teng (24.61) won the 4×50 medley relay in 1:46.94, just off the 5A and State record of 1:46.81.

Shortly after, Oyler splashed-and-dashed her way to an individual win in the 50 free with a time of 23.60 as the only swimmer under the 24-second mark. She also collected a gold medal in the 100 fly, flying to the top of the podium in 56.49.

Bostock also added a personal victory of her own, winning the 100 free in 52.52 to hold off a charging Tali Skabelund of Sky Ridge who placed a close second in 52.94. Skabelund cruised to first in the 200 free, winning the event by just over a full second in 1:54.24.

Future Golden Gopher Butler set the pool on fire in the 200 IM, finishing three second ahead of the field in 2:03.41. That time eclipsed her own 5A and State record of 2:03.87 set last season. She then went on to post an eight-second victory in the 500 free, stopping the clock in 5:02.20.

Bountiful’s Elliot Howe led the charge in the 100 back, finishing by nearly two seconds ahead of the runner-up in 55.58. Cottonwood’s Emma Walker got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.48.

Wasatch’s Claire Kieffer (24.09), Addison Lay (25.21), Madi Christensen (25.28) and Trevi Ogilvie (23.88) combined to take the 4×50 free relay in 1:38.46. Just as the meet began, Timpview concluded the girls’ meet with a win in the 4×100 free relay as Oyler (50.74), Sydney Phillips (58.97), Grace Crandall (53.25) and Bostock (52.47) won in 3:35.43.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. Brighton – 310
  2. Cottonwood – 292
  3. Skyline – 239
  4. Olympus – 173
  5. Timpview – 151.5

Cottonwood’s Chase Dailey (25.15), Blayze Kimble (26.33), Martin Anders (23.42) and Aidan Salisbury (22.28) opened the boys’ meet with a 4×50 medley relay victory in 1:37.18, just ahead of runner-up Skyline’s 1:37.39.

Not too long after helping his team to medley relay gold, Kimble was back in the pool to collect an individual victory after stopping the clock in 1:53.20 in the 200 IM. He also got his hands to the wall first in the 100 breast in 57.78, just off the 5A mark of 57.54.

Olympus’ Alex Cromar sprinted his way to the 50 free gold medal, just out-touching silver medalist Kade Colarusso (21.59) of Skyline by two-hundredths. Cromar found himself on top of podium again in the 100 free, clocking in at 47.25.

West freshman Yan Dvoretskiy dropped over two seconds from his prelims time to earn the State title in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:46.36. Anders won the 100 fly in 51.96, besting the field by almost two seconds.

Springville’s Cameron Green led the 200 free from start to finish, placing first with a new personal best time of 1:43.37. He also secured a half-second 100 back victory, racing to first in 51.01.

Green also lead off the winning 4×50 free relay (1:27.92) in 20.79, followed by Alex Lanier (22.64), Austin Mertz (22.64) and Braxton Armstrong (22.12). Cottonwood’s Colin Dailey (48.23), Chase Dailey (49.62), Jacob Ricci (49.49) and Kimble (47.09) concluded the meet as champions in the 4×100 free relay, combing for a final time of 3:14.43.