PCHS swimmers win Region 10 title
January 30, 2015
No, the Region 10 title isn’t the ultimate goal for the Park City High School swim team. After both the boys’ and girls’ squads won 3A state titles last season, the Miners are out to prove they have what it takes to repeat.
But Thursday afternoon’s meet at the Park City Aquatic Center, where both the boys and girls sailed to easy victories in the Region 10 championships, was a step in the right direction for the powerful Miners.
Park City Coach Mike Werner was happy with the way the team performed on Thursday afternoon.
"We had some great swims," he said. "The kids who needed to swim fast swam really fast and a lot of the kids who were right on the bubble of being able to make it to state did really well, too."
Park City won every event at the meet except one, the boys’ 100-yard fly, which was won by Juan Diego’s Hunter McKenzie. Werner joked that the Miners didn’t live up to expectations by not winning every event.
"Our goal was to win every event — I made a deal with the kids that if they didn’t win every event, I don’t have to come to practice," he laughed. "So we’ll see if I show up tomorrow or not."
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In the process of winning every other event, though, the Miners also set three 3A state records. Jinwon Bailar set the record in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 52.32 seconds. The girls’ 200-yard medley relay team of Katie Hale, Blaire McDowell and Mara and Becca Selznick finished in 1:49.14, claiming a record, and the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay of team Becca and Rozie Selznick and Blaire and Alandra McDowell set a record with a time of 1:40.80.
Werner said he’s glad those records are in the books now so there’s less pressure at the state meet.
"That was something we were hoping to do at this meet just to get it out of the way and show the kids they could do it when they were not really rested yet," he said. "They stepped up and swam really well."
Earlier in the season, Werner was concerned about the Miners’ lackadaisical approach to the "little things" in races. After Thursday, though, he’s seen major progress in that area.
"Today we were a lot cleaner in that area," he said. "They really did work the small things and thought about those turns. The breakouts were better, too. We still have to work on finishes, though. That’s what it comes down to at state — whoever gets their hand on the wall first and has the best finish, that’s who’s going to win."
Though the Miners have cruised to many of their victories this season, Werner said he anticipates some tougher competition at the 3A state meet in two weeks.
"There are a lot of people who want to come in and beat the team that won last year," he said. "That usually makes things exciting. It’s harder to repeat as champions. The next two weeks will really be a lot of fine-tuning and race-quality swimming to get ready to hopefully put on a show at state."
The 3A state swim meet is scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at Brigham Young University.
Region 10 Swim Meet results
Combined team scores
Park City — 1,255 points
Uintah — 906 points
Juan Diego — 530 points
Park City — 652 points
Uintah — 446 points
Juan Diego — 194 points
Park City — 603 points
Uintah — 460 points
Juan Diego — 336 points
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