Miners fall prey to Hunter
Wednesday night, the Park City High School swim team was ready to have some fun.
The Miners had spent the weekend battling some of the state’s best teams and walking away with the overall win. So, when the Region 10 Invitational popped up on the schedule just four days later, nobody was in the mood for more intensity.
Thus, Park City head coach Mike Werner decided to mix things up. The kids were allowed to pick three races to compete in and were encouraged to try something new.
"They’ve been working hard and they earned it," Werner said.
The results were surprisingly good considering the change. The girls took second to Judge finishing with 625 points, barely trailing the Bulldogs’ 668.
"For playing around and having fun, I guess we didn’t do too bad," Werner said. "I’m not going to complain about 40 points down."
Things were a little more lopsided for the boys. Wasatch won with a whopping 649 points, compared to second-place Judge with 475 and Park City with 425 total points.
"They’ve [Wasatch] got some depth," Werner said. "We just wanted to play around. We had some good swims considering."
Although the Miners might not stack up to the likes of Wasatch numbers-wise, Werner said that he has watched his boys team steadily improve and is excited to see what they can do this season.
allowing the team to experiment, Werner is also hoping to tap into some unknown talent. He said after the meet, a number of his swimmers came up to him asking what their chances might be to perform well at the region and state meets in their new-found races.
"I saw good things yesterday," Werner said. "Many of them tried stuff they always wanted to try."
The team was also performing well considering that they swam a timed 2,000 yards on Tuesday afternoon. Werner said he wore the team out and was amazed at how well they rebounded the following afternoon.
Lyndsey Shand came up big for the Miners, swimming in some events for the first time this year. She won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.32 seconds and the 100-yard backstroke with in one minute and 6.8 seconds. Emily Yarbenet also swam well, Werner said, turning in a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
"She’s not known for her backstroke," Werner said. "She did very, very well."
She also took fifth in the 50-yard freestyle.
The team will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host Alta in the last meet before the Thanksgiving holiday. After that, Werner plans on giving everyone a break. The Utah High School Activities Association imposes a moratorium on high school practices during the holiday, but Werner said they all need the break anyway. He has been battling an aching back every since the weekend and the kids have been swimming some of their hardest workouts of the season.
"They’ve earned a break and with what they’re doing, they’re not going to lose shape," Werner said. "A nice break will help their focus."
The Miners host Alta Nov.21 at the Park City Aquatic Center at Ecker Hill at 3:30 p.m.
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