Miners find success in southern waters
This past weekend, the Park City High School swim teams made their annual trek to take on southern Utah prep teams. Head coach Matt Hayes, as usual, billed it as an opportunity to watch the southern school swim before the state championship and bond as a team.
He can check both off of the list, as the Park City girls watched, bonded and then blew the competition out of the water at the Canyon View Invitational held at Southern Utah University.
"The girls won really hardily," Hayes said.
Hayes said that depth was the key to the Miners xx-point victory over a number of 3A and 4A schools. Park City’s second-string relays teams were methodically beating the other school top teams.
"It’s good to see how much depth we have against these teams," Hayes said.
It also gives Hayes confidence as the team heads into the second half of their season and looks to have the manpower to beat their rival Judge in Region 10.
"Our goal is to not be satisfied with shooting for second," Hayes said.
The Miners still have plenty of work ahead of them. The girls won most of their races and a number of them finished in sixth and seventh place to secure the Canyon View victory, but compared to the top 50 swimmers in the state, Judge still trumps Park City with girls finishing faster.
We still have a lot of work to do, that’s for sure," Hayes said.
Park City’s newly found strength is two-fold. The younger swimmers keep improving week after week and are commited to training and swimming their best. Hayes said that over the last two years, the team struggled with team cohesiveness and focus, due in large part to family issues that Hayes was dealing with during that time. Now that he is feeling better, he says his team is feeling better. He has more energy to devote to the developing swimmers and demands more dedication and drive from the team as a whole.
"As a team, it has everything to do with my attitude." Hayes said. "My expectations really drive how far you go."
The boys also fared well, finishing in sixth place. Senior Tyler Pool finished just five seconds behind the state’s best swimmer, Joe Beutler, of Snow Canyon, before being disqualified for an undetermined infraction. Pool’s younger brother, Griffin, and Briggs Lyman also turned in strong performances in the 500-yard freestyle. Hayes also highlighted strong swimming from Emily Yarbenet, Kelsey Reynolds, Karson Kalt and Brandon Booth as contributing to the team’s overall performance.
Beutler, though, was truly the star of the meet dominating in every race. According to Hayes, the Miners don’t really have an "awe factor" where the champion swimmer is concerned, but he hopes that they watch and admire Beutler’s commitment to the sport.
"I say, ‘If you can just learn hard work, this is what you can attain,’" Hayes said.
Beutler, a sophomore, is known for training apart from his team in a separate lane because his workouts are so much harder.
"He’s an animal," Hayes said. "He trains more than anyone."
The Miners now have one week to prepare for a home meet against Tooele and Canyon View.
"We’ll get a full week in and then a small weekend meet to see how we do," Hayes said.
Hays says a long week of training is crucial to keep the team in shape during the holiday creak.
Park City will host Cedar and Canyon View next Saturday, Dec 9 at 9 a.m. at the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center.
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