Miners swim past Bulldogs at Invite
The season could end right now and the Park City High School girls swim team would be happy.
This past weekend at the Park City Invite at the Park City Aquatic Center, the team managed to pull off a feat talented Miners teams have been attempting for years they beat the Judge Memorial Bulldogs.
"They were really excited," said Park City head coach Mike Werner. "We’ve got a great group of swimmers that want to make it their year."
The Park City girls finished with 589 points, 34 points above the Bulldogs at 535, and well-ahead of Logan at 506.
Beating Logan, another perennially strong team, was also motivating for the Miners. Werner said that this year all three of the schools are boasting very strong teams.
"This year, it’s wide open," Werner said. "Everyone has great swimmers."
The girls were led by senior Samantha Case, who set some records. Case took second in the 200-yard IM, won the 100-yard butterfly with a personal best time of 1 minute and 1.19 seconds and was just barely off of her state title winning time in the first leg of the 400-freestyle relay.
"She had an amazing meet," said Werner said.
The boys also swam well taking third with 430 points behind Logan with 442 and first-place winner, Judge who had 579 points.
"The boys stepped it up," Werner said.
On the boys’ side, Briggs Lyman had a strong showing on a bit of a comeback. The junior was sidelined two weeks ago with wisdom teeth extractions and just got back in the water last week. Still, he managed to take third in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle.
"He had some good, solid swims and really helped get the guys going, Werner said.
The Miners won the meet with a combined total of 1, 019, beating out Logan who finished with 948 points.
Werner said the team turned in a number of lifetime bests that contributed to the win, but he says they can still get even better.
"I said. ‘You guys have had a taste of success. Let’s get out there and let them chase us,’ " Werner said.
All this and the Miners are still swimming tired. Werner said that he has been working the team extremely hard in practice, even holding a brief training before the meet.
"Now the kids know they can swim fast when they’re tired," Werner said.
The Miners will a get a small break on Wednesday when they host the Region 10 Invitational. After proving that they could perform against the likes of Judge and Logan, Werner decided that the next week he would allow the team to have some fun. He plans on changing events for some of this swimmers and encouraging them to just have a good time.
"Anything I can do to have some fun, I’ll do," "Werner said. "I think they need a variety,"
He says that the Miners are both talented and versatile, so keeping things fun and ever-changing during the season ensures the team will continue to enjoy the sport.
"And it helps them swim fast," he added.
The Miners will host the Region 10 Invitational Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4:45 p.m.
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