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Miners take second at Region

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Park City High School assistant swim coach Mike Werner entered two teams at the Region 10 meet on Saturday at Ecker Hill. Although the team was technically divided into the boy’s team and the girls’ team, Werner said the PCHS coaches looked at it as those were already qualified to make state and the ones who weren’t.

To Werner, that made all the difference in how the team went into the meet. Those who were already qualified for state practiced every day up until the meet without a rest.

"They were swimming tired," Werner said. "We were treating it like a regular dual meet because they had already qualified. We were more concerned about them (practicing) for state."

Werner said those swimmers still swam close to their fastest times even though they hadn’t had a recovery period.

The kids who had not already qualified for state tapered off the days preceding the Region meet. Werner said they also did really well and several of them may have done well to bump up their chances of making state.

"We’re really pleased," he said. "A couple more qualified for state, had some great best times." He said he won’t know until Saturday, Jan. 30, which athletes officially made the state team.

"We take our bests guess and place our kids where we think they’re going to swim, and hope and pray that the draw works out," he said.

Overall, the Miners finished in second place for boys and girls with a combined score of 963 while Wasatch took first place for both teams with a combined score of 1081. Carbon took third with 420.5, North Summit fourth with 382.5, Oakley fifth with 178 and South Summit sixth with 26.

Werner said the Miners were disqualified from several races because of false starts, but was just grateful it happened at Region and not state.

"We’ve got a few points to make up, but we easily have some ground that we can do it," he said.

He said he was pleased with several of the swimmers including Joseph Palmer, Eric Smith, Abby Boyer, Olivia Boyer, Molly Roguschka, Allie Egan, Will Yarbenet, Gabe Campbell, Jensen Howard and Kelsey Reynolds.

"I think the kids swam well," he said. "I think they had a great attitude. It was a great environment. It was a good test for us right before state. We definitely will be a force to reckon with at state."

The state meet will be held at BYU on Feb. 6-7.


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