Park City gets peek into the postseason
January 10, 2009
On Wednesday afternoon at the Park City Aquatic Center, the Park City High School swim team got a glimpse at its date with destiny.
Swimming against longtime rival Logan, the Miners were able to size up one of their main opponents for the 3A state title one month before they would see them again at the state championships.
And the results were just as close as Park City expected. The girls beat Logan by 19 points, with a final score of 94-75, and the boys lost to Logan 89-72, a 17-point differential. Overall, the Miners won 166-164, so close that Mike Werner knows it will be a dogfight for both teams in a few weeks.
The Logan boys won all of the relay races to give them the edge over Park City, but individually, things were much tighter. Werner said that he would have liked the boys team score to be a little closer, but he was happy with the effort. He highlighted the performance of swimmers like Will Yarbenet, who shaved three seconds off his time in the 100-yard breaststroke to take second place with a time of one minute and 13.81 seconds.
"He looked so good," Werner said. "He stepped it up and swam really well."
For the girls, junior Mia Greenwald came up big, taking first in both the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.75 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 1:01.17. Greenwald, a transfer student from Massachusetts, has been an immediate contributor for the Miners. She said she already has her eye on the state championship.
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"Even before I started the season, I heard that Logan was a big competitor," she said.
The meet was the first for the team since the two-week holiday break. Although the Miners had practiced in the interim, Werner said the team was definitely a little bit rusty. But he was pleased with their swimming technique.
"If they were swimming fast, but didn’t have technique, we’d be in trouble," he said.
With fast times and good technical skills, Werner has the team right where he wants it as the season winds to a close. He said his biggest worry now is making sure he is ready for the next few weeks. As a coach, he will need to determine the best people in each race for the region and state championships.
"That’s where I’ll be losing sleep." Werner said.
The Logan meet was a good opportunity to prepare the Miners for their other nemesis Judge Memorial. Park City will have to battle Judge for the Region 10 title and the state championship. According to Werner, although these teams are competitive every year, this year the battle may reach its climax. Add Ogden to the mix for the boys and things could get really interesting very soon.
"Right now, every practice counts, every turn counts," he said.
Some 3A state rankings have put the Park City girls, who are the defending state champions, behind Judge, but Greenwald said the girls like it that way.
"It’s good to be the underdog," she said. "It challenges us more. Our coach thinks we’re the team to beat. I think that’s true."
The Miners will have one more regular-season meet against Layton on Wednesday at the Park City Aquatic Center at 3:45 p.m. Layton is led by Werner’s coaching mentor, Craig Bjorklund, and he is excited to end the regular season on a high note.
"He pushed me more than anyone else," Werner said.