Park City swims past East, Olympus
December 14, 2007
It’s all in the details. At least that’s how it feels for the Park City High School swim team. Midway through the season they are still winning almost every race they enter, but head coach Mike Werner says that they still have a long way to go as far as fine tuning.
"Between the flags, we’re racing well," Werner said. "But our walls and turns are horrid. They need a lot of work"
On Tuesday night in a tri-meet against 4A schools East and Olympus, the Miners managed to pull off an overall win against both teams.
"I was really happy," senior swimmer Emily Yarbenet said. "I think most of us did really well."
Yarbenet was one of the Miners leading the pack, competing in five events and taking first in four of them, despite the fact that she swam most of them within a 20-minute span.
"Yarbenet had some tough races and stepped up to all of them," said Werner. "It was fun to watch her swim."
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Separately, the girls beat both East and Olympus, while the boys took third, but Werner was still impressed with the effort of the Park City males.
"The guys did really well," Werner said. "The younger kids stepped up and swam really well."
One such underclassman was Griffin Pool won the 500-meter freestyle.
Park City was swimming without 10 members of the team due to scheduling conflicts, but he said he still rose up to the challenge of the bigger schools.
"It gets our blood going that we can do it," Yarbenet said. "They’re supposedly bigger than us, but we can swim tougher and can hold them."
As the season goes on, the Miners are learning that they have enough talent to beat anyone in the state regardless of size.
"They’re starting to learn it doesn’t matter who they are swimming against," Werner said. "East is one of the best programs in the state. We’re not afraid to swim against bigger schools."
They’re also not afraid of swimming against one of the top programs in the state in Judge. Talk has been swirling all season that the Miners could finally challenge the Judge girls dynasty at the state championships and the Miners seem well on their way.
"It definitely motivates us," Yarbenet said. "Every year we work really hard. This year were going, ‘We’re almost there. We’re going to get them.’ It would be really exciting."
The Miners were scheduled to swim against the Bulldogs this weekend in the Judge Invitational, but too many teams left the Miners sitting home this weekend. Werner says that he welcomes the break after numerous meets in the last few weeks. He says they will use the time off to train and work on the little things.
"We still have a lot to work on, but they showed a lot of spirit and a lot of heart," Werner said.