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PCHS swim teams ready for Region

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Park City High School swim team is preparing to defend its Region 10 championship after taking home first place for both the boys’ and girls’ teams at the Park City Invitational on Jan. 6.

Coach Mike Werner said the meet was important for the swimmers, not only because he wanted them to get in more practice before Region, but also because he wanted to see how they were handling their new positions. The coaching staff had changed up the swimmers so that they would be more versatile and could be moved around easily at Region and state.

"A lot of the kids that needed to step up and solidify themselves to be contributors did so, and it was great to see," Werner said. "We knew what we were doing (when we changed the positions). We knew where we wanted to put everybody. It was a nice tune-up before Region. I was very pleased with the outcome of the results."

The girls’ team scored 409 points with Davis taking second with a score of 235. Layton scored 220 and North Summit scored 81. The boys’ team took first with a score of 375 with Davis taking second with 276. Layton scored 232 and North Summit scored 142. For individual results, see page B-6.

The Miners are preparing to battle Wasatch for the Region 10 title on Jan. 23. The meet begins at 9 a.m. at Ecker Hill Middle School. However, this year, the teams plan to change things up even more. Werner said they are trying to have a combined "super" Region with Juan Diego and Judge. They have also invited North Summit and South Summit.

"We haven’t heard if it’s a go or not," he said. "North Summit and South Summit will be there. We’ve decided that they’re going to medal and score points. They’ve got some good kids that are challenging and doing well. Just because they’re a lower classification, let’s still recognize the effort of the coach and swimmers and schools."

Werner said that, despite the extra competition, he’s confident the Miners will do well at Region. Instead, he’s more focused on the state competition that will take place Feb. 5-6 at BYU.

"It’s harder to make (the Miners’) state team than it is to get in the state meet," he said. "We’re only allowed four people so we’ll have kids staying home that are faster than kids at the meet from other schools."

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