PCHS swimming: Getting back into the groove
December 2, 2011
To Mike Werner, the scary thing is his swimmers can be even better.
The Park City High School swim team got back to business Thursday, shaking off the two-week-old cobwebs to compete against 5A Alta.
"We’re actually ahead of where we thought they’d be," said Werner, Park City’s head coach. "They’re doing great things in training, going faster in-season than we ever have in the past. I’m really impressed; if it keeps going like this, it’ll be huge."
He said the Miners had a very good showing, even though the team was down a significant number of swimmers. Park City swam just 21 athletes due to many swimmers not making class-attendance requirements.
"I’m a stickler about that stuff," he said. "It’s not just about the competition. There’s no point of getting out of school early to swim if you miss so much already."
Werner said the Park City girls’ squad had an OK day in the pool against Alta’s girls’ program, one of the strongest in the state.
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"Nothing stellar," he said. "Obviously, we don’t have Alta’s numbers, but (the Miners) were pretty solid, all considering."
Speaking from the team bus Thursday night, Werner said the meet at Alta had computer issues and he didn’t have exact times accessible, but he anticipated a victory for his boys’ team.
He added that senior Hayden Peterson had an exceptional day in the water, winning the boys’ 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Peterson is part of a very strong group that includes Dusty Ragland, Jensen Howard and Garrett Jensen, among others.
"We don’t have the depth," Werner said, "but we sure have the horses."
Werner said he was impressed with his team’s effort after 18 days without a competition.
"To be able to come back from not practicing for a week, they swam really, really well," he said.
Next up for the Miners is the annual Battle of the Sexes swim tournament at the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center on Friday, Dec. 16. Park City is slated to compete against 4A Mountain Crest in an event that will pit boy and girl swimmers against each other.
"That one is always a lot of fun because the girls will get up to race the boys and the boys don’t want to lose to girls," he said.
Werner said he’s in the process of inviting more schools to the competition, including American Fork and Lone Peak.
"The more the merrier," he said.