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Summit County swimmers go co-ed

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

When Park City High school swim coach Mike Werner announced to his team that they were "mixing things up," at Wednesday’s meet against South Summit, he wasn’t kidding.

The two Summit County schools literally mixed their teams up at the meet allowing the boys and girls to swim together.

Not only did the different format allow the team to challenge themselves, it was a welcome change of pace in the middle of the long season.

"We had some really fast swimming and all of the kids looked really good," Werner said. "We needed a little challenge."

He said that very often, the boys and girls will swim together in practice, but they rarely get the chance to test themselves against each other in a meet situation.

It was also a good opportunity for South Summit to continue to improve. The Wildcats’ head coach Ashley Marsing, daughter of the well-known and highly-respected longtime prep swim coach Steve Marsing, is trying to rebuild the program and has a number of strong swimmers, so the "mix" format only helped her team to swim faster as well.

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In some cases, the girls were able to swim past the boys and Werner felt this was a perfect way to keep the team excited and focused.

"It was fun last night," Werner said. "It’s a good way to head into their break."

The break for the swim team is a moratorium that lasts through half of the Christmas break. The kids will be back in the water during the second week of the holiday vacation and preparing for their next meet against 5A powerhouse Kearns.

In years past, there had been concern that the moratorium would cause the team to lose focus, but Werner said that this year is different. Not only do the girls finally have a fair shot at overcoming Judge Memorial to win the state title, but Werner says that all season long, team members have impressed him with their ability to buckle down.

"I think the break will be good," Werner said. "They realize they’ve only got a couple of weeks."

At the end of those weeks, the Miners will finally have the chance to prove themselves in the Region 10 and state championships, where Judge will stand in their path both times.

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