Swimmers dive into season
October 24, 2008
Never a shrinking violet, the Park City High School swim team started its season in a big way taking on 5A swimming powerhouse Brighton on Tuesday night. The Miners lost, but they don’t seem especially worried. If fact, Park City head coach Mike Werner planned an entire preseason schedule full of the best teams in the state.
"I’d like to think we’re one of those teams," Werner said. "The opportunity to swim against some of the best now will only make us better at the end of the season."
Werner said that the team is already well ahead in its results than they were at the same point last year. That’s saying something considering that the girls’ team took home the 3A state championship last year.
"They looked ready," Werner said. "The kids showed up ready to race."
Although Brighton is known for its swimming dominance Park City’s Ana Agy swam there before she joined the national championship-winning Arizona Wildcats the Miners weren’t intimidated.
"Swimming is swimming," Werner said. "I don’t care if they are 5A or 4A. Everybody has a pool. It’s you and the water just go out and swim."
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The Miners did just that. Werner said that they are determined to win another championship and are already looking to get qualifying times for the state championships.
"This was a great team effort." he said. "We got big swims from all different people."
Werner said that, although he is challenging the team to take on some of the sharks of the swimming world right now, his team seems to swim hard against competition. He said a lot of the swimmers are always racing against themselves and each other, seeing if they can better their times from the previous meet.
The Miners should have plenty of talent to work with. For the first time in years, there are large numbers on the boys’ team. Werner said this is a direct result of the success of the city’s age-group team, the Park City Aquatic Team (PCAT). He has a large incoming freshman class and has kids from other classes coming out of the woodwork to swim for the team. The girls should once again have a strong team. Werner said that there is talent in virtually every race and he is excited to see what they can do this season.
The team has been in the water practicing for about a month now, working on stroke technique and fundamentals. Now that the season is underway, Werner said that he will begin working on meet strategies, trying new strokes and getting the team onto a strict training schedule.
The Miners be back in the competitive waters next week to swim at Springville next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.