Swimmers preparing for end of season
It’s rally time for the Park City High School swim team. With just one meet left, at Mountain Crest, before the Region 10 competition at the Ecker Hill Aquatic Center, head coach Matt Hayes wants his team to come together. "I hope they will be able to come through they’re ready," Hayes said The teams also need to start resting. The team spent the weekend at a tri-meet at Logan High School against the Grizzlies and Cyprus. Despite being ranked higher in the state than Logan in both the boys and girls divisions, Park City finished second. "Our team is still very tired," Hayes said. "We just weren’t ready to compete. Maybe it will give us an edge later, because we will sneak up on them." The Park City girls lost 86-80, due in large part to the absence of Hannah Nichol, a varsity 200- and 500-yard freestyle swimmer who missed the meet because of a debate tournament. The boys’ gap was a little wider. After being disqualified in the opening relay, the team was unable to make up for the lost points and fell to Logan, 106-69. Even with the loss to a good team, Hayes isn’t too worried. He will begin tapering the team off on Wednesday so that they can begin to gain their strength back before the Region and State meets. Hayes says that those who have already qualified for State will begin their rest next week, but the Miners hoping to earn a qualification at the region meet will need to cut back their workouts this week. A typical high school swim season begins with endurance training, followed by strength workouts, so the team is ready to regain their energy heading into the final part of the year. Hayes says that this is the time of year where the effectiveness of season-long training really shows. "As a coach, you don’t know if you’ve done the work correctly," Hayes said. Hayes is hoping that the boys can pull off their first Region 10 title upset in years, against Judge Memorial, and sees the girls finishing a close second to the Bulldog girls. "I think we’re in a good position right now for the people who are committed and doing what they are supposed to do," Hayes said. His bigger concerns regard the state meet. The boys are on the brink of a breakout performance after totally revamping last year’s team. "The boys are very excited," Hayes said. He is hoping that their anticipation doesn’t hurt their performance as the pressure mounts. The girls are a different story. After losing a number of seniors following last year’s second-place 3A State Championship finish, Hayes has observed a letdown. He says he is hoping that team leadership and cohesiveness will increase in the coming weeks, so the girls can challenge for second place in the State once again. "Hopefully my girls will perform the way they need to," Hayes said. "I think they will come through in the end." The Region 10 meet will be he held on Friday, Jan. 20 starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at Ecker Hill Aquatic Center. The meet will also welcome individual swimmers from small 1A and 2A schools, such as The Oakley School and Intermountain Christian School, who are trying to qualify for the state finals.
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