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Welcome 3A powerhouses

Forget waiting until February to see who tops the 3A swimming world. Park City head swimming coach Mike Werner is bringing all of the action to Park City this weekend.

The Miners will host a number of teams on Saturday at the annual Park City Invitational, two of the Miners’ longtime rivals Ogden and Logan.

Like Park City, both schools boast state champions and their fair share of region and state championships, so Saturday should be a good test and great show for all involved.

Werner is especially interested in Logan. This year the team welcomed a new head coach in Jerry Hodgkinson, who led the Ogden boys’ squad to the state title last season.

"He runs a good program and his kids are fast and aggressive," Werner said.

Despite the pressure that comes with swimming against state title contenders, Werner is expecting the Miners to be at their best.

"It’s just the same as usual," he said. "I want the kids to step up and swim."

The kids will be just one day removed from a meet against Tooele and Clearfield, but Werner said learning to swim well when tired is all part of good training.

Also slated to come are North Summit, Uintah and Union. Werner said that the RSVPs are always plentiful for this meet because teams love the scenic destination as well as the opportunity to swim at Ecker Hill’s famously fast pool. Werner said he also like to think that he runs an efficient and successful meet.

"People love to come here," he said unapologetically.

It also appeals to onlookers. The Ecker Hill venue offers seating on the upper deck over looking the pool, which offers a bird’s eye view of the swimmers.

The meet will begin at 9 a.m. at the Park City Aquatic Center at Ecker Hill and should run about four hours.


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