Miner swimmers start strong at Region 10 Invitational
November 11, 2014
Word is spreading about the swim team at Park City High School. Coming off a season in which both the boys’ and girls’ teams captured state titles, program enrollment numbers are soaring this season.
Now the Miners are ready to show they can be even better this year after adding several strong swimmers.
"We have a lot of new kids," coach Mike Werner said. "We picked up 21 freshmen coming in. Last year, we had 40 people now we’re up to 68."
Though it’s been a challenge fitting that many kids into the pool at the Park City Aquatic Center, Werner said it’s a good problem to have. He credits the returning swimmers for talking up the program to their classmates.
"People want to be a part of the program and part of a championship team," he said. "That says a lot about the kids and what they do. They’re the ones in charge of the recruiting, so this has been really cool to see."
In the Miners’ first meet of the year last week, the Region 10 Invitational at Uintah High School, they showed that they are still one of the best teams in the state, cruising to team victories in both the boys’ and the girls’ meets.
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"That was a lot of fun," Werner said. "The kids swam really well considering it was our first meet and we had a lot of new people."
The Park City girls won every event at Uintah, but made some of their biggest splashes in relay events. The 200-yard medley relay team of freshmen Milava Shumilove and Katie Hale and sophomores Joelle Hess and Rozie Selznick won the event, followed by a team comprised of Park City juniors Mara Selznick and Megan Flake and seniors Becca Selznick and Alandra McDowell.
The boys’ team also took home several wins, including three in relay events. Comprised of freshmen Lucas Hess and Cole Peterson, sophomore Jack McMullin and junior Vincent Hess, the boys’ 200-yard medley team also took first place.
Werner said he’s excited about the potential of some of Park City’s younger swimmers.
"Most of these freshmen have been on my club teams," he said. "A lot of these kids have been ranked in the top-10 in the country. You have lots of state champions in there at the club level. They’ll immediately impact how things are going [for the high school squad] and it should be really exciting."
Though Werner said he doesn’t like to get ahead of himself by predicting state championships after one meet, he said it’s shaping up to be a special season for the Miners.
"All the kids are excited about it and they have some pretty high goals," he said. "They’ll be able to accomplish whatever they want. If everyone swims the way they’re capable of and they swim hard, there are going to be a lot of good things coming out of Park City this year."
The Miners will return to the pool on Wednesday, Nov. 12, against Brighton. That meet is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. at the Park City Aquatic Center. On Friday, the Miners will head down to the South Davis Rec Center where they’ll swim against Viewmont and Skyline, the defending 5A and 4A state champions.
For full results from the Region 10 Invitational, please see the Scoreboard section on page B-5.
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