Park City swimmers are state champs again
After winning both boys’ and girls’ state titles last season, the Park City High School swim team entered last weekend’s 3A state meet as heavy favorites to win both titles again.
The Miners didn’t disappoint, breaking six state records en route to dominant victories for both squads.
Four Miner relay teams set state records — all three girls’ relay squads and the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay.
The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Rozie Selznick, Blaire McDowell, Siena Senn and Alandra McDowell set the 3A record with a time of 1 minute, 40.39 seconds. The 400-yard freestyle relay, made up of Rozie Selznick, Senn, Katie Hale and Becca Selznick, set the state record with a time of 3:37.67. Finally, the 200-yard medley relay team of Hale, Joelle Hess, Mara Selznick and Becca Selznick finished with a record-breaking time of 1:48.24.
The boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay team, comprised of Vincent Hess, Ryan Graves, Lucas Hess and Jinwon Bailar, finished with a time of 1:28.29 to set the record.
Two Park City individuals broke state records as well. Blaire McDowell’s time of 1:06.0 in the 100-yard breaststroke set a record and barely edged teammate Joelle Hess’s time of 1:06.69. Jinwon Bailar broke his own state record in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 52.05 seconds.
Even with the records, Park City Coach Mike Werner said it was impossible to single out just a few top performers from the squad.
"It was honestly a team effort. I don’t want to leave anybody out," he said. "The whole team came together. It wasn’t just girls and it wasn’t just boys. Everyone worked together and it was an atmosphere of excellence."
The Miners peaked at the right time, too. In addition to setting six state records, nearly every swim was a personal-best.
"I think all but four of our swims were best times for the season," Werner said. "Everybody got out there and did their job and contributed. Every single person was a factor. That’s one of the things that make us special — everyone feeds off each other."
Though Park City will again be favorites to win both 3A titles next year, Werner said it’ll be tough to replace this year’s stellar group of seniors.
"All of our seniors, they’ve been with us the whole time and really developed the culture and legacy we have here," he said. "We took a look around before the state meet and said, ‘This is your last meet, go enjoy it.’ I thanked them for helping to create an awesome atmosphere that people wanted to join — our team keeps getting bigger. It’s always tough to fill those shoes, though. We hope [the younger swimmers] understand what our tradition of excellence is."
The season is just getting started for many of the Park City swimmers, who will now head to senior state championships in St. George for a meet this weekend. Many swimmers will continue to compete with the Park City Swimming club teams.
For more information on Park City Swimming, visit http://www.parkcityswim.net.
3A State Swim Meet Results
Park City — 581 points
Cedar City — 284 points
Desert Hills — 185 points
Park City — 434.5 points
Cedar City — 257 points
Juan Diego — 240 points
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