Park City swimmers continue dominant season
The Park City High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams hosted their final home meet of the season on Wednesday afternoon at the Park City Aquatic Center. After a season of dominant performances, the results were not surprising — Park City won all but one event.
On the boys’ side, the Miners won every competition, with several swimmers earning multiple victories. Senior Vincent Hess won the 50-yard freestyle race and the 100-yard breaststroke event, sophomore Cole Peterson earned victories in the 200 free and the 100 free and sophomore Lucas Hess won the 100-yard butterfly and the 500 free.
Junior Alex Yokubison picked up a victory in the 200-yard individual medley and senior Jinwon Bailar won the 100-yard backstroke competition.
The girls’ squad was nearly as dominant as the boys, winning all but one event. Ashley Pickford of Corner Canyon won the girls’ 500 free race.
The Selznick sisters led the way for Park City, with senior Mara winning the 100 fly and 100 back races and junior Rozie winning the 50 and 100 free events. Sophomore Sienna Senn claimed victory in the 200 free, freshman Elise Beller won the 200 IM and junior Joelle Hess won the 100 breast.
Though the Miners didn’t turn in their best times on Wednesday, that’s all part of the team’s training plan, Coach Kelly O’Brien said.
"The exciting thing is that they’re really tired because they’re working really, really hard during practices," she said. "When it comes to the meet, for them to see that they can still swim fast when they’re tired is very encouraging. When we do rest a little bit, they’re just going to blow it up and go really fast. It’s encouraging for them to stay positive even when they’re not going at their best times."
The Miners know there are bigger goals on the horizon that they’re training for.
"We’ve dominated state the last two years in a row and are hoping to do it for a third," Bailar said.
"I’d like to break every record," O’Brien added. "I don’t think there’s a reason why we can’t."
Before getting into the Region 10 championships and the 3A state meet, though, O’Brien said there’s another big meet looming next week.
"Before we do any of that, we swim against Skyline, which has always been a great swimming program. In the past, we’ve been able to hang, but I feel like we’re going to give them a hard time. It’ll be nice for [Park City] to be able to race and feel the excitement [of a close meet]."
When Park City starts to rest before the big end-of-season meets, O’Brien said the swimmers will start focusing on the little things.
"As they get tired, their strokes will not be as efficient," she said. "When we get time to rest, that’s what we’ll be working on — technique, turns and starts. I always think there’s growth to be had in starts."
Park City’s meet at Skyline is scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. The Region 10 championships will be held on Jan. 30 and the 3A state meet is scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13.
Final Meet Results
Park City — 1,383 points
Corner Canyon — 1,011 points
Logan — 896 points
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After starting the year 0-3, the Miners are rolling. They’ve won their last three games, including Friday’s blowout over a region foe.