PCHS athletes commit to college
The Park City High School boys’ golf, girls’ lacrosse and swim teams have all had a high level of success the past few years.
Last month, Mitchell Schow and the golf squad won their eighth-straight 3A title. Last spring, Marina Mayo and the girls’ lacrosse team won their second-straight state championship and last winter, Jinwon Bailar and the Miner swim team won their second title in a row.
Now seniors, Schow, Mayo and Bailar are making decisions about their futures. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the trio of high-caliber athletes signed their college commitment papers. Schow will play golf at the University of Utah, Mayo will play lacrosse at Fresno State and Bailar will swim at Colgate University.
Schow said he chose Utah for the possibility of building a top Pac-12 program.
"I’ve got a lot of good buddies that go there now," he said. "We’re going to try to rebuild the program and make it into a team worthy of a national championship."
The Utes moved to the Pac-12 from the Mountain West a few years ago and Schow said the transition period isn’t quite over.
"I think they’re still trying to rebuild," he said. "Their football team is obviously doing it and the basketball team is, too. Now all the other sports are trying to build off of them."
Mayo said she was swayed to sign with Fresno State by a variety of factors.
"I had other options," she said. "But this one was in a great location and one of my best friends who goes to Brighton will also be going with me. It just had a lot of benefits and I thought it would be a good choice for me."
Much like Schow, Mayo said she was drawn to sign with a team on the rise.
"They’re decent," she said of the Bulldogs’ lacrosse program. "They haven’t been great in the past, but they’ve definitely stepped it up the last five years. Our freshman class is really good and I think we’re going to make a big impact."
Bailar, who will be going to Colgate in Hamilton, New York, said he chose the Raiders because of a great visit to the campus.
"The coach was very nice when we talked on the phone and when I went out to visit him," he said. "He’s a great guy and we got along really well. The school is an amazing school and is one of the best in the country. The campus is just beautiful."
Bailar wants to help the Raiders men’s team become one of the best in the Patriot League.
"The women’s team is doing pretty well this season and the men’s team is getting up there," he said. "Hopefully I can help them get more points and get on top of the leaderboards."
Bailar’s fastest times in the 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard fly races at PCHS are already fast enough that he can compete for the Colgate school record right away.
"I want to break the school record in the 200 back," he said. "I should be able to."
Schow already won a state title in his senior season. Now Bailar and Mayo want to end their high-school careers on a high note, too. Bailar and the swim team will get their chance Feb. 12-13, while Mayo will have to wait until May for her opportunity.
"For me, personally, I’ve played in a state championship every year so far with the varsity team," she said. "As a senior, I really, really hope we make it back to state and take that title once again just to go out with a bang."
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