PCHS swim team earns victory
November 12, 2013
Coming into a new season, there were plenty of question marks facing the Park City High School swim team.
Ahead of Saturday’s Region 10 Invitational at the Park City Aquatic Center at Ecker Hill Middle School, coach Mike Werner wasn’t sure what sort of team he’d have.
"I have a really new group," he said. "We have a lot of freshmen. We’re still learning each other and learning our dynamic."
But, that being said, Werner couldn’t be happier with the way the Miners swam on Saturday. The girls took first place among the four teams, scoring 709 points to beat second-place Uintah by 299 points. Juan Diego (212) and Summit Academy (138) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Werner said he’s particularly proud of the girls’ 400-yard free relay teams. Bailey Burke, Joelle Hess, Mara Selznick and Becca Selznick made up the Park City A team, finishing the relay in 3 minutes, 49.51 seconds. The Park City B team of Roslyn Selznick, Megan Flake, Alandra McDowell and Natalie McDonald finished in 3:52.15.
"Last year we didn’t break four minutes with one team," Werner said. "Let alone two teams."
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The boys also had a solid showing for the day, finishing second out of four teams. Uintah won the boys’ meet with a team score of 538. PCHS finished with 377 points, edging out Juan Diego’s 346.5 score. Summit Academy finished fourth with 175.5 points.
Werner said Vincent Hess stepped up and led the way for the Miner boys on Saturday. Hess won the 100-yard backstroke race in 1:03.35 and also claimed the top spot in the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:04.90. He was also a part of two first-place relay teams the 400-yard free and the 200-yard medley.
"He had some great races," Werner said. "He’s grown a couple inches and added some muscle this year."
With the efforts of both the boys and the girls, the Miners were able to claim overall victory at the Region 10 Invitational. Park City finished with 1,086 combined points, besting second-place Uintah’s total of 948 points. Juan Diego (558.5) and Summit Academy (313.5) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Werner hopes the strong showing will help his team’s confidence heading into Thursday’s meet at Brighton.
"The kids just have to believe they belong there," he said. "We train extremely hard. If they step up, they’re going to surprise some people especially themselves."
He added that a lack of confidence against bigger schools hampered the team last season.
"Last year we went in there thinking we were going to get slaughtered," he said. "The first half of the meet [at Brighton] wasn’t Park City swimming at all. This year we want to go in and believe we belong there."
But, based on the strong start to this season, Werner is confident that this year’s group of Miners can do special things.
"I was really surprised and pleased with where we finished [at the Region 10 meet]," he said. "We had some lifetime-best swims. I haven’t set any specific goals for the season yet, but I think there will be some state records we’ll look at breaking."
For full results from Saturday’s meet, please see the Scoreboard on B-5.