PCHS swimmers dominate region foes
November 10, 2015
Despite facing a few new schools on Friday afternoon at the Park City Aquatic Center, the UHSAA region realignment didn’t affect the Park City High School swim team at all.
The Miners dominated the event, winning all but one race as they swam to an easy victory over Tooele and Stansbury. Park City scored 1,398 points, besting Tooele’s second-place total of 1,095 and Stansbury’s 767 points.
Park City won nearly every event, something Coach Kelly O’Brien said wasn’t too much of a surprise given the team’s strong offseason training program.
"I think there was only one event we didn’t win — the [boys’] 50 [yard] free," she said. "And our 50 free swimmer is injured. I think we got third, fourth and seventh in that race."
O’Brien said the Miners have been beaten up with tough practices to start the season. That strategy is to help prepare the team for the later meets.
"We’re getting the work done now so we’re ready for the big meets later," she said. "We work really hard and don’t taper for the first three months. For them to be going this fast now is very exciting."
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O’Brien anticipates this year’s squad will be even faster than last year’s team that easily won the 3A title. She highlighted Lucas Hess as one of the swimmers who should crush their state-winning times from last year.
"Lucas swam great," she said. "He went the time he went at state last year. For him to be able to go at his state time now shows how hard he’s been working."
Hess won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard fly on Friday.
O’Brien highlighted the Selznick sisters — Mara and Rozie — on the girls’ side. Winners of several individual titles last year, the Selznicks got off to a fast start this year, as well.
"They both swam lights out for this time of year," O’Brien said.
Mara won the 100-yard fly and Rozie won the 100-yard free. Both also swam on first-place relay teams.
The Miners won’t swim against Stansbury or Tooele again until the Region 10 championships in late January. O’Brien said she expects the Miners to have more competition by that time.
"Some of the girls on the other teams stepped up," she said. "But we swam faster than I even expected, so I don’t want to talk too much about the rest of the competition. I expect them to get faster."
Park City now enters the portion of its schedule where it will square off against a slew of 4A and 5A schools. O’Brien said she still expects Park City to win against tougher competition.
"I think we’ve got the talent to even hang with the 5A kids," she said. "I look forward to that. I have no doubt we’ll continue to win. From what I saw on Friday, when I tested the limits to see what our kids could do, we’re in good shape."
The Miners return to the pool on Thursday against Viewmont and Skyline. Park City’s next home meet is scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Park City Aquatic Center.
PCHS Swimming Schedule
Nov. 12 — at Viewmont/Skyline
Nov. 18 — vs. Brighton/Highland
Dec. 4 — PCHS Swimvitational
Dec. 9 — Battle of the Sexes with Bingham
Dec. 15 — vs. Syracuse/Grantsville
Jan. 13 — vs. Corner Canyon/Logan
Jan. 22 — at Skyline
Jan. 30 — Region 10 Championships
Feb. 12-13 — 3A State Championships
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