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PCHS swimmers edge Brighton

This year’s Park City High School swim team, coming off both boys’ and girls’ state championships last season, continues to impress.

Swimming against Brighton, a tough 5A school, the Miners’ younger swimmers and seasoned veterans alike took a big step.

In winning the dual meet by a combined score of 352-219, the girls’ team earned a 205-81 win while the boys swam to a narrow 147-138 victory.

"We had some good races and it was nice to get up and race against Brighton," Park City coach Mike Werner said. "Their boys were the 5A champions last year. We stepped up and raced some of their big boys, which was really exciting to see."

In fact, winning a dual meet at all was something Werner was excited to see.

"In season, we’re not used to winning dual meets," he said. "I don’t remember the last time we’ve won a dual meet in-season."

The reason for that, Werner said, is Park City likes to schedule the best swim teams in the state as opponents, leading to opportunities for improvement and coaching.

"We try to treat every meet as a chance to get better," he said. "It doesn’t matter what the classification is, they’re used to swimming against bigger and better teams. [Regular season meets] are prep for everything else we’re doing."

If the early season is any indication, the Miners will win plenty more meets ahead of the postseason. Werner said it’s not anything any one swimmer is doing, but rather, the whole team has stepped up and continues to show vast improvement.

"I’d rather not mention just one person," he said. "We had several people who just came in and swam strong. We’ve had a hard week of training and wanted to get ready for this. Overall, everybody did really well. We had kids shaving five or six seconds off their best times from last week on two days’ practice."

Park City swam again on Friday (after this issue went to press) against Viewmont and Skyline, another two powerhouses on the Utah swimming scene. After Friday’s meet, though, Werner is looking forward to a less hectic schedule.

"That’s the hard part," he said. "I don’t [schedule three meets in one week] very often. I try to make sure I have four days of training a week and then one meet on the end of it. But the kids love the meets, so sometimes you have to do it. And when you get a chance to swim against the best, you’ve got to do it."

Even with a couple impressive performances to start the competition season, Werner is looking for more from the Miners. With more training days in the near future, he hopes to address a couple areas of concern.

"We’ve got to be better on the little things," he said. "Between the flags in the pool, we’re racing. But, in the little things like the turns and attacking the streamlines, we didn’t do too hot today. That’s something we’ve definitely got to focus on as we get into the meat of the season."

For full results from Wednesday’s meet against Brighton, please see the Scoreboard section on page B-5.