PCHS swimmers prep for what’s next
December 19, 2014
Saturday was a busy day at the Park City Aquatic Center. The Park City High School swim team hosted its annual Swimvitational, featuring swimmers from 14 schools.
The Park City’s girls’ team cruised to an easy victory and the boys finished in a close second place in their competition. Overall, the Miners scored 890 points to win the combined title, with Viewmont finishing second with 644 points.
But, even after the impressive team victory, Park City Coach Mike Werner said it wasn’t the Miners’ best effort.
"It wasn’t quite what we were expecting," he said. "There were some good swims that were fast and we did some good things, but I was hoping for some faster times, to be honest."
The Miners’ problems went back to something Werner talked about earlier this season — wall work and turning.
"It was just a lot of little things," he said. "We had a hard time getting into the walls and getting off the walls. It wasn’t there. Some of our beginners did pretty well and hit those, but we were looking for everybody to swim fast."
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Even though the Miners won 15 events on Saturday, including several relay races, Werner said it was nowhere near Park City’s best performance.
"To be honest, it was kind of mixed," he said. "A lot of our new kids and kids that were getting used to things did pretty well and some of our upper-level kids were OK, but we have some work to do to get ready for the end of the season."
On Wednesday, the Miners went down to the valley to swim against Murray, where the girls again took first place and the boys finished second. Werner said that was a big positive heading into winter break.
"I think we were crisper on the finer points," he said. "Murray’s a great school and they’ve got a great boys’ team that’s pretty deep. And we swam people around and mixed things up a bit."
Now Park City has some time off before it returns to the pool on Jan. 5 ahead of a Jan. 7 meet. Werner said on Wednesday that he would extend the break by a day.
"We have a few more practices before the break," he said. "But we made a deal with the kids that if they got out there [at Murray on Wednesday] and had a good race and cheered loud, we’d give them a day off. They came pretty close, so we’ll see how practice goes [Thursday] and then get them a day off and a nice, long break to get rested before the serious stuff starts in January."
For the full results from Saturday’s Swimvitational, please see the Scoreboard section on page B-5.
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