During the next week, swim pools around the state will be echoing with the cheers and tears of Top of Utah high school swimmers as they battle for state qualifications and region titles at a handful of championship meets.
With Viewmont tucked into a Salt Lake region this year, the Region 1 forecast calls for a Weber High surge for both the boys and girls titles. They'll be led by top performers Elizabeth Tomon, Erin Nordhill, Brighton West, Rachel De Young, Mary Williams, and Rachel Wilding for the girls; and Chandler Ward, Tim Romney, Shea Smith, Drake Mendelson, Tim Romney, John Brasher, Josh Nguyen, and Jon Vu for the boys.
The Davis boys will be battling them for the title behind the efforts of Sam Bryson, Parker Simonsen, Zach Santella, and brothers, Ben and Jesse Halls.
The Layton and Davis girls will also try to rain on Weber's parade with Madison Ramos, Haley Bushman, Anna Salazar, and Mallory Mills swimming the top times for Layton, and Amanda Belliston, Baylee Jensen, Bailey Bunch leading the Davis team.
Individuals to watch are Kyle Mollinet and Cory Jensen of Layton, Amanda Stokes, Madalyn Allred, Greg Mayer, Tyler Van Tress, Carson Crezee, Parker Weicks from Fremont, Tason Armistead from Northridge, and Mindy DeWaal, Amanda Embry, Natalie Peacock, Chelsea Fieschel, and Jeff Knighton from Syracuse.
The Region 1 championships are set for 10 a.m. on Jan 27, at the Layton Surf 'N Swim.
While Mountain Crest, Sky View and Logan continue to dominate this region, Box Elder, Roy and Bonneville have a few good swimmers in the fight.
Box Elder is hoping for a third-place showing behind the performances of Tiffany Jeppesen, Cassie Perkins, Ashley Burbank, Jessica Waite and Sarah Butts for the girls, with Chris Brown, Chauncey Harlow, Tyler Laws, and Alex Huntsman scoring top points for the boys.
Other swimmers in the region to watch for include Roy's Sophie Overbeck, Cristian Corbett, Nathan Johnson and Bonneville's Kade Hall.
The Region 5 championships begin at 3:30 on Friday at Mountain Crest High School.
Woods Cross looks like the team to beat, with the girls defending last year's state 4-A title with many returning swimmers, and the boys opening up wide leads on their competition in the individual events. Newcomer Clearfield will hope to qualify a few swimmers for state, but will have to overcome some tough Bountiful swimmers as well.
The Region 6 meet will take place at 10 a.m. Saturdat at the South Davis Recreation Center.
Ogden boys and girls teams are hoping to topple a strong Tooele team, especially on the girls side with some strong performances from sophomore Jodi Pham, who is ranked close to the top in almost every event, Cheyanne Cobbs, and Gretchen Gochnour.
For the boys, Tigers Skyler Child, Josh Greiner, Colton VanWagenen, Brady Wahlstrom, Peter Eck, and Michael Sweeten all have times ranked in the top 50 in the state.
Other swimmers to watch in that region include Bear River's Meagan Ballard, Ashton Roundy, Camille Ballard, and Jacob Kerby, and Ben Lomond's Maleena Miller, Isaac Gonzales, Ty Fejerany, and Isaac Gonzales. The Region 11 championships begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Tooele High School.