HYRUM — With each passing year, it seems as though the Region 5 swimmers make a bigger splash in the pool at state.
Paced by Box Elder and the Cache Valley schools, the Top of Utah has fared quite well at the state 4-A championships.
This year should be no exception. Following last week’s Region 5, 6 and 11 swimming championships, the race for state titles will be a tight one.
Friday at Mountain Crest High’s pool in Hyrum, the host Mustangs swept the team titles, facing big pushes from Sky View and Box Elder.
On the girls side, the Mustangs edged the Bobcats, 322 to 274. Logan edged out Box Elder for third, followed by Bonneville and Roy.
On the boys side, Mountain Crest topped the field, with Box Elder a strong second. Sky View finished third, followed by Roy, Logan and Bonneville.
The top finishers will now set their sights on the state 4-A championships on Feb. 8-9 at BYU.
The Box Elder boys rode runner-up finishes in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle, and a third in the 400 freestyle relay to pile up big points.
Individually, Tyler Laws swam on both second-place relays and won the 50 freestyle and finished third in the 200 freestyle.
The Bees also got a pair of second-place swims from Nathan Hale in the 100 butterfly and Chauncey Harlow in the 500 freestyle, and a third from Thomas LeBaron in the 100 freestyle, with teammate David Collins fourth. The Bees’ Kevin Hendrickson was fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Roy was led by Cristian Corbett, who was third in the 50 freestyle, while teammate Kevin Carpenter was fourth in the 100 backstroke. The Royals also swam third in the 200 medley relay and fourth in the other relays.
Bonneville’s boys were paced by Kade Hall, who was second in the 100 breaststroke.
Mountain Crest’s Sean O’Very, William Watts and Porter Roe each won a pair of individual events.
On the girls side, Box Elder was second in the 200 medley relay, and third in he 200 freestyle. Jessica Weight swam second in the 100 backstroke, teammate Cassie Perkins was second in the 100 breaststrike, while Ashley Burbank was third in the 100 freestyle and Shannon Bennett was fourthin the 500 freestyle
Bonneville was led by Russelle Hansen.
Mountain Crest got double wins from Hailey Pabst and Ashlee Spindler, and individual wins from Kathryn Cook and Anya Burtis as well as two relay victories.
Logan’s Morgan Leishman won an event as did Annika Israelsen of Sky View.
While Highland, Cyprus, East and Woods Cross battled for supremacy in the Region 6 meet Saturday at South Davis Recreation Center, the Clearfield Falcons battled to qualify swimmers for the state.
Both Clearfield teams ended up sevenh. The girls were led by Marissa Park, Samantha Huthcinson and Lyna Garcia, with the 400 freestyle relay team swimming fourth.
The boys squad was led by Shane Rackham.
The Ogden High girls swam to a second-place finish at Saturday’s Region 11 championships in Tooele. The Bear River, Ben Lomond and Ogden boys battled to finish third-fourth-fifth overall. Host Tooele won both team titles in their home pool.
Ogden junior Jodi Pham enjoyed a solid region meeting, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:27:09, and helping the Tigers claim the 400 freestyle relay crown. She also swam second in the 500 freestyle. The Tigers were third in 200 freestyle relay.
Other top Ogden finishers included Marci Van Wagenen, who was third in the 200 individual medley, and Brighton West, who was third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Gretchen Gochnour was third in the 100 breaststroke.
Ben Lomond’s girls finished fifth, led by Maleena Miller, who was third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle. The Scots also finished third in the 200 medley relay.
The Bear River girls wered paced by Megan Ballard, who was a double winner in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle.
Teammate Missy Roundy was second in the 100 breaststroke Bear River was fourth in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
On the boys side, Bear River was led by Ryan Kerby, who was third in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, while Brantzen Wood was third in the 100 butterfly. Teammate Riley Parkinson swam third in the 100 backstroke, and the Bears also posted a third-place swim in the 400 freestyle relay.
Ben Lomond was led by Ty Ferejany, who was second overall in the 200 breaststroke, while Adam Heiner was third in the 100 freestyle. The Scots swam second in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Ogden was led by Chase Wahlstrom, who was fourth in the 500 freestyle.
The state 3-A championships are set for Feb. 8-9 as well at BYU.
The Region 1 meet will be staged on Wednesday at Layton’s Surf ’N Swim. Weber, Davis and Layton boast the depth necessary to bring home the team titles, but Fremont, Northridge and Syracuse have individuals who could snag podium finishes and state berths.
The state 5-A championships are set for Feb. 7-8 at BYU.
The Region Diving Championships were held last Saturday at Park City’s Ecker Hill Middle School, with a pair of Bears earning impressive podium finishes.
Bear River’s Kayla Frett edged Pine View’s Kayla Frett (155.90 to 155.35) in the 3-A girls competition, with Bear River teammate Rebecca Green fifth overall.
Other individual winners were Keaton Quinn (Park City) in 3-A boys; Calvin Cook (Highland) in 4-A boys; and Nathan Makarewicz (West) in 5-A boys; Savanna Goudie (Murray) in 4-A girls) and Jane Maus (West) in 5-A girls.
The state diving championships will be held in conjunction with the state swimming championships at BYU.