After a year away from its normal venue due to renovations, the state swimming championships will once again be contested at Brigham Young University this week. The 3A state swim meet is Thursday, while the preliminary rounds of the 6A, 5A and 4A championships will be held on Friday.
The 6A, 5A and 4A championships are all Saturday at BYU, beginning with 4A at 8 a.m., 5A at 1:15 p.m. and 6A at 6:30 p.m.
There are several local prep swimmers who could bring home hardware this weekend. Here’s a look at some names, events and teams to keep an eye on.
Layton’s Abigail Frazier has kept the top time in the women’s 50-yard freestyle for most of the season at 25.35 seconds, 0.17 seconds ahead of the next best time. Frazier won the 50 last year with a time of 25.37 seconds.
The podium in the 50 freestyle may have a Region 1 flavor to it this year. Clearfield’s Christina Gillespie (25.61), Syracuse’s Brylee Weaver (25.66) and Davis’ Lauryn Hall (25.69) have the third, fourth and fifth-best times, respectively, in 6A in the event.
In the women’s 100 butterfly, Syracuse’s Samantha Nelson is the only 6A swimmer who’s posted a time under one minute. She hit 59.7 at the Region 1 championships, which is the best 6A time by exactly one second. That’s another race that could have a lot of Region 1 swimmers take home medals, as four of the top five best times are from Region 1, including Weber’s Noelle Yorgason.
In the women’s 100 freestyle, Davis freshman Lauryn Hall has 6A’s top time at 54.74 seconds, followed by Syracuse’s Brylee Weaver at 55.81 seconds. Weaver is nearly a full second ahead of the third-best time. Ostensibly, this race could be won by a Davis County swimmer.
The top two times in the women’s 100 backstroke belong to LynDea Turner (Syracuse, 1:01.62) and Lindsey Cozad (Northridge, 1:02.03). The Weber High girls won the Region 1 title last month, but Lone Peak, American Fork and Kearns appear to be the favorites to win the state team title.
On the boys side, Weber swimmer Tyler Ridley has the top time in the 100 breast stroke, followed by Layton’s Trevor Ames.
Syracuse freshman Kanyon Page has a chance to medal in the 100 back stroke and the 200 free. Davis senior Tom Mi could also medal in the 200 free, 100 free and 500 free.
Davis’ Max Deller has a shot at winning the 50 free (he comes in with the third-best time and is just 0.33 seconds off the top time). The Darts won the boys Region 1 title, but Lone Peak appears to be the overwhelming favorite.
Bountiful sophomore Elliott Howe has by far the top 5A time in the women’s 100 back stroke, the second-best time in the 200 IM and the second-best time in the 50 freestyle. The Braves have a good shot at medaling in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Viewmont’s Gavin Willis could win a state title in the men’s 100 breast stroke. He has the second-fastest time in the event in 5A.
His Viking teammate Ethan Groethe could medal in the men’s 50 freestyle, as he has the fifth-best time in 5A, as well as the sixth-best time in the 100 freestyle.
Box Elder High won both the boys and girls Region 5 championship, but the Bees are going to have to pull of something special in every race as Brighton, Skyline and Cottonwood are all jostling for the state title.