PROVO — Southern Utah had plenty of success at the 3A State Swim Meet, though it was Park City that dominated the boys and girls team scores Saturday at BYU’s Richards Swim Center.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” Tridents coach Dani Caldwell said. “We have had a very fast two days. Almost everyone that came lowered their times.”
Caldwell, who coaches the three-school team called the Tridents (Hurricane, Desert Hills and Pine View) said the event was exciting and well run.
Zoey Smith was one of the Tridents who swam well. She brought home the gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle and also captured three other medals in the two-day event. She also qualified for sectionals in the 50-free, setting a personal record. She shaved more than a second off of her PR by swimming the race in 24.16 seconds.
“I’ve had such an amazing time,” she said. “I felt pretty good coming in, especially in the 50-free. But I was pleasantly surprised with the other events. It’s been great.”
Cedar’s Colby Clark captured gold in the 500-freestyle event, an endurance race that featured 10 lengths.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Thunder freshman Bryant Karratti had the best time all year. But Karratti was beaten out at the last second in the third heat by Park City’s Vincent Hess. Karratti said he was still happy and enjoyed the experience at state.
“I’m not disappointed at all,” he said. “It’s been a great experience. I’m excited for the future.”
Canyon View’s Nathan Wallace was the fastest boys sprinter, winning the 50-free and the 100-free and earning state gold.
Dixie/Snow Canyon coach John Utley said the event was a huge success.
“Everyone has had a great time,” he said. “I was here as a swimmer and now as a coach and it’s such a thrill. Everyone is so supportive of each other and the times here are so fast. It’s bee great.”
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