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4A swimming: Multiple state records fall on Day 2

Published February 11, 2017 11:04 pm

4A swimming • Skyline captures team titles comfortably.
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Provo • Tall swimmers certainly enjoy certain advantage, like the fact that less strokes are necessary to traverse the length of a pool.

Don't say that to Olympus junior Bella White.

White, 5-feet, 2-inches tall, kicked off Day 2 of the Class 4A state swimming meet Saturday that included five new 4A state record times, a physical collapse by one of the new record-holders and two new team championships for the Skyline trophy case.



The Eagles cruised to easy team victories for both boys and girls. The Skyline boys had one event victory over the two-day meet — the 200-yard medley relay Friday — but still outscored second-place Timpview by 224.5 points.

Becca Goodson powered the girls' team to victory by competing on the victorious medley relay and picking up championships in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Goodson, a 6-foot sophomore, was the primary reason White didn't break through for an individual title last year. Goodson nipped the Titans' standout by two-tenths of a second in the butterfly.

But on Saturday, the butterfly belonged to White.

"For me, even though I'm small, I just work as hard as I can. I believe that I can still do it," said White, who beat Bountiful sophomore Bergen Braun down the final length to claim the state title. "I look for inspiration from the girls who are actually shorter — that really drives me because, even though I'm short, they're short and they still are fast."

White later became part of a state record-breaking 200 freestyle relay team when the Olympus four surpassed the existing 4A mark. But so did Timpview, which touched in 1 minute, 38.87 seconds to edge the Titans by 0.15 seconds.

Freshman Rachel Oyler anchored the Thunderbirds to victory in that race and set a record in the 100 freestyle when she beat Skyline's Aleah Griffin, the defending champ, by more than 2 seconds. Oyler finished in 51.69 seconds.

Kearns' Lily Plaudis also set a new standard in the 100 breaststroke. Plaudis, however, passed out after anchoring the Cougars' 400 freestyle relay one race later. Her win, like Oyler's, dethroned an existing champ when she beat to the wall 2016 champion Madelyn Flower of Murray.

Another state record came from Maple Mountain's Makayla Cazier in the 100 backstroke.

"When I touched the wall, I was just in disbelief for a minute. It was like, 'Is this really real life?' " Cazier said about her finish in 55.78.

In the boys' competition, Timpview garnered four event wins Saturday as both Josh Skabelund (100 freestyle) and Brigham Harrison (500 freestyle) followed victories Friday with one Saturday.

Olympus' Talmage Corey likewise claimed an individual double when he raced to a 100 backstroke win Saturday after Friday's victory in the individual medley by beating Murray's Jonah Black.

Black, however, also got one on the last day. He eased his way to an almost 3 second victory in the 100 butterfly.

"I think it was a great finish for my senior year," Black said. "I had done the preparation and it just paid off for all the work I've done." —

Top 3 finishers

Girls

Team scores • 1. Skyline, 288.5; 2. Timpview, 197; 3. Corner Canyon, 191; 4. Wasatch, 168; 5. Kearns, 160; 6. Olympus, 156; 7. Highland, 145; 8. Judge Memorial, 130; 9. Maple Mountain 102; 10. East, 101; 11. Woods Cross, 96; 12. Orem, 78; 13. Springville, 77; 14. Bountiful, 65; 15. Murray, 55; 16. Box Elder, 52.5; 17. Cyprus, 43; 18. Hillcrest, 27; 19. Spanish Fork, 17; 20. Mountain View, 9; 21. Provo, 5; 22. Skyridge, 3

100 butterfly • 1. Bella White, Olympus, 57.78; 2. Bergen Braun, Bountiful, 58.96; 3. Nicole Strong, Olympus, 1:00.28

100 freestyle • 1. Rachel Oyler, Timpview, 51.69; 2. Aleah Griffin, Skyline, 53.76; 3. Claire Kieffer, Wasatch Academy, 54.52

500 freestyle • 1. Becca Goodson, Skyline, 5:15.77; 2. Akalia Bostock, Timpview, 5:16.43; 3. India Phillips, Highland, 5:24.45

200 freestyle relay • 1. Timpview, 1:38.87; 2. Olympus, 1:39.02; 3. Corner Canyon, 1:41.40

100 backstroke • 1. Makayla Cazier, Maple Mountain, 55.78; 2. Sarah Fillerup, Skyline, 58.59; 3. Rivers Johnson, Corner Canyon, 58.86

100 breaststroke • 1. Lily Plaudis, Kearns, 1:04.02; 2. Madelyn Flower, Murray, 1:05.75; 3. Abbi Morris, Springville, 1:07.20

400 freestyle relay • 1. Timpview, 3:38.45; 2. Skyline, 3:40.36; 3. Corner Canyon, 3:45.48

Boys

Team scores • 1. Skyline, 349.5; 2. Timpview, 225; 3. Springville, 200; 4. Olympus, 169; 5. Box Elder, 165; 6. Wasatch, 161; 7. Corner Canyon, 120.5; 8. Provo, 120; 9. Murray, 117; 10. Highland, 113; 11. East, 93; (tie) Cyprus, 93; 13. Kearns, 39; 14. Woods Cross, 37; 15. Uintah, 36; 16. Spanish Fork, 30.5; 17. Hillcrest, 26; 18. Orem, 22; 19. Mountain View, 16; 20. Skyridge, 12; 21. Alta, 8; 22. Salem Hills, 7; 23. Bonneville, 6.5; 24. Payson, 2

100 butterfly • 1. Jonah Black, Murray, 50.85; 2. Holden Knight, Highland, 53.55; 3. Calvin Giese, Wasatch Academy, 53.85

100 freestyle • 1. Josh Skabelund, Timpview, 47.00; 2. Kaden Staker, Provo, 47.39; 3. Ian James, Wasatch Academy, 47.42

500 freestyle • 1. Brigham Harrison, Timpview, 4:43.24; 2. Parker Gardner, Skyline, 4:49.15; 3. Addison Morris, Woods Cross, 4:52.77

200 freestyle relay • 1. Timpview, 1:27.58; 2. Springville, 1:29.24; 3. Skyline, 1:29.41

100 backstroke • 1. Talmage Corey, Olympus, 52.30; 2. Jonah Black, Murray, 52.92; 3. Jacob Anderson, 53.87

100 breaststroke • 1. Eric Anderson, Box Elder, 1:00.48; 2. Nathan Van Buren, East, 1:00.61; 3. Isaac Miller, Skyline, 1:01.67

400 freestyle relay • 1. Timpview, 3:11.21; 2. Skyline, 3:17.20; 3. Olympus, 3:17.49

 

 

 

 

 

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