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Provo • Seeding times sometimes make it easy to identify the favorite at a swimming meet. Skyline's Mckay Chamberlain, on the other hand, does not.
But the Eagles' senior was right when he said Saturday at the Class 4A state meet that his qualifying times didn't matter come race day. Chamberlain had only the seventh-best time in the 200-yard freestyle, but finished second behind Springville's Connor Anderson. And he also was only fifth-best in the 100 freestyle, if you go by the qualifying times, but Chamberlain touched the wall first for a state championship on Saturday.
"I think the 200 was much more competitive this year. I dropped six seconds off my best time in that," said Chamberlain, who also beat his old personal best in the 100 by two seconds. "I bring my A-game to state and my entry time was nowhere near what I could do."
After that win, he said Skyline would not only be shooting for victory in the 200 freestyle relay, but would be aiming for a state record.
That also happened as the Eagles' time of 1 minute, 26.61 seconds beat the old 4A mark of 1:27.37 that Skyline set only last year.
"I think we're going to win it," said Chamberlain midway through the events on Saturday. "We've got a real solid team."
Skyline indeed rolled to the team title in both boys and girls at the BYU pool in Provo. The Eagles took the boys' trophy with 321 points, outpacing Murray (208 points) and Kearns (204). The girls, meanwhile, grabbed first with 330 points to best runner-up Highland (275) and Wasatch (181).
The boys' efforts were also bolstered by the success of junior Adam Shelton, who won individual titles in the 50 free on Friday and the 100 backstroke an unusual double for combination state winners.
A more traditional double went the way of Springville's Anderson, who followed his 200-freestyle win on Friday with a 100-freestyle triumph on Saturday.
Skyline's girls' team title actually came without the aid of a first-place individual finish, although the Eagles did touch the wall first in the 200 freestyle relay.
It was second-place Highland that had two championships each from juniors Eva Gontrum and Zoe Phillips, who have more than a passing resemblance to each other.
"We do look alike, we're really close," said Phillips, who grabbed wins in the individual medley and the backstroke besting Maple Mountain freshman Makayla Cazier on each occasion. "I felt she was really good competition for me and I was trying to race her really well."
Phillips and Gontrum, who had wins in the 200- and 500-freestyle races, led the Rams to a win in the day's final event the 400 freestyle relay.
Chamberlain did have one more goal for the boys after Skyline won the 200 free relay: To set yet another 4A state record in the 400 freestyle relay to close the meet.
With Chamberlain racing through the pulls to the final strains of the William Tell Overture over the loudspeaker, the Skyline senior touched the wall for a new 4A state mark of 3:11.48.
"We got it," Chamberlain said. "I hate to close, especially when I'm anchoring. Even to a clock. It was crazy. I'm a senior. What a good way to finish it all up." Girls 4A Results
200-yd medley relay
1. Highland (1:52.58); 2. Skyline; 3. Sky View; 4. Wasatch; 5. Judge Memorial; 6. Springville
1. Eva Gontrum, Highland (1:55.93); 2. Meghan Rainier, East; 3. Danica Butler, Spanish Fork; 4. Anna Parkinson, Kearns; 5. India Phillips, Highland; 6. Ashley Pickford, Corner Canyon
200-yd individual medle
1. Zoe Phillips, Highland (2:06.61); 2. Makayla Cazier, Maple Mountain; 3. Madelyn Flower, Murray; 4. Bella White, Olympus; 5. Annika Israelsen, Sky View; 6. Madie Harley, Provo
1. Phebe James, Wasatch (23.98); 2. Claire Brooks, Skyline; 3. Nichole Mertz, Springville; 4. Abigail Stallard, Provo; 5. Shaylee Sorensen, Mountain Crest; 6. Aleah Griffin, Skyline
1. Anna Shum, Judge Memorial (1:01.22); 2. Annika Israelsen, Springville; 3. Gabrielle Beard, Woods Cross; 4. Rachel Finley, Wasatch; 5. Tyler Stephensen, Highland; 6. Marcela Vasquez, Judge Memorial
1. Phebe James, Wasatch (52.41); 2. Claire Brooks, Skyline; 3. Nichole Mertz, Springville; 4. Megan Brimhall, Sky View; 5. Abigail Stallard, Provo; 6. Aleah Griffin, Skyline
1. Eva Gontrum, Highland (5:12.03); 2. Meghan Rainier, East; 3. Danica Butler, Spanish Fork; 4. India Phillips, Highland; 5. Abigail Morris, Springville; 6. Ashley Pickford, Corner Canyon
200-yd freestyle relay
1. Skyline (1:40.24); 2. Highland; 3. Maple Mountain; 4. Woods Cross; 5. Mountain Crest; 6. Sky View
1. Zoe Phillips, Highland (57.17); 2. Makayla Cazier, Maple Mountain; 3. Ali Dibble, Skyline; 4. Sarah Fillerup, Skyline; 5. Kiki Karahalios, Skyline; 6. Megan Brimhall, Sky View
1. Madelyn Flower, Murray (1:06.41); 2. Tyler Stephenson, Highland; 3. Caroline Yannelli, Judge Memorial; 4. Rebecca White, Woods Cross; 5. Megan Prince, Skyline; 6. Bella White, Olympus
400-yd freestyle relay
1. Highland (3:39.57); 2. Skyline; 3. Wasatch; 4. Springville; 5. Judge Memorial; 6. Sky View
Final team standings
1. Skyline, 330; 2. Highland, 275; 3. Wasatch, 181; 4. Sky View, 179; 5. Judge Memorial, 158; 6. Springville, 153
Boys 4A Results
200-yd medley relay
1. Murray (1:37.90); 2. Skyline; 3. Woods Cross; 4. Mountain Crest; 5. Wasatch; 6. Kearns
1. Connor Anderson, Springville (1:42.24); 2. Mckay Chamberlain, Skyline; 3. Chad Patterson, Wasatch; 4. Jaron Nelson, Box Elder; 5. Stephen Western, Olympus; 6. Christopher McClain, Springville
200-yd individual medley
1. Mitchel Hawley, Woods Cross (1:56.50); 2. Carter Gratton, Murray; 3. Tony Puertas, Timpanogos; 4. Wyatt Graham, Salem Hills; 5. Mitchell Walker, Kearns; 6. Cole Jackman, Skyline
1. Adam Shelton, Skyline (21.15); 2. Josh Skabelund; 3. Patrick Nordstrom, Highland; 4. Tristan Spoerri, Kearns; 5. Landon Spring, Springville; 6. Cody Larsen, Murray
1. Mitchel Hawley, Woods Cross (52.03); 2. Chad Patterson, Wasatch; 3. Patrick Nordstrum, Highland; 4h. Mhitchell Walker, Kearns; 5. D.A. Steed, Skyline; 6. Jed Christeson, Orem
1. Mckay Chamberlain, Skyline (47.31); 2. Josh Skabelund, Timpview; 3. Jaron Nelson, Box Elder; 4. Walker Giles, Kearns; 5. Nicholas Hill, Roy; 6. Brock Hargett, Springville
1. Connor Anderson, Springville (4:40.78); 2. Christopher McClain, Springville; 3. Stephen Western, Olympus; 4. Nick Pryor, Highland; 5. Parker Gardner, Skyline; 6. Blake Goodsell, Olympus
200-yd freestyle relay
1. Skyline (1:26.61) (new 4A state record); 2. Woods Cross; 3. Springville; 4. Murray; 5. Wasatch; 6. Roy
1. Adam Shelton, Skyline (51.97); 2. Carter Gratton, Murray; 3. Adam Edwards, Mountain Crest; 4. Connor Morgan, Judge Memorial; 5. Walker Giles, Kearns; 6. Jacob Anderson, Springville
1. Cole Jackman, Skyline (59.60); 2. Kurt Healy, Murray; 3. Wyatt Graham, Salem Hills; 4. Cayden Corbett, Roy; 5. Nathan Van Buren, East; 6. Jake Stout, Bountiful
400-yd freestyle relay
1. Skyline (3:11.48) (new 4A state record); 2. Springville; 3. Kearns; 4. Murray; 5. Highland; 6. Sky View.
Final team standings: 1. Skyline, 321; 2. Murray, 208; 3. Kearns, 204; 4. Springville, 174.5; 5. Woods Cross, 142.5; 6. Mountain Crest, 124