Swim teams from all over Utah gathered at the Southern Utah University Natatorium this weekend for the Canyon View Invitational, and many Region 9 teams had strong showings.
Cedar took home top honors on the girls side, while the boys nabbed a second-place finish behind Highland.
With a score of 371.50 the Lady Reds finished more than 50 points ahead of second-place Highland (320.00) and bested four other 4A teams.
“They work hard and they’re good kids,” Cedar coach Richard Coston said of his crew. “They listen to their coaches, they try to improve every meet and they like the competition.”
The competition was fierce and the meet stayed tight for all of Saturday’s events as Cedar and Highland fought to distance themselves from the rest of the field.
“I’m really proud of our team, we’ve been doing really well this season,” said Cedar swimmer Kristen Gross. “Our team unity is the best it’s ever been and I’m excited to see how we do at state.”
Gross grabbed first-place finishes in both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle and helped her team win the 200 medley relay on Friday and the 200 freestyle relay on Saturday.
“It was a good time, a good race for the middle of the season,” Gross said after Cedar won the 200 freestyle relay on Saturday. “We made some good improvements.”
Dixie’s girls took third place with a score of 276 thanks to several top 5 finishes including second-place 200 medley relay and a solid outing from Alina Barnes who finished third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 50 free.
Desert Hills and Snow Canyon were the only other Region 9 girls teams to finish in the top 10, finishing sixth and ninth, respectively.
Cedar’s boys scored 286.00, enough for second place while Canyon View (201.00), Dixie (124.00) and Snow Canyon (85.00) also placed in the top 10.
Canyon View coach Kurt Brown lauded his 200 freestyle relay team for their continual improvements.
“We’ve got a good team and each time they’ve competed this year they’ve posted a new school record,” Brown said. “They set another today.”
The Falcons’ 1:31.14 was good enough for a first place finish in the event while the 400 free relay team grabbed second place with a time of 3:24.57.
Nathan Wallace and Alan Anderson helped Canyon View’s cause, taking first and second in the 100 freestyle and first and third in the 50 free. Canyon View’s Logan Florence was the top Region 9 finisher in the 200 freestyle, coming in second behind Highland’s Nick Pryor with a time of 1:53.95
Hosting 15 other schools and over 400 swimmers takes a large amount of effort and Brown was thankful for his team of volunteers who made the event such a success.
“It’s a lot of work,” Brown said. “But we have great parents who help. That’s the key. They’re all volunteers and they make all the difference.”