ST. GEORGE – Cedar was the top local finisher in the 17-team Tri-Dent Invitational Swim Meet at the Washington Community Center on Saturday.
Behind a breakout showing by freshman Katelyn Gross and strong performances in the relays, the Redmen finished second behind a strong Skyline team.
The tournament, which started Friday and ended Saturday afternoon, combined the scores of the schools’ boys and girls to reach the team score.
Dixie took fifth, and Desert Hills and Snow Canyon also finished in the top 10.
Gross won two events over the weekend: the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard fly.
After helping the Redmen to a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, Gross went out and won the individual race.
Gross was in third after the first turn but passed Wasatch’s Rachel Finley on the next leg. Then it was between Gross and Pine View’s Allie Watt.
Watt led after the final turn by a full second. But Gross pulled ahead in the final 50 yards and ended up edging out Watt by .89 seconds.
In the fly, Gross again came from behind in the last 50 yards to win. This time, Gross trailed Dixie’s Kayla Greer at the turn. Once again, Gross ended up with a comfortable win, beating Greer by a full second.
Two other locals won individual events.
Canyon View’s Nathan Wallace had an excellent meet. He won both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
Snow Canyon’s Tiffany Farris won the women’s 500-yard freestyle. She led the whole way in that race. She steadily pulled away, adding to her lead in each leg. Farris ended up winning by nearly five seconds.
Cedar placed in the four of the six relays.
The Lady Reds started the meet, challenging Skyline and Wasatch in the 200-yard medley relay. The Cedar team, which included Gross, Kristen Gross, Brei McQuivey and Laney Schneider, were close to the lead going into the final leg, but they fell off the pace and finished in third.
The men’s medley team fared better. Alex Knight, Jedd Kjar, Felix Weingartner and Colby Clark competed for the Redmen.
Cedar led after the first leg, but Skyline gained the lead on the second leg and never relinquished it. Cedar ended up taking second place.
Katelyn Gross, Kristen Gross, Madeline Hanks and Katrina Price formed the Cedar team that took third in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay.
Cedar again took second on the men’s side. The team of Clark, Knight, Calvin Brown, and Tyler Rawlinson held off late challenges by Provo and Dixie.
“I’m proud of all the boys in the 400-yard free relay,” said Cedar coach Richard Coston. “They raced. You can have all the good swimmers in the world, but if they don’t enjoy racing, it’s hard.”