Butler Breaks State Record, Utah 5A Title Comes Down to 2 Points

The girls of Wasatch High School won a Utah class 5A state title by just two points while winning a single event. Meanwhile the Brighton High boys won their 5A title without taking a single event, rolling up multiple top-3 finishes along the way.

Full results

Girls Meet

In a meet with one state record and a few more close calls, Wasatch won a depth-fueled title on the back of a 200 free relay victory.

Wasatch’s team of senior Claire Kieffer (24.09), junior Addison Lay (25.21), junior Madi Christensen (25.28) and sophomore Trevi Ogilvie (23.88) combined to go 1:38.46, beating the field by a solid two and a half seconds. Kieffer added a runner-up finish in the 50 free and a third-place in the 100 free as the team’s top individual scorer.

Brighton senior Rachel Butler had the only state record of the meet, going 2:03.41 to win the 200 IM. The time topped her own 2:03.87 from last year and stands up as both the class 5A and overall state records. Butler also dominated the 500 free in 5:02.20.

Timpview came within two points of the team title, roaring through with their top-end swimmers. Timpview won five events including two relays. Junior Rachel Oyler was part of four of those titles. She led off the winning 400 free relay in 50.74, swam a 24.62 fly leg of the winning medley relay and won the 50 free (23.60) and 100 fly (56.49). That 50 free and the medley relay were just off state records – the 14-year-old 50 free mark is 23.25, and a 13-year-old medley relay record sits at 1:46.81. Timpview was 1:46.94 with the team of Akalia Bostock, Kate Hansen, Oyler and Katelyn Teng. All four swimmers were underclassmen and should return next year.

Oyler was already the state record-holder in the 100 free, but she gave that event up to clear the way for teammate Bostock. The junior Bostock won in 52.52.

Other event winners were Skyridge’s Tali Skabelund in the 200 free (1:54.24), Bountiful High’s Elliot Howe in the 100 back (55.58) and Cottonwood’s Emma Walker in the 100 breast (1:03.48).

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Wasatch – 254
  2. Timpview – 252
  3. Skyline – 212
  4. Cottonwood – 205
  5. Olympus – 186

Boys Meet

Despite not winning a single event, Brighton won a relatively comfortable Utah class 5A boys title by 17 points.

The meet was dominated by a trio of double individual winners. Cottonwood’s Blayze Kimball was chief among them, taking four total wins across the meet. Individually, the senior Kimball won the 200 IM (1:53.20) and 100 breast (57.78). He also swam a field-best 26.33 leg on the winning 200 medley relay and came off the breaststroke to anchor the 400 free relay in 47.09.

Springfield junior Cameron Green won three races, including both of his individual events. Green blew out the 200 free field in 1:43.37, then put up a tough late-meet double. Green led off the winning 200 free relay in 20.79, then came directly off that race to win the 100 back in 51.01. (In prelims, without the relay double, Green went 50.39, within half a second of his own state record.)

The other double winner was Olympus’s Alex Cromar. The junior went 21.57 to win a very tight 50 free over Skyline senior Kade Colarusso (21.59). Cromar’s 100 free title wasn’t much easier, coming in 47.25 over Cottonwood’s Colin Dailey and his 47.66.

Other event winners were Cottonwood’s Martin Anders in the 100 fly (51.96) and West High freshman Yan Dvoretskiy in the 500 free (4:46.36).

Brighton won the meet on high-end depth, with top-3 finishes in most events. Freshman Daniel Detjen and sophomore Sage Doyle took 2nd and 3rd in the 200 free, and Sean Farrenkopf, Detjen and Doyle went 2-3-4 in the 500. Tyler Quentin was third in the 200 IM and 100 back, Nick Thomson second in the 100 fly and the team’s 400 free relay was second overall.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Brighton – 310
  2. Cottonwood – 293
  3. Skyline – 239
  4. Olympus – 173
  5. Timpview – 151.5

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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