Desert Hills Sweeps Relays, Breaks Record In Dominant Utah 4A Showing

Desert Hills High School swept the boys relays and broke a Class 4A state record while winning both boys and girls titles in Utah high school swimming.

Full results

Girls Meet

Park City swept the free relays, but it was backstroker Caitlin Romprey and Desert Hills who won the 4A girls title.

The sophomore Romprey won a tight 100 back title, going 57.22 to Cedar City’s Elisa Price‘s 57.67. But Romprey’s backstroke dominance was on its best display in the 200 medley relay, where she led off in 26.91, well over a second faster than the other top contending relays, and three tenth’s faster than Price’s split for fifth-place Cedar City. Desert Hills won in 1:50.33, blowing out the rest of the field by nearly five seconds.

Park City went on a run right after the medley, though. Sophomore Helena Djunic won the 200 free (1:54.57) and senior Elise Beller the 200 IM (2:07.70). Both would go on to win second events, Djunic the 100 free (52.26) and Beller the 500 free (5:08.53). The two combined to bookend Park City’s winning 200 free (1:40.72) and 400 free (3:37.11) relays. Both went 24s on the shorter relay and 52s on the longer.

Other event winners were Orem High’s Leah Gale in the 50 free (24.53), Cedar City senior Price in the 100 fly (57.83) and Orem’s Addison Richards in the 100 breast (1:07.29).

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Desert Hills – 363.5
  2. Park City – 317
  3. Snow Canyon – 184
  4. Green Canyon – 144
  5. Orem – 138

Boys Meet

The Desert Hills boys broke state 4A records in all three relays this season en route to a runaway team title.

The 400 free relay was the only mark to go down at the state meet itself. Payton Plumb (47.24 leadoff), Gavin Crawford (48.68), Ashton Anderson (46.63) and Keegan Wawrzyniak (47.61) combined to go 3:10.16, breaking the same foursome’s state mark of 3:10.82 from last year. That team won the state title by more than six seconds.

Plumb, Wawrzyniak, Anderson and Christian Rettie broke the state medley relay record earlier in the season at 1:35.66. At State, the team of Plumb, Hyatt Iverson, Crawford and Rettie went 1:37.12 to win by almost a second. Meanwhile in the 200 free relay, Plumb, Rettie, Anderson and Wawrzyniak had broken the 4A state record with a 1:24.43 in January. The State team of Anderson, Iverson, Rettie and Wawrzyniak went 1:26.82 and also won the state title by a wide margin.

Desert Hills won three individual events to boot. Plumb, a junior, went 1:54.74 to blow out the 200 IM field by more than four seconds. One event later, Wawrzyniak (a senior) won the 50 free in 21.12, eking out the title by .05 over Sky View’s Jake Walters. Then after intermission, the junior Anderson went 46.72 to win the 100 free with Wawrzyniak (46.96) second.

The other state record fell to Walters in the 100 back. The senior was 49.49, taking down a ten-year-old 4A and overall state record of 49.87 set by Jake Taylor. Plumb was second in 50.15.

Sky View also got a pair of wins from junior Darwin Anderson. He went 1:42.84 to win the 200 free and 4:38.09 in the 500 free. Other individual winners were Hurricane High’s Ryan Bunn in the 100 fly (51.79) and Juan Diego Catholic’s Alexander Gustat in the 100 breast (1:00.04).

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Desert Hills – 320
  2. Cedar City – 202
  3. Sky View – 199
  4. Juan Diego – 165
  5. Spanish Fork – 157

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