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Swimmer Brock Harries of Brighton is Week 19 player of the week

Week 19 in Preps Utah player of the week voting turned into a landslide after remaining close early on, as Brighton High swimming champion Brock Harries pulled away to win the award for the week of Feb. 23, 2015. With more than 750 total votes cast at PrepsUtah.com, 60 percent of them went to Harries as he claimed victory over four other state swimming champions.

Brighton's Brock Harries celebrates his state championship. (Photo by Ari Davis)

Brighton’s Brock Harries celebrates his state championship. (Photo by Ari Davis)

Park City’s Jinwon Bailar finished second, capturing 25 percent of the vote, as Steven Okelberry of American Fork, Cottonwood’s Jonah Simon and Mitchel Hawley from Woods Cross split the remaining 15 percent of the tally.

Harries was the Class 5A state swimming individual champion in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The junior was also part of Brighton’s state title-winning 200 medley relay.

Each week, we select five new candidates for consideration by the followers of prep sports in the state of Utah as the Preps Utah athlete of the week. Readers vote online on our website at PrepsUtah.com and the winner is announced on Monday, when five new nominees are announced.

At the end of the school year, we will draw at random one of our female and one male weekly winner, and the two athletes whose names are selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Over the past two years, we have awarded $4,000 in scholarships to Utah high school student-athletes.

Next Week

Five of the state’s top girls’ basketball players are up for consideration this week, seeking readers’ votes as the Preps Utah player of the week. The candidates are Lindsey Johnson of Brighton, Lindsey Jensen of Sky View, Skyline’s Olivia Elliss, Harley Hansen from Fremont and Panguitch’s Darri Frandsen.

Vote now by scrolling down the right-hand side of the Preps Utah website to the poll at www.prepsutah.com. Voting ends at 9 a.m. Monday.

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