By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Ari Davis & Shane Marshall
Editor’s Note – The TOSH Top 30 is our countdown of the top 30 stories from the 2015-16 school sports year, beginning with No. 30 and counting down, one story a day, to No. 1. The 2015-2016 high school sports year was filled with big performances, both team and individual. The act of narrowing down our initial list of top stories for our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year to just 30 was a difficult task. We asked people all over the state for input into our final list and beginning June 22, we are counting them down in reverse, from story No. 30 to story No. 1. Hopefully your favorite story of the past school year made our list.
No. 29 on our list is all about dominance in the swimming pool. Over the past few years, Class 4A and 3A swimming have been owned on both the boys and girls side by two programs – Skyline and Park City.
#29 – Park City and Skyline continue to own the pool
For Skyline, it really goes back to 2012, when the Eagles moved from Class 5A to 4A after finishing second in the state in both girls and boys swimming at the 2011 5A state championships. Other than a 2013 third-place finish by the boys team, it has been all Skyline in 4A swimming.
The key for Skyline swimming, both boys and girls, comes in its depth. The Eagle girls won their fifth straight state title this year by winning five state championships out of the 11 events, but there were top five finishes in every event, and min most cases, multiple top five finishers.
The girls team won both freestyle relays and three individual events, and since their individual event winners were young (sophomore Aleah Griffin took both the 50 and 100 freestyle, and freshman Becca Goodson touched first in the 100 butterfly) it seems there are likely more titles to come.
The boys team won its third consecutive 4A title, and its fourth in five years, with that same characteristic depth. Senior Adam Shelton won both the 50 free and the 100-yard butterfly and the Eagles won all three relays as they also held off Highland to take the team championship.
And in Class 3A…
The run of titles is not as long for Park City in Class 3A, but the Miners seem to be growing more dominant as the years go by. Both the boys and girls teams claimed consecutive title No. 3 at this year’s state meet, and both won by a comfortable margin over second-place Cedar City.
Talk about domination…the Park City boys and girls teams captured 17 of the 22 event titles in Class 3A as the Miners won all six relays overall. Park City has great senior leadership and outstanding talent among its younger swimmers as this has become one of the state’s most skilled programs in any sport.
Senior Jinwon Bailar finished off his extraordinary Park City swimming career with two more individual titles, in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Lucas Hess also earned the top spot on the podium in two individual events, the 100 fly and the 200 freestyle.In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Cole Peterson was the other individual champion for the Miners, who won seven events in total.
The Park City girls took the top spot in 8-of-11 events as they won those three relays and six individual races, paced by two championships each from sophomore Sienna Senn (200 and 500 freestyle) and junior Rozie Selznick (50 and 100 free). Senior Mara Selznick won the 100-yard backstroke and Joelle Hess captured the 100 breaststroke to cap off yet another championship year for the Miners.