High school swimming: Skyline sweeps team titles on record-breaking night at 4A state meet
PROVO — At the start of the high school swim season, Skyline senior Lillian Moore set her sights on one goal in particular.
She wanted to swim the 100-yard butterfly faster than 54.86 seconds.
At the 4A state swim meet, completed at BYU Friday evening, she did just that, breaking an eight-year-old state record by touching the wall in 54.61 seconds in the first event of the day.
“I am just so excited,” she said afterward. “I have been working for that record all season and it feels good that all my hard work has finally paid off.”
She dropped her own qualifying time by 3.77 seconds, beat the second-place finisher by more than six seconds, and propelled the Skyline girls team to its third straight state title while solidifying herself as the 4A girls swimmer of the year.
"Every practice, this time is what I was working for. I knew exactly what I had to do and I just felt ready, like I could do it this meet,” Moore said. “I hit every wall — my walls were perfect — and I just have been working on my speed and endurance so I could get back in my back half and just really finish the race strong.”
To continue the record breaking, the Skyline girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sophie Brooks, Shelby Dibble, Claire Brooks and Audrey Miller set a new 4A record with a time of 1:39.10, edging out Wasatch, which also passed the previous record with a time of 1:39.34. And in the final event of the day, Miller, Dibble, Claire Brooks and Moore joined efforts in the 400-yard free relay, cutting more than 11 seconds from their qualifying time and setting another new 4A record (3:33.63).
“We had a meet against Highland in November and they touched us out in the relays,” Skyline coach Joe Pereira said. “Our whole thing was, ‘November’s not happening again.’ That was our motivation. Those Highland girls are really good and we knew that we just had to work extra hard to make that happen.”
Highland placed second in the 400 free relay, propelled by India Phillips, Tyler Stephenson, and twin sisters Eva Gontrum and Zoe Phillips.
“I just really love my teammates; they’re the thing that keeps me going,” said Gontrum, who won the 500-yard free in 5:09.50. “My twin sister, Zoe, we swim together and that’s what keeps me going.”
Gontrum won the 500-yard free in 5:09.50 and Zoe Phillips set another 4A record, swimming the 100-yard backstroke in 56.91.
In the boys competition, Springville junior Connor Anderson earned the 4A swimmer of the year, posting a first-place finish in the 500 free (4:39.33) on Saturday. He was also part of the 200 free relay team that placed fourth (1:30.10) and the 400 free relay team that placed second (3:15.22)
Skyline also earned the top spot in the boys competition with 304 points. Kearns placed second (264) and Springville was third.
“This year was tough; it was an uphill battle,” said Pereira. “I have two seniors who are captains and who wanted to win. I told them, 'We need more boys and you’ve really got to push.’ Duke Dunham and Steven Deng brought in 20 boys, all freshmen and sophomores, and they worked and worked. (Dunham and Deng) said they would teach them and they helped teach them, and we got over the top.”
The Skyline boys 200-yard free relay team of James Sorensen, D Steed, Adam Shelton and Mckay Chamberlain set a new 4A record of their own, touching the wall with a time of 1:27.37.