Two of the state's longest current winning streaks of prep state championships are being put to the test this weekend, as five titles in three prep sports are contested across the state.
The Brighton girls swimming team boasts the longest current winning streak of state championships won, having claimed nine straight 4A swimming crowns from 1982 to 1990. The Bengal swimmers will be defending their titles at the 4A state swimming meet Friday and Saturday at the University of Utah.Meanwhile, the Delta wrestling team will be looking to add to the state's third-longest win streaks - six straight state titles - as the Rabbits take on all challengers at the 2A state wrestling meet, which concludes with finals matches on Friday at Southern Utah University.
Delta's string of six consecutive crowns is only eclipsed by the Mountain View girls cross-country squad, which won its seventh straight state championship last fall.
Delta has amassed 22 state championships in wrestling - the highest number of titles earned by one school in a single sport. Uintah is second, having captured 19 state trophies - also in wrestling.
Brighton's domination in girls swimming continued last year, as the Bengals finished 1-2 in five different events and first in one relay and second in another. That made for 450 team points, well beyond would-be challengers Skyline (296), East (199) and Orem (189).
The Brighton boys duplicated the championship effort, ending Skyline's one-year reign and returning the Bengals to the title-team stand where it had stood from 1983 to 1988. Kyle Lambson aided Brighton's run to the 1990 crown with a pair of individual-event wins, as the Bengals edged Skyline, 350 team points to 334.
The 4A meet begins 5:30 p.m. Friday today at the University of Utah, with four finals being contested. The remainder of the finals follow Saturday night.
The 3A state swimming meet follows next weekend, with the Friday-Saturday affair scheduled to return to the Richards Building pool at BYU.
Murray will be looking for its fifth straight girls 3A swimming title and sixth overall, with the Spartan squad using team depth to claim the 1990 crown. Last year, Murray finished first in only one event - the 200-yard medley relay - but still had enough top-six finishers to amass 204 team points and outdistance Cedar City (151) and Tooele (147).
In the boys meet, Cedar City will be defending its first-ever swimming title, as the Redmen swimmers last year had individual winners in Joe Hughes (50 free, 100 butterfly) and Jason Prisbrey (500 free) and a team win in the 400 freestyle relay. Cedar's 182-point performance beat Murray's 150 and Judge's 114.
4A, 3A wrestling
Alta was the third team to win the 4A title in as many years, as the Hawks earned the 1990 championship - their first wrestling crown - with 1721/2 points and three individual-weight champions. Finishing second and third were Brighton (128) and Taylorsville (1991/2).
After winning all but one 3A state titles from 1968 to 1980 and another four crowns during the 1980s, Uintah started off the 1990s with its 3A championship last year with 176 team points and four individual champions. Payson was second at 1371/2 and Mountain Crest third with 127 points.
The 3A and 4A meets, which are running concurrently against this year at Weber State University, begin with preliminary wrestle-offs starting Thursday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
The 2A wrestling meet also started Thursday, but the two-day event at SUU concludes with Friday's finals. With its domination of 2A wrestling only interrupted during a three-year non-title stretch between 1982 and 1984, the Rabbits have claimed six straight crowns, 15 in the last 18 years and 21 during the past three decades.
Last year, Delta's 2541/2 team points more than doubled the 1101/2 of second-place Juab and 1051/2 of third-place Morgan. The Rabbits emerged with champions in seven of the 13 individual weights.