The title defenses were on track during Friday' first-day finals of the 3A state high school swimming championships, but the Murray girls' team was posting a more substantial lead than its male counterpart from Cedar City.
Murray, the four-time defending 3A girls champion, took a sizable lead over second-place Judge Memorial, 136 points to Judge's 88. Cedar City , Tooele , and Bear River rounded out the top five in the girls' standings.Murray used team depth in posting its lead of 40-plus points, since no Spartan swimmer took an individual girls' title in the five finals Friday.
Cedar City's lead in the boys division was much more precarious - 109 points to Mountain Crest's 108 and Murray's 103. Logan and Box Elder trailed with 81 and 79 points, respectively.
Cedar's Jason Prisbrey won the 200 freestyle with a 1:46.59 and was part of the Redmen's winning of the 200 medley at 1:42.16. Meanwhile, Mountain Crest earned a pair of event titles - Chris DeYoung captured the 200 IM at 1:59.90, and Jesse Hodgkinson won the 50 free with a time of 22.65 seconds.
Bountiful's Jeni Waterbury sliced .45 seconds off the 3A record in the girls' 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.06.Tooele's Becka Vorwaller won the 200 free with a 2:06.80 mark and anchored Tooele's triumphing 200 medley squad, which finished at 2:02.22. And West's Kristin Prier won the 50 free at 24.81 seconds.
Bountiful's Nate Cook won the boys' diving with a 414.45 score, while Danette Daniels won the girls' competition with a 384.20.