The Cedar City boys and Murray girls successfully defended their crowns at Saturday's finals of the 3A state prep swimming championships at BYU, with Murray upping its title streak to five straight and Cedar to two.
The Redmen's title wasn't wrapped up until after the meet's final event - the boys' 400-meter freestyle relay. Cedar entered the last event with a one-point lead over eventual runner-up Logan - and the relay squads from the two teams battled head-to-head through the race.Cedar's foursome of Jason Prisbrey, Matt Moore, Mike Topham and Darin DeMille ended up winning the event - and clinching the Redmen's team title - with a time of 3 minutes, 21.73 seconds, while Logan was second at 3:23.27.
That gave Cedar a winning 267 point total, while Logan finished with 260. Murray, Mountain Crest and Tooele placed third through fifth with 218, 205 and 158 points, respectively.
Prisbrey, who added an individual win in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.77, was named the meet's outstanding male swimmer. In addition to his individual and shared relay victories Saturday, Prisbrey duplicated his two-win ways by winning the 200 free and aiding Cedar's triumphant 200 medley squad on Friday.
DeMille captured his own individual crown Saturday, with his winning mark of 54.61 in the 100 backstroke tying a 3A record.
Logan had a first-place finishe in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.14. One of the squad's members, Desmond Marks, also had an individual first by winning the 100 free with a time of 49.10.
Other boys winners included Judge's Matt Vacario (54.08 in the 100 fly) and Ogden's Matt Mickolash (1:03.53 in the 100 breaststroke). Mickolash's title came 25 years to the week that has uncle won the same event in the state meet.
Title No. 5 came by nearly a 100-point margin, as the Murray girls' team amassed 333.5 points to the 236 of runner-up Cedar City. Judge Memorial (226), West (201) and Tooele (194) rounded out the top five teams.
Surprising, Murray's latest title came courtesy of team depth and middle-of-the-pack finishes, as the Spartan girls claimed only one individual title. And that was a shared first as well, as Murray's Traci Linge and Ogden's Michelle Luthy tied in the 100 fly with identical times of 1;07.72.
Jeni Waterbury of Bountiful, who set a 3A mark in the 200 individual medley on Friday, won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.75. Waterbury was named as co-honoree with Bear River diver Danette Daniels as the outstanding female swimmers.
Judge won both of Saturday's relays (200 free - 1:47.06; 400 free - 3:52.66), with Ashley Smith swimming legs on both squad and adding an individual victory with a time of 5:15.13 in the 500 free.
Other individual winners in the girls events - West's Kristin Prier won a second freestyle sprint title in as many days with a 53:89 in the 100 free, while Tooele's Terisa Holt took the 100 back with a 1:07.12 mark.
Coach-of-the-year recognition went to Cedar's Dick Costin for the boys and Murray's Larry Swim for the girls.