Brighton extended its title-winning streaks with another pair of titles - both the boys and girls crowns - in Saturday's second-day finals of the 1991 UHSAA-First Security Bank 4A state swimming meet at the University of Utah.
The girls' championship marked 10 straight swimming titles for the Brighton girls, which is Utah's longest current winning streak of state championships. In fact, it is only one shy of the state's longest streak of same-sport consecutive titles, with Brighton having won 11 4A wrestling crowns from 1978 to 1988.The boys' championship was Brighton's second straight. The Bengal boys had won all the 4A swimming titles from 1983 to 1988, with Skyline interrupting the string with its crown-winning ways in 1989.
The Brighton girls finished with 380 team points, followed by Skyline (273), Orem (235.5), East (211) and Cottonwood (207.5).
In the boys' final standings, Brighton amassed 486 points, with Skyline (302), Highland (168), East (164) and Orem (146) rounding out the top five.
Skyline's Richard Barnes was named outstanding male swimmer, while Orem's Sheri Bridges earned meet honors as the outstanding female swimmer. Brighton's Russ Lauber was named boys' coach of the year, while Orem's Dan Miller earned similar recognition among the girls' coaches.
After triumphing in the 200 freestyle in Friday's first-day finals, Barnes came back to anchor the Eagles' first-place foursome in the 400 free relay with a team time of 3 minutes, 17.85 seconds and win the 500 free with a 4A record time of 4:41.08 - one of a half-dozen 4A records established Saturday.
In winning the girls' 100 backstroke with a 1:00.41, Bridges shaved off .5 seconds off the 4A record mark of 1:00.91 that she had set earlier in the qualifying preliminaries.
Other record-setting efforts during Saturday's finals - Cottonwood's Cherrill Haws swam to a 5:14.19 in the girls' 500 free, and Mountain View's Kirsten Sanders earned a 1:07.94 time in the girls' 100 breaststroke.
A new event added to the meets - the 200 freestyle relay - resulted in two new 4A records, with Skyline posting a 1:42.95 winning time in the girls' competition, and the Brighton boys claiming theirs with a 1:29.81 mark.
Besides Barnes, Skyline had a couple more individual winners - Nathan Krueger with a 54.38 time in the 100 backstroke, and Patrick Bergin with a 49.44 mark in the 100 free.
Brighton's two individual champions Saturday were Brian Keegan (1:00.80 in the 100 breast) and Travis Smith (54.92 in the 100 fly).
Other event champions in the girls' competition were Bingham's Amie Neilsen (59.36 in the 100 fly), Cottonwood's Stephanie Sorensen (55.48 in the 100 free) and the Brighton squad in the 400 free relay (3:42.76).