Region 2 girls swimming

(Predicted order of finish)

1. SKYLINE: The 2007-08 swim season should yield another bountiful harvest in the form of a seventh consecutive 5A title for the Eagles. Skyline's girls team might be young, but it's full of talent. Sophomores Nikki Hansen and Angela Bennion, as well as freshmen Alexsa Savage and Sydni Johanson should all medal individually. Several of them, Bennion, Savage and Hansen particularly, will likely push for first-place finishes. At the top, senior Marnie Knoop (100-yard fly) will provide leadership, alongside fellow senior Rachel Mosier (100 breast) and junior Lisa Pazzi (distance). 2007 STATE MEET: 1st place.

2. BRIGHTON: The Bengals have a number of outstanding seniors, and they seem to be complimented by several talented youngsters. It all starts with seniors Ali Siggard (200 free and 500 free) and Sierra Phillips (100 breast and 200 IM), who should both contend for individual titles. Behind them, expect a lot from Lauryn Roth, Kelly Taylor, Brooke Longuevan, Amanda Barrett and Niki Harris. 2007 STATE MEET: 2nd place.

3. ALTA: They might not be the talk of Class 5A just because of the number of talented teams ahead of them, but the Hawks could make some serious noise at next February's 5A meet. Senior Kaysie Owens has a real chance to medal in the 50 free, and she should also earn lots of points in the 100 free. Versatile junior Mckenzie Masters will be a real asset for first-year coach Pat Thurman, and watch out for Michelle Madsen and Dominique Maack. 2007 STATE MEET: 7th place.

4. HILLCREST: Senior Minami Nakatsuka will anchor the Huskies, and there are a number of youngsters that seem ready to take center state. Nakatsuka has a chance to qualify for several different events at state. Watch out for freshman Amy Nelson, and Rebecca Rodriguez should make a difference for Hillcrest. 2007 STATE MEET: 19th place.

5. JORDAN: Senior Lou Canfield finished 18th in the 100 breast at last year's 5A meet, and she'll aim to be a qualifier in that event again this year. Also looking to qualify in the 100 breast will be Dixie McMillan, who's currently ranked 25th. Jordan's 200 medley relay team is currently ranked 18th in Class 5A. 2007 STATE MEET: 16th place.

6. TAYLORSVILLE: All season long the Warriors will aim to put swimmers in a position to qualify for state. To date, sophomore Natalie Jacobs (34th in the 100 fly) has shown promise in that regard. 2007 STATE MEET: 20th place.

Region 2 boys swimming

(Predicted order of finish)

1. SKYLINE: For the first time in years, there has been considerable talk around Class 5A that the Eagles are vulnerable. However, Skyline knocked off fellow 5A contender West Jordan in a dual meet last week, and it remains the odds-on favorite to hoist yet another state championship trophy in February. Seniors Kyle Kuhn and Graham Smith will help boost the squad, as well as sophomores Howie Burbidge and Matthew Swallow. Josh Tanner will be a huge point-winner at state, and Brian Coburn will add versatility once he gets healthy. 2007 STATE MEET: 1st place.

2. BRIGHTON: The Bengals have started out the season slowly, but like last year expect them to improve as the season progresses. To date, Brighton's strength has been in its distance swimmers. Junior Cody Reed will contend for a state title in the 200 free and 500 free. He's currently No. 1 in the 500, with teammate Robby Miner ranked second behind him. Isaac Marshall, Patrick Roth, Aaron Phillips and Jonathan Goebel should all net points in the 5A meet. 2007 STATE MEET: 3rd place.<

3. ALTA: Senior Josh Bergstrom has high rankings in a number of events, and he aims to finish in the Top 3 in whichever two events he winds up in. Fellow senior captains Danny Barber (100 breast) and Rob Squire should earn big points individually and in relays for the Hawks. Whether Alta can improve on its best ever school finish of 10th (2006) will depend largely on how youngsters emerge behind those three. So far, junior KJ Rasmussen, sophomore Austin Bailey and freshman Trevan Thomas have put themselves in a position to get to state. 2007 STATE MEET: 11th place.

4. JORDAN: A real highlight for Jordan so far has been its 200 free relay team, which is currently ranked 12th in 5A. That team is composed of Will Corry, Connor Sackett, Ian Bakker and Sal Zajac. Corry, Zajac and Bakker are currently within striking distance of qualifying individually for state. 2007 STATE MEET: 19th place.

5. TAYLORSVILLE: The Warriors must figure out a way to replace graduated senior Monte Buckley, who led the team last season. Junior Brad Forsyth is currently five places away from being in position to qualify for state. Like Jordan, the Warriors have a nice ranking in the 200 free relay. 2007 STATE MEET: 19th place.

6. HILLCREST: Gone is graduated star Kirk Erickson, who paced Hillcrest to a nice finish at region and state a season ago. In addition to him, the Huskies are working to replace other departed seniors. To date, seniors Brian Edwards and Matt Schneider harbor hopes for qualifying individually for state.

2007 STATE MEET: 17th place.