August Miller, Deseret Morning News
Jordan Fletcher of West Jordan High School competes in the 100 yard Butterfly at the 5A swim championships last season in Provo at BYU.

GIRLS

(Predicted order of finish)

1. KEARNS: Though they will face some competition from Bingham and Hunter, the Cougars should win Region 3 for the third year in a row. For the first time in years, Kearns doesn't have any star swimmers. However, the Cougars do have a solid group of girls that will all score points at state. To date, junior Adelin Marsh has been leading the way. Expect fellow juniors Annika Bergesen and Alyssa Christensen to be huge contributors, and big things are expected from freshman Morgan Giles. 2007 STATE MEET: Third place.

2. BINGHAM: The Miners are actually sort of similar to Kearns. They have a pretty solid core of swimmers and have several girls that should do pretty well at state. Among them, sophomore Alyssa Kankamp and freshman Kate Westra have been stellar this season. Girls like Rachael Kankamp and Amanda Memmott should also score points at the 5A meet. Bingham's 400 free relay is ranked fourth and its 200 medley relay is sixth. 2007 STATE MEET: Ninth place.

3. HUNTER: Senior Lisha Broadhead and sophomore Kelli Coombs will pace Hunter this year. Broadhead is currently ranked 16th in the 100 back, while Coombs, a distance freestyler, is ranked 15th in the 500 free. Kori Coombs and Meranda Wood should also be important swimmers for the Wolverines. 2007 STATE MEET: 11th place.

4. COPPER HILLS: To date, perhaps the most positive aspect of Copper Hills' season has been the performance of its relays. To date, all three are ranked in spots that would get them to the state meet. Individually, senior Lani Hind should qualify in the 100 back, and the Grizzlies will hope to have others qualify behind her. Sarah Doyle and Haley Bryson have shown promise in that regard. 2007 STATE MEET: 12th place.

5. RIVERTON: Junior Kaylee Fuller is close to a qualifying time in the 100 fly and will be an important swimmer for the Silverwolves this season. Aside from her, keep an eye out for Abigale Griffiths and Desarae Steffensen. Riverton has a chance to qualify two — or possibly all three — of its relays. 2007 STATE MEET: 17th place.

6. WEST JORDAN: The big challenge for West Jordan in recent seasons has been trying to get enough bodies into the program, and that theme will likely continue this year. However, this team could make some noise at the region meet, as the Jags could finish as high as fourth. To do that, they would have to rely on their freestyle relay teams. Taylor Johnston and Jessica Margetts are key cogs in that regard, and each has a chance to qualify individually for state. 2007 STATE MEET: Did not place.

BOYS

(Predicted order of finish)

1. WEST JORDAN: Having secured the highest finish in school history (second place) at the 5A meet last year, the Jags are back for an encore. West Jordan will fight rival Bingham and Brighton for second place in 5A and has an outside chance of catching Skyline. There's no question that Jordan Fletcher, a four-time individual state champion, will lead the way. He's currently ranked first in five of the eight individual events and is a fairly big favorite to win 5A boys Swimmer of the Meet. Behind him is a solid cast of characters, including two guys — Jordan Spoerri and Josh Loomis — that could also win individually. Weston Anthon, Tim Pollock, Judd Player, Jake Chipman and Devon Terry are all capable of scoring points individually. West Jordan has three excellent relays. 2007 STATE MEET: Second place.

2. BINGHAM: Bingham has outstanding depth and will fight neck-and-neck with West Jordan at region and state. West Jordan has edged Bingham at the Region 3 championships the past two seasons, and the Miners will undoubtedly hope to change that this year. However, as much as these two schools want to beat each other at region, both have huge statewide considerations to think about. Accordingly, don't be surprised if they save the real battle against one another for state. Senior Jordan Westra has a chance to win a state title in the 100 breast, and Bingham has solid depth behind him. Some of the guys that will be produce at region and state are Geremy Koyle, Nate Horrocks, Chris Nestman, Brady Quinn, Cody Stewart and David King. 2007 STATE MEET: Fourth place.

3. KEARNS: The Huff family has produced a number of outstanding swimmers at Kearns High down the years, and that will be a big theme this year. Senior Adam Huff and sophomore Seth Huff have solid times in a number of events and will pace the Cougars individually and in relays. On a team full of water polo players, Michael Roper, Alvin Kang, Brady Tree and others should also be important contributors. 2007 STATE MEET: Fifth place.

4. HUNTER: Though the Wolverines will get buried behind West Jordan, Bingham and Kearns, the Wolverines actually have a pretty decent boys team. Senior Juan Aguilar is the leader. He has a great chance to medal in the 100 back and will attempt to push other swimmers behind him. Look out for Jake Harmon, Ephraim Bigham, Josh Olsen and sophomore Luke Baum. 2007 STATE MEET: Ninth place.

5. RIVERTON: It's highly likely that the Silverwolves will fight Copper Hills for fifth place. Copper Hills finished above Riverton at region last year. Seniors Riley McQuivey (100 breast) and Ryan Robbins (freestyle) should qualify for state individually and will lead the way. Aside from them, Riverton will attempt to get other guys, like sophomore Parker Overy, qualified. Riverton has an OK 400 free relay and 200 medley relay. 2007 STATE MEET: 18th place.

6. COPPER HILLS: To this point, junior Craig Hoffman has placed himself on the cusp of qualifying for state. He has pretty good times in the 100 back and 100 fly. Mitch Olson, Aaron Olsen and Christian Bloomquist should each play an important role for Copper Hills. The Grizzlies are currently ranked 13th in the 200 medley relay. 2007 STATE MEET: 13th place.