AMERICAN FORK With only one meet left before the Region 4 meet, the Lone Peak Knights defeated American Fork, Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork in both the girls and boys swim competitions on Wednesday.
"It was a great meet for us. We made progress," said Lone Peak coach Nikki Xanthos, who noted that she mixed up events for some of her swimmers, putting them in events in which they don't normally swim. Those swimmers will return to their normal events at the region competition.
"As a team we swam really well. There were no breakout incredible swims, but the new kids, especially, were swimming great," Xanthos said.
American Fork coach Kathy King also noted that she placed her swimmers into different events from their norm just to shake things up a little bit. She was also not surprised to see her team swim with a little fatigue after the holidays.
"We swam some off events because its interesting to change things up a little bit," she noted, but said the event gave her team a chance to see three of the other teams in the region. The other team, Lehi, is hosting both Lone Peak and American Fork next week just prior to the region meet at the Lehi Legacy Center.
Despite being in an event she hasn't swam in before, Lone Peak's Hanna Morgan came in second behind Pleasant Grove's Christie Bunnell in the 500-yard freestyle with a solid time of 5:37.76. Bunnell's was 5:37.70. Bunnell also won the girls 50-yard freestyle, finishing just ahead of American Fork's Abby Morrison.
Bunnell was the only girl not on an American Fork or Lone Peak team to steal an event, and she won both of her starts. Spanish Fork freshman Jesse Roberts, who was the only non-Caveman/Knight boy to place first, won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.21, well ahead of the second-place finisher from American Fork, Kyle Smith.
The glamour events of the 4 x 100-yard freestyle relays provided plenty of excitement, though in the end both the boys and girls favored teams won.
Lone Peak's Kimberly Welch and American Fork's Jamie Nebeker were neck and neck the entire way with Welch barely touching out her very good friend from American Fork. The Lone Peak team then stretched out the lead on their American Fork counterparts, and All-American Candice Smith couldn't make up the big lead on Lone Peak's Taryn Toolson, who touched first for the Knights.
In the earlier 200 freestyle, Welch also beat out Nebeker but found herself behind after the first split.
"I looked over and saw Jamie ahead of me," said the favored Lone Peak swimmer, who then turned on the afterburners and won that event.
Welch touched second behind Smith in the 100 backstroke, which is an off-event for both swimmers. Smith won the 200 individual medley ahead of Lone Peak's Kailin Tripp, and Toolson took gold in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.96.
American Fork's Nebeker finished first in the 100 butterfly with Tripp coming in just behind her. Both schools are working hard on their times to get good lanes at the state tournament for a dogfight against Skyline.For the boys, American Fork's McKay King ran over the competition in both of his individual events, taking the 200 yard individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly. He also anchored the Caveman 4 x 100 yard freestyle relay and came from a body length back against Lone Peak to win with a time of 3:31.06 to Lone Peak's 3:33.64.
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