PROVO At the Region 7 swimming championships Saturday at the Provo Recreation Center, Timpview kept the girls title for the third year running and Springville blew its competition out of the water to get its first team region trophy in four years.
Springville dominated the boys side not by just winning nine of 11 events. The Red Devils also had two swimmers on the podium in all of the individual races except for one where a Springville swimmer still finished third. They also swept all three of the relays.
Winning with 403 points, Springville finished 170 points higher than second-place Tooele. Orem was third with 188 points.
In fact, the Red Devils' depth was so deep that in the 50-yard freestyle they finished in five of the six top spots. Springville also had several swimmers in the top 10 of the 100-, 200- and 500-yard free races, leaving no doubt as to which team would win.
It's not a surprise to Springville coach Aymee Hargett that it knocked off defending state champion Orem.
"We have had a lot of great swims," Hargett said of the Red Devils' season. "We've made a strong showing."
As wide as the margin of victory was for Springville, there were some close races, including the 100 free as .13 of a second separated the top three. Springville's Bryant Taylor finished seven-hundredths of second ahead of Orem's Paul Woodruff. The Red Devils' Eric Buzbee wound up in third.
"Towards the end, I knew I just had to keep going and push on," Taylor said.
"I would have been happy with whatever I got," Taylor added. "But I'm really happy with the win."
Taylor also added three other first-place ribbons as he won the 50 free as well as the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.
Other winners for the Red Devils included Tim Call (100 back), Calvin Clark (200 individual medley), Cody Fullmer (200 free) and Bronzson Woods (500 free).
The only events that Springville's boys didn't take was the 100-yard butterfly, won by Mountain View's Char Hafen won the 100-yard butterfly, and Tooele's Dustin Perkins won the 100-yard breast.
For Timpview, another region trophy is nice. The real goal, though, is a state championship for a team that took the title in 2006 and finished runner-up last year.
"We're excited about winning," said Timpview coach Brian Sorenson. "But we knew our goal was to get to state and compete. We want to give those other schools a run for their money."
Timpview ended up with 362 points, well enough ahead of Springville's 212. Tooele had a strong third-place showing with 194 points, with Orem just behind at 187.
The T-Bird swimmers ended up winning eight of the 11 events and placed second in the other three. Timpview's Kylie Harper was the only swimmer for the girls who won multiple individual events by taking both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.
"The breaststroke was my best time ever and the freestyle was close to one," Harper said.
Harper was also part of the winning 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Other winners for Timpview included McCall Blake (200 individual medley), Natalya Skabelund (50 fly) and Meagan Stone (100 back).
Tooele's Mary Burden won the 100-yard free by a two-second margin, and Orem's Kelsey Wells won both the 500 and 200-yard free to keep Timpview from a clean sweep.
Next up for the swimmers is the state championship at BYU on Feb. 1 and 2.