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August Miller, Deseret Morning News
Timpview's Meagan Stone wins the girls 100-yard backstroke at the Region 7 championships last week at the Provo Recreation Center.

Springville's boys and Timpview's girls had a strong showing in the Region 7 swim championships last weekend.

But the chances of either team dominating at the 4A championships Feb. 2 and 3 at BYU are slim.

That's not to say that either the Red Devils or the T-Birds don't have what it takes to grab trophies. Outside the region, though, there is plenty of competition statewide on both the girls and boys' side.

"This should get them a taste of a championship and what that feels like," said Timpview coach Brian Sorenson about the girls' motivation for state.

Timpview has to contend with the likes of East, Mountain Crest and Olympus. East — the 2007 champs — comes in holding the top times this season in four individual events and all three of the relays.

The T-Birds' Kylie Harper comes into state ranked No. 2 in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. She also provides depth for her team in the 100 freestyle where she has the 10th best time and is No. 12 in the 100 backstroke if she is entered into those events.

Luckily for Timpview in those two events where Harper does well, but not ranked at the top, the team is boosted by Meagan Stone in the 100 back where she has the No. 1 time this season by a three-second margin. Stone also is No. 2 in the 100 free.

Other automatic qualifiers for Timpview include McCall Blake (200 individual medley and 100 free), Caitlin MacKay (200 IM and 500 free) and Natalya Skabelund (100 butterfly).

State "is our goal this year," Blake said. "We have a good shot."

She added: "This year has been better than last year, and we want to keep on adding to it."

Timpview also has places in the three relay events where it will need to play catch-up against an East team ranked No.1 in all of the relays.

There are more than just T-Birds swimmers who could come out of Region 7 and do well. Tooele qualified two swimmers automatically including Mary Burden who won the 100 free and placed second in the 50 free. Erika Andrews will also represent the Buffaloes after finishing second in the 100 fly.

Tooele will also race in the 200 IM relay.

Orem's Kelsey Wells goes on to represent the Tigers in the 200 free and 500 free after winning both of those at region.

Christine Vaughan qualified for Springville in the 100 back and Nicki Rider moves on for Mountain View in the 100 breast. The Red Devils will also field a team in the 400 freestyle relay.

For Springville's boys, state gives them a chance to get a first team title since back-to-back 3A trophies in 1985-86.

It will be a four-way battle as the Red Devils' challengers include East, Mountain Crest and Snow Canyon.

Even if Springville doesn't have top-ranked swimmers in individual events — spots filled by Mountain Crest or Snow Canyon — it does have a deep roster that should have a few swimmers in each race.

Bryant Taylor comes into state looking good after winning the 50 and 100 free at region. Calvin Clark also has two events for sure as he won the 200 IM and finished second in the 100 fly.

Taylor said this season could have been a bust after Springville lost its home pool for a few weeks because of a boiler problem.

"It got to us," Taylor said. "The thought was, 'There goes a good year.' But we pushed out that mentality."

He added that it brought the team closer together as the swimmers had to depend on each other for rides to available pool time around the county.

"It worked out with carpooling," Taylor said.

Finishing off the list of automatic qualifiers for the Red Devils include Tim Call (50 free and 100 back), Cody Fullmer (100 back and 200 free), Jefferson McClain (500 free) and Bronzson Woods (500 free).

Tooele finished one-two in the 100 breast at region, allowing Dustin Perkins and Matt Ricci to move on automatically. Char Hafen of Mountain View booked his ticket with a win in the 100 fly at region.

Orem's Paul Woodruff gets two spots after finishing second last weekend in the 100 and 200 yard free. Provo has one entrant at least at state as Chace Harrison qualified in the 200 IM.

Springville is a threat in the relays at region with the No. 1 seed in the 200 free relay, and boasting No. 2 rankings in the 200 IM relay and the 400 freestyle relay.