PROVO Rowland Hall senior Connor Barton and Logan senior Erin Pabst could've perhaps squeaked past their respective opponents en route to 3A Swimmer of the Meet honors Saturday evening.
But that's not how they wanted to go out. And it isn't how they went out.
Both Barton and Pabst turned in phenomenal races this weekend in what was their final prep swimming meet, and it translated into a Swimmer of the Meet trophy for each of them. Barton, a champion in the 200 free and 100 fly, put up big numbers in the fly to convincingly beat out Wasatch senior Jacob Schofield, 269 points to 245. On the other side, Pabst set a pair of 3A records in the 200 IM and 100 back to win comfortably over Park City's Samantha Case, 263-248.
"It's the culmination of swimming all four years," said Barton, who won the award for the first time. "It's been the perfect meet to go out on."
Pabst, who netted her third Swimmer of the Meet in a row, echoed the sentiment but pointed out she was most pleased to reach her season-long goals, which were to set 3A records in her individual events.
Done and done.
"It's an honor," said Pabst. "I enjoy having that recognition, but as the years have progressed, I've been focusing more on my times and not necessarily (on) winning Swimmer of the Meet. But it's definitely an honor."
Following solid swims Friday, both swimmers left no doubt Saturday about who would be winning Swimmer of the Meet. Barton impressively racked up 139 power points en route to a win over Schofield in the 100 fly, while Pabst racked up 137 points in the 100 back near the end of the meet.Both will by plying their trades at the collegiate level next fall and winter. Pabst will swim at BYU, while Barton has inked with Colorado College.