It looks to be a race for second place in 4A swimming with Skyline well ahead of the pack. The Eagles are a former power in 5A and have not missed a beat this year, which was their first competing in 4A.
BYU-bound senior Natalie Bennion headlines a very deep and talented girl's team from Skyline, including fellow sprinter Lindsey Elliot and sophomore Lillian Moore. Moore "can swim anything" according to Skyline head coach Joe Pereira, but she excels at the 100-yard breast stroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
Dominique Hansen, Dani Zebelan and Audrey Miller are just a few more athletes that help push Skyline over the top in the terms of depth.
Mountain Crest's Hailey Pabst has a good chance to stand on top of the podium in every single event at the state meet. Pabst was last season's winner in the 500-yard freestyle and this season has posted the top time in the state in seven of the eight events. "She's driven, works hard, and has the right body for swimming," said Mountain Crest coach Yolanda Bates.
Ashlee Spindler is another impressive swimmer for the Mustangs but Bates just doesn't think Mountain Crest has the depth needed to topple Skyline. Second place is far from a guarantee as well with Murray, Springville and Woods Cross in the mix.
The Mountain Crest boys are looking to earn their third straight state title and it might just be possible with William Watts returning from last year's team.
"William is a leader," said Bates, "He has the same work ethic as Hailey (Pabst)."
Bates added that she has high expectations for up-and-coming sophomore Porter Roe.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Skyline's boys look to be every bit as talented and deep as their female counterparts.
Travis Norseth, Scott Sorensen, and James Sorensen all look to be in position to earn a lot of points for the Eagles. Norseth is an all-purpose swimmer who is the favorite to win the 100-yard fly and the 200-yard individual medley.
Norseth has committed to play golf for BYU while Scott Sorensen will be swimming for the Cougars.
Olympus' Shawn Western is another athlete in the hunt for multiple individual titles. Olympus coach Brad Goffe is quick to credit Western for his great work ethic, both in the water and in the classroom.
Western is a threat to win the 100-yard free, 200-yard free, 500-yard free (in which he is the defending state champion), 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
The state meet begins this Friday at 4 p.m. at BYU.