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Nicholas Farrenkopf, Brighton

Nicholas Farrenkopf, Brighton, swimming

On a team literally brimming with stars, this senior freestyler has been working as hard as anyone, and the results have been awfully impressive.

Farrenkopf has dropped more than three seconds off his time in the 100 free to put himself in contention to qualify for state in the event — and possibly even score.

"It's been a whole attitude shift," Brighton coach Todd Etherington said of Farrenkopf's improvement from last year to this year. "Not that he didn't work hard last year — because I think that he did — but he's just decided that he wants to put everything that he has into being good."

Krissia Beatty, Desert Hills, swimming

This stellar junior sprinter has been one of Class 3A's elite swimmers over the past two-and-a-half years, and she simply continues to get better and better.

"It's great having Krissia on the team," said coach Danielle Caldwell. "She's a great leader. She's great for the girls. She's a very inspirational swimmer. She sets goals and is very driven to achieve them."

That drive was there was for all to see last weekend at the Canyon View Invite, where the Ms. Teen Utah second runner-up went a sizzling :55.21 in her leg of the 400 free relay to help the Thunder nearly track down heavily favored Lehi.