Lady Vikings edge Lone Peak to take home crown
PROVO – The Vikings made quite a splash at this year’s state swim meet.
Thanks to a strong finish, the girls’ team edged out Lone Peak by 10 points to take home the 5A state title. Mariah Gassaway also took home an individual state title in the 100 meter breaststroke.
“The girls were down 13 points with two events to go, but they would just not quit,” said coach Steve Doman. “This was an accumulation of all the hard work they’ve been doing since August. They knew they could do it all along.”
In addition, Doman was named 5A state coach of the year. The coaches themselves choose the award winner, and he said his victory came as a complete surprise.
“I don’t know how that happened,” said Doman. “There were so many other great choices, but the fact that it was voted on by my peers makes it even more special. They must think I’m doing a good job.”
What he’s most proud of, though, is the work his swimmers put into the event. Though Mariah Gassaway was the team’s only first place finisher, Kelley Burnham took second place in the 200 freestyle, Teammate Marah Smith also took second place in the 200 individual medley.
“That was an amazing swim,” said Doman.
Mariah and McKenna Gassaway shone brightest in the last few events, when the team had to make up that point gap. The 100 meter breaststroke was the second to last finish, and McKenna finished third to compliment her sister’s first place win.
McKenna was then part of the 400-meter relay team who swam in the 400 meter event. The girls came in third place, locking down the team’s victory.
“They were so scared,” said Doman. “They’d never won before, but they found a way to win.”
After that, the cheering started.
“It was so cool,” he said. “People were crying and going crazy. It was just such a long season. They’d put in so much work, and the whole thing finally came together.”
Unfortunately, the Viewmont boys didn’t have quite as bright a finish. Though they were first place with four events to go, they slipped down to finish in fourth place by a single point.
“They did a good job, but faltered at the end,” said Doman, who also coaches the boys’ team. “The goal for next year is to have a championship season for both the boys and girls teams.”
With the support of Viewmont High School and the community, he thinks the team can pull it off.”
“Everyone from the administration to the parents got into the program this year, and we came home with a trophy,” he said. “Now it’s time to get a couple of them.”