PROVO — For the third consecutive year, the Woods Cross girls’ swimming team finished in the top five in the state 4A competition, placing fourth behind Skyline, Mountain Crest and region foe Highland.
The team’s two-day score of 196 was 10 points better than Olympus, which finished fifth.
Woods Cross’ relay team of Gabrielle Beard, Sabrina Nielsen, Alexis Ralph and Elizabeth Steagall got the Lady Wildcats off to a good start, finishing fifth and scoring 28 points for the team in the 200-yard medley relay, the first event of the championship.
As a whole, the Lady Wildcats performed well by placing in the top 10 in every event, including a first place finish by Ralph in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.73, an event she didn’t compete in at last year’s state competition.
Ralph also finished seventh in the 200 yard individual medley.
Beard finished second in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.70. It was her best individual finish in state competition this year.
Another top individual swimmer for the Lady Wildcats was Alexis Kearsley, who finished fifth in the 500 yard freestyle, eighth in the 200 yard freestyle.
The team of Ralph, Steagall, Marin Haupman and Megan Trost also gave Woods Cross a sixth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay event.
The boys’ team, which finished 10th last year, moved up to a fifth-place finish this season under first year coach Steve Doman, who also coaches the swim teams at Viewmont.
Thomas Sheridan finished second in the 100 yard backstroke and fourth in the 200 yard individual medley, Daniel Avery finished fifth in the 100 yard freestyle, and Mitchel Hawley placed sixth in the 100 yard butterfly and seventh in the 500 yard freestyle for Woods Cross in the individual events. In the team events, the Wildcats were fourth in the 400 yard freestyle relay, ninth in the 200 yard medley relay, fifth in the 200 yard freestyle relay and fourth in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
In 5A, the Viewmont girls’ team had the highest finish between Viewmont and Davis, placing sixth with a team total of 157.
The girls’ top relay finish was third in the 200 yard freestyle relay as Mariah Gassaway, McKenna Gassaway, Madi Ramos and Mikell Rapp finished with a time of 1:42.81, less than half a second slower than second place Brighton.
Mariah Gassaway earned top honors for Viewmont in the individual events, placing second in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.57. McKenna swam the same race and finished fourth with a time of 1:08.98.
For Viewmont, Daulton Swan had the highest individual finish, tying for fifth place with Lone Peak’s Kad Hunter in the 100-yard butterfly.
Brighton’s boys’ and girls’ teams finished with the state title in 5A. In 4A, Skyline won the girls’ title and Mountain Crest won the boys’ title, respectively.