Region 9 swimmers place high on 1st day of state at BYU

Zoe Smith, Desert Hills, 50-Free, 3A State Swim Meet at BYU, Provo, Utah, Feb. 14, 2014 | Photo by Shane Marshall, for St. George News

PROVO — Ameila Draney, Lizz Dempsey, Connor Newman, Michael Pantelakis, Nathan Wallace and the Desert Hills medley relay team all will be bringing home gold medsls to southern Utah after their performances on the first day of the 3A State Swimming Championships at BYU Friday afternoon and evening.

Draney, from Desert Hills, won the 200-yard Individual Medley and set a new 3A record time with a mark of 2:08.31. She helped her Thunder girls  team place second after four events Friday. There are seven more events Saturday.

Dempsey, from Cedar High, took the gold in the speed event, the 50-yard Freestyle, notching a time of 24.93. The Cedar girls are in third place, nearly 100 points behind front runner Park City.

Newman, out of Snow Canyon High, rushed through the 200-yard Freestyle in a time of 1:48.32, good enough for gold there.

Pantelakis took the 200-yard IM at 1:58.92, reaching the top of the podium for the Dixie Flyers. His efforts helped Dixie into a third-place tie with Juan Diego.

Wallace, from Canyon View, sliced through the water in the 50-Free in a time of 21.93 for the gold. Park City leads the boys side as well, with Cedar in second.

The D-Hills Medley Relay team, consisting of Spencer Bleazard, Makai Smith, Austin Anderson and Zach Rowe, also won the gold.

The state meet continues with seven more events Saturday. Look for more results and a photo gallery here on

Meanwhile, photographer Shane Marshall was at Friday’s event and captured some great shots for us.

3A state swimming Friday’s Events @ BYU

Girls results

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Park City (Natalie McDonald, Joelle Hess, Mara Selznick, Becca Selznick) 1:50.11; 2. Desert Hills (Megan Draney, Madison Wawrzyniak, Tessa Trimble, Amelia Draney) 1:54.65; 3. Cedar City (Eliza Hafen, Hannah Blackwell, Lizz Dempsey, Kristen Gross) 1:57.44; 4. Dixie (Hart Baresco, Tina Crum, Kayla Greer, Ashlee McBride) 2:02.16; 5. Snow Canyon (Tiffany Farris, Erin Call, Sydney Zwick, Bryn Condie) 2:04.14; 6. Uintah (Kialynn Jones, Kambrea Harris, Natalie Buelte, Sage Bingham) 2:04.71; 7. Tooele (Aumanae Hitesman, Cassidy Evans, Katelin Hardy, Madison Royle) 2:09.07; 8. Stansbury (Becki Clonts, Kylee Herbert, Lydia Darrell, Montana VonHatten) 2:09.60

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Roslyn Selznick, Park City, 1:59.47; 2. Megan Draney, Desert Hills, 1:59.66; 3. Tiffany Farris, Snow Canyon, 2:00.53; 4. Kaylee LeBaron, Hurricane, 2:03.93; 5. Anna-Maria Kurttila, Richfield, 2:04.48; 6. Shelby Bulkley, Payson, 2:06.69; 7. Bailey Burke, Park City, 2:07.82; 8. Jess Espinoza, Juan Diego, 2:09.83

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Amelia Draney, Desert Hills, 2:08.31; 2. Joelle Hess, Park City, 2:11.87; 3. Megan Flake, Park City, 2:18.27; 4. Allie Watt, Pine View, 2:20.64; 5. Madison Wawrzyniak, Desert Hills, 2:22.59; 6. Tessa Trimble, Desert Hills, 2:26.49; 7. Katie Ivers, Park City, 2:27.95; 8. Madi McIntyre, Park City, 2:27.96

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Lizz Dempsey, Cedar City, 24.93; 2. Becca Selznick, Park City, 24.99; 3. Zoe Smith, Desert Hills, 25.28; 4. Kristen Gross, Cedar City, 25.32; 5. Natalie Buelte, Uintah, 25.38; 6. Kendall House, Park City, 25.76; 6. Lydia Harrell, Stansbury, 25.76; 8. Jess Espinoza, Juan Diego, 26.18

Boys results

200-yard Medley Relay: 1. Desert Hills (Spencer Bleazard, Makai Smith, Austin Anderson, Zach Rowe) 1:42.67; 2. Park City (Jinwon Bailar, Vincent Hess, Ryan Graves, Alex Yokubison) 1:43.18; 3. Dixie (Michael Pantelakis, Ashby Johnson, Ivan Cataluna, Luke Hager) 1:43.93; 4. Cedar City (Alex Knight, Nashton Bentley, Kollin Maxwell, Colby Clark) 1:44.93; 5. Juan Diego (Luke Opitz, Jordan Hendrickson, Casey Rose, Woodey, Greer) 1:45.37; 6. Uintah (Derek Anderson, Tyler Pace, Tyler Hermann, Josh Williams) 1:48.02; 7. Canyon View (Alan Anderson, Andreas Hendricks, Karter Brown, Nathan Wallace) 1:48.46; 8. Snow Canyon (Connor Newman, Jacob Atkinson, Alexander Karren, Mason Stevens) 1:50.34

200-yard Freestyle: 1. Connor Newman, Snow Canyon, 1:48.32; 2. Colby Clark, Cedar City, 1:49.03; 3. Garrett Hillman, Stansbury, 1:51.62; 4. Alex Yokubison, Park City, 1:56.06; 5. Connor Stolfa, Juan Diego, 1:56.09; 6. David Ferris, Park City, 1:56.10; 7. Vinnie Criscione, Park City, 1:56.20; 8. Luke Opitz, Juan Diego, 1:58.23

200-yard Individual Medley: 1. Michael Pantelakis, Dixie, 1:58.92; 2. Jinwon Bailar, Park City, 2:00.33; 3. Spencer Bleazard, Desert Hills, 2:05.96; 4. Kollin Maxwell, Cedar City, 2:08.62; 5. Ashby Johnson, Dixie, 2:09.91; 6. Jack McMullin, Park City, 2:11.78; 7. Alex Knight, Cedar City, 2:13.14; 8. Tanner Higley, Grantsville, 2:14.79

50-yard Freestyle: 1. Nathan Wallace, Canyon View, 21.93; 2. Vincent Hess, Park City, 22.67; 3. Casey Rose, Juan Diego, 22.74; 4. Woodey Greer, Juan Diego, 23.35; 5. Alan Anderson, Canyon View, 23.78; 6. Tyler Pace, Uintah, 23.88; 7. Karter Brown, Canyon View, 23.90; 8. Josh Williams, Uintah, 23.99

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  • Al February 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The coach of the hurricane swim team should be fired! How the … do they tell a teenagers to not miss practice get their points inorder to make state. Then the at last minute are put up to race against some one who hasn’t met the same requirements & is a better swimmer who then beats the other student who trained all the time to get to state. Then the winner goes to state & the other is children are devastated.
    Ed. ellipsis.

    • Swim Mom February 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Maybe you shouldn’t air your grievance in public before you understand the qualifications are needed to make it to state. I am sure the Coach would have been more than willing to explain why your daughter didn’t qualify. Also you don’t know if there were any extenuating circumstances for missed practices from other members.

      Some kids go to practice 4 times a week up to 9 if they swim club. Regardless what the attendance policy the coach establishes ONLY the TOP 24 girls in each event are allowed to participate at The State Championship Meet. TOP 24 are based solely on the times that each swimmer has achieved during the season. That is why some teams take 5 and other teams take 30. This year DHHS took 10 girls, PVHS took 6 girls, HHS took 6 girls, many other girls didn’t have qualifying times to go regardless how many times the attended practice, they could not be invited. Park City was able to take 27 girls. Park City had more girls with faster times.

      With that being said the bottom line is that your daughter is simply not fast enough.

  • l February 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    that was my daughter it was not fair to her at all. she went to all the practice too. It would of been the first time she got to swim at state.

  • swimswim February 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with swim mom. It doesn,t matter how often someone goes to swim practice, only the fastest swimmers in the state go to state. If your child has one of the fastest times in their event placing themselves in the top 24 in the state, then they go to state. Coaches don’t make those rules.

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