Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM
BOUNTIFUL — If everything goes to plan, Brigham Young University will complete renovations on its swimming complex by the time next year’s state swimming championships come around.
Most every high school swimmer loves to swim at the state meet at BYU because the loud atmosphere and the chance to swim at a big and revered college doesn’t happen often.
For now, the Utah High School Activities Association had to make do with the much-smaller South Davis Recreation Center.
The Maile sisters from Viewmont High didn’t mind too much: they relished the chance to wear gold medals and stand on the top podium at their home pool.
Viking junior Mariah Maile hauled in three gold medals, first in the 200-yard freestyle Friday, then Saturday afternoon in the 100 freestyle before the Vikings’ 200 freestyle relay team also took first.
This is the final leg of Viewmont's 200 free relay team, swam by MJ Maile. Earlier in the day Maile went 10th in the butterfly despite the 3rd best seed time pic.twitter.com/CpOitBw14W— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) February 11, 2018
Maile won the 100 in 51.6 seconds, beating Timpview’s Rachel Oyler by 0.16 seconds. The relay race was about a half-hour later.
“It’s awesome, especially the relays because this is our last race all together, they’re all seniors and I’m a junior,” Mariah Maile said.
Their 200 medley relay team finished second Friday. What made the 200 freestyle relay better for Maile was that her sister MJ swam the final 50 yards to wrap up the race.
Earlier Saturday, MJ finished dead last in the final heat and 10th overall in the 100 butterfly despite having the third-fastest seeding time.
“(The relay) made up for the whole day, but the 100 fly I just went out too fast and couldn’t really catch up in the end,” MJ Maile said.
MJ, a senior, said she was sad after the butterfly and had an asthma attack afterward as well. But there was plenty of time until the relay with 100 freestyle and the marathon 500 freestyle races in between.
In her state meet debut, Bountiful freshman Elliot Howe took second in the 100 backstroke behind decorated Brighton swimmer Rhyan White.
White swam the race in 53.55 seconds, just 0.10 off her Utah state record set two years ago and 4.08 seconds faster than Howe (57.63), who was 1.2 seconds ahead of third place.
Woods Cross’ Addison Morris and William Harris went 3-4 in the boys’ 200 individual medley, Harris finished third in the 500 freestyle, WX boys’ 200 freestyle relay team finished fifth and James Whitlock was fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Box Elder’s boys team finished sixth, helped by a fourth-place finish from Jared Laws in the 100 butterfly and a fifth place in the 400 freestyle relay. Viewmont’s Nickolas Keller took fifth in the boys’ 100 breaststroke.
5A swimming team scores
Girls: 1. Cottonwood 320, 2. Skyline 200, 3. Timpview 167, 9. Viewmont 134, 12. Bountiful 97, 13. Woods Cross
Boys: 1. Brighton 287, 2. Cottonwood 253.5, 3. Skyline 207, 6. Box Elder 134, 8. Woods Cross 126, 10 Viewmont 100
4A swimming championships
Bear River’s Alec Chournos had the best showing of area swimmers at the 4A swimming finals. He finished third in the 200-yard individual medley Friday and third in the 100 breaststroke Saturday.
The Bears finished 12th overall with 63 points. Desert Hills totaled 273 points to win the boys team championship, edging Mountain Crest’s 247 points in second place.
Park City won the girls team championship with 355 points and Sky View came in a distant second place with 257 points.
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