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High school swimming: Lone Peak girls, Skyridge boys win 6A titles

Prior to Saturday night, there wasn’t a single entry in the UHSAA boys swimming state record book for Skyridge High School which opened its doors in 2016. Not anymore.

Skyridge’s boys swimming team showed off its depth with a fantastic performance at BYU to secure its first swimming state championship in school history in a convincing win ahead of two-time champ American Fork, 283 to 231.

“They’ve come together, they put the team first. I’ve been smiling all day,” said Skyridge coach Matt Cox.

For the girls, Lone Peak absolutely dominated the rest of the 6A field, racking up 434.5 team points on its way to a third-straight state championship. American Fork was a distant second with 234 team points.

Lone Peak won six of eight individual events and two of three relays on a night when 18 swimmers placed in the top eight of their respective events.

Junior Haylee Tiffany (100 freestyle and 200 freestyle) won two events for Lone Peak, as did fellow sophomore Taylor Bennett (200 individual medley and 500 free). The two also helped the Knights set knew 6A state records in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Loen Peak’s Ava Clegg (100 breaststroke) and Grace Wilson (100 butterfly) also swam themselves to a top podium finish.

“Really what’s made this team pretty amazing is their versatility. We’ve been able to have a lot of moving pieces so we could them events that was best suited for them but could work for the team. That’s what’s been the most impressive thing is these girls are willing to do that,” said Lone Peak coach Celeste Tiffany.

That included coach Tiffany opting to enter her daughter Haylee into the 100 free instead of the 500 free, which she won a state title in last year. All Haylee Tiffany did was go out and win the 6A state title and post the second-fastest time in the entire state this year.

“I think this is the perfect day. I got to be with my team and I’m really happy about that,” said Haylee Tiffany. “I think we all care so much about each other and our swims and we’re like a family. These are all my best friends and I’ll do anything for them.”

In a family with parents who swam in college and older brothers who’ve gone on to swim in college, Haylee Tiffany admits that she’s struggled with trying to live up with the expectations associated with the Tiffany name in the swimming community in Utah.

She’s become more comfortable in dealing with those expectations and it showed at the state meet as she was named the 6A swimmer of the meet.

“This year has been remarkable for her. Because she’s always had it in her, she’s always been a really good swimmer, but this year there was a shift in her mindset that ‘I know who I am, I know my skillset and now I have to execute me, and it doesn’t matter what my name is.’ It’s really been an incredible shift,” said coach Tiffany.

Even though Lone Peak dominated the podium on Saturday, it wasn’t the only school setting 6A record. West’s 200 medley relay team tied its own state record in the meet’s first race with a time of 1:50.00.

Pleasant Grove sophomore Sophie Scoville also set a new record — breaking her own record from the preliminaries the day before — as she posted a time of 24.01 in the 50 freestyle.

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Pleasant Grove’s Sophie Scoville celebrates her 50 freestyle win at the 6A state swimming state championships at BYU in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 18 2023.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

“I’ve been wanting to win since last year ‘cause I took third, so I’ve just had the fuel all year to get me to here,” said Scoville “It feels amazing, I’m super proud of all the work I’ve put in so far.”

Skyridge’s Dani Cannon was the lone other individual winner in the girls meet as she won the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.96.

Skyridge’s boys only had one individual winner as well, but it won two of three relays and placed 10 swimmers on the podium en route to the title.

“The effort that each one of them put in, not just on their own but in supporting and bringing the rest along. Anytime somebody had a race all year round they had three teammates there to encourage them and get back in practice,” said coach Cox.

Skyridge’s one individual winner was Nate Moir in the 100 breaststroke as he finished first ahead of teammate Wade Ogden. The two swimmers turned around shortly after and teamed up with Sam Mortensen and Mason Hemmert as Skyridge wrapped up the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

“I’m on top of the world man. I couldn’t be happier, it’s been an incredible meet this whole weekend has been just amazing,” said Moir.

The two marquee swimmer in 6A lived up to their reputation as American Fork’s Jes Day (200 individual medley and 500 free) and Davis’ Sam Carlson (50 and 100 free) both won two events. Carlson also anchored Davis’ winning 200 freestyle relay team.

Carlson finished the season with a perfect record in his individual races.

“It feels pretty good. There have been some hard times where it’s been really close, but it feels really good,” said Carlson, who was named the 6A swimmer of the meet.

Carlson said he was really hoping to post a time under 21 seconds in the 50 free, but finished exactly at 21.00. He joked that the extra .01 seconds he must’ve been saving for the 100 free as he surprised himself with a sub-47 second time of 46.99.

“I’m pretty hyped about all my races,” he said.

The other three individual winners on Saturday were American Fork’s Chandler Eyre (200 free), Corner Canyon’s Karson Spencer (100 fly) and Westlake’s Brandyn Blackwood (100 back).

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West High women take the podium after winning a relay race at the 6A state swimming state championships at BYU in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 18 2023.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

6A girls state swim meet

At BYU

Final team scores

Lone Peak, 434.5American Fork, 234West, 189Skyridge, 185Pleasant Grove, 148.5Weber, 127Davis, 123Mountain Ridge, 120

200 medley relay

West (Caroline Cooper, Angela Roberts, Sadie Peach-Leung, Ofa Fa), 1:50.00Lone Peak, 1:50.30Skyridge, 1:51.92Pleasant Grove, 1:53.32American Fork, 1:53.47Mountain Ridge, 1:55.58Davis, 1:55.61Riverton, 1:58.06

200 freestyle

Haylee Tiffany, Lone Peak, 1:53.74Emme Brewer, Lone Peak, 1:57.09Chloe Rasband, Layton, 1:59.63Sophie Topham, Lone Peak, 2:01.25Paige Kelsey, American Fork, 2:02.51Isabella Robinson, Lone Peak, 2:03.62Lily Afualo, Corner Canyon, 2:03.77Ruby Winget, Corner Canyon, 2:04.68

200 individual medley

Taylor Bennett, Lone Peak, 2:08.16Grace Wilson, Lone Peak, 2:13.92Ava Clegg, Lone Peak, 2:14.59Caroline Cooper, West, 2:14.75Gennovah Hansen, Mountain Ridge, 2:15.11Eidann Anderson, American Fork, 2:15.53Teal Edholm, Farmington, 2:17.39Angela Roberts, West, 2:17.45

50 freestyle

Sophie Scoville, Pleasant Grove, 24.01Dani Cannon, Skyridge, 24.26Ofa Fa, West, 24.30Addie Harding, American Fork, 24.76Chalisse Rich, Mountain Ridge, 25.10Layla Walker, Weber, 25.24Dylan Egbert, Lone Peak, 25.51Hayley Bachman, Copper Hills, 25.58

100 butterfly

Grace Wilson, Lone Peak, 58.56Caroline Cooper, West, 59.00Lucy Haymond, Riverton, 1:00.26Chloe Rasband, Layton, 1:00.32Mehlissa Young, Kearns, 1:01.51Hallie Ehat, American Fork, 1:01.79Layla Walker, Weber, 1:02.97Faith Fox, Riverton, 1:03.58

100 freestyle

Haylee Tiffany, Lone Peak, 52.01Ofa Fa, West, 53.64Sophie Scoville, Pleasant Grove, 54.03Teal Edholm, Farmington, 55.04Gennovah Hansen, Mountain Ridge, 55.41Kennedy Bennett, Lone Peak, 55.69Shelby Clegg, American Fork, 55.87Hayley Bachman, Copper Hills, 56.99

500 freestyle

Taylor Bennett, Lone Peak, 5:12.55Emme Brewer, Lone Peak, 5:18.43Paige Kelsey, American Fork, 5:24.77Sophie Topham, Lone Peak, 5:31.36Lily Afualo, Corner Canyon, 5:31.82Waimea Barlow, Weber, 5:32.11Kara Moir, Skyridge, 5:33.04Allie Allen, Davis, 5:42.00

200 freestyle relay

Lone Peak (Haylee Tiffany, Emme Brewer, Kennedy Bennett, Taylor Bennett), 1:38.51Pleasant Grove, 1:44.28Mountain Ridge, 1:44.42American Fork, 1:44.94Skyridge, 1:45.10Westlake, 1:46.72Davis, 1:47.04Farmington, 1:47.34

100 backstroke

Dani Cannon, Skyridge, 57.96Lily Hyde, Pleasant Grove, 59.29Kaila Merrill, Davis, 59.45Addie Harding, American Fork, 59.61Kennedy Bennett, Lone Peak, 1:00.15Hallie Ehat, American Fork, 1:01.14Ruby Winget, Corner Canyon, 1:01.67Lucy Haymond, Riverton, 1:01.86

100 breaststroke

Ava Clegg, Lone Peak, 1:07.64Anya Clark, Skyridge, 1:07.78Angela Roberts, West, 1:07.89Aideann Anderson, American Fork, 1:08.14Chalisse Rich, Mountain Ridge, 1:08.48Dylan Egbert, Lone Peak, 1:12.04Shelby Clegg, American Fork, 1:12.51Alisha Thomas, Lone Peak, 1:13.25

400 freestyle relay

Lone Peak (Haylee Tiffany, Grace Wilson, Emme Brewer, Taylor Bennett), 3:33.29American Fork, 3:43.39West, 3:43.64Weber, 3:48.21Skyridge, 3:48.31Kearns, 3:49.30Corner Canyon, 3:50.00Davis, 3:53.25

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American Fork’s Jes Day celebrates his victory in the Men 500 Yard Freestyle at the 6A state swimming state championships at BYU in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 18 2023.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

6A boys state swim meet

At BYU

Final team scores

Skyridge, 283American Fork, 231Corner Canyon, 163Herriman, 147Lone Peak, 135Bingham, 125Syracuse, 118Mountain Ridge, 108

200 medley relay

Skyridge (Spencer Stowers, Nate Moir, Lincoln Burr, Mason Hemmert), 1:38.05Corner Canyon, 1:38.46Herriman, 1:38.05American Fork, 1:39.84Pleasant Grove, 1:40.77Riverton, 1:40.86Westlake, 1:40.94Hunter, 1:41.54

200 freestyle

Chandler Eyre, American Fork, 1:44.26Davis Miller, American Fork, 1:46.12Bryan Bunker, Kearns, 1:46.68Corbin Lawes, Hunter, 1:47.04Lincoln Hymas, Bingham, 1:49.09Garrett Barker, Davis, 1:49.95Graden Tennant, Bingham, 1:50.82Cole Ehat, American Fork, 1:50.91

200 individual medley

Jes Day, American Fork, 1:54.25Karson Spencer, Corner Canyon, 1:58.13Brandyn Blackwood, Westlake, 1:59.28Wade Ogden, Skyridge, 1:59.94Mason Draxler, Farmington, 2:01.90Koen Smith, Cyprus, 2:02.68Benjamin Eberly, Taylorsville, 2:03.08Connor Miller, Herriman, 2:05.14

50 freestyle

Sam Carlson, Davis, 21.00Sam Williams, Roy, 21.52Sawyer Portillo, Syracuse, 21.69Samuel Weller, Mountain Ridge, 21.87Carson Andrews, Herriman, 21.94Mason Hemmert, Skyridge, 22.06Ben Thorne, Syracuse, 22.33Ryan McNeill, Corner Canyon, 22.38

100 butterfly

Karson Spencer, Corner Canyon, 51.15Sawyer Portillo, Syracuse, 52.34Koen Smith, Cyprus, 53.67Matthew Crook, Herriman, 53.80Lincoln Burr, Skyridge, 54.03Nathaniel Harris, Pleasant Grove, 54.81Andrew Janzen, Riverton, 55.36Benjamin Parker, Fremont, 56.13

100 freestyle

Sam Carlson, Davis, 46.99Sam Williams, Roy, 47.58Mason Hemmert, Skyridge, 48.12Samuel Weller, Mountain Ridge, 48.74Neil Bennett, Bingham, 49.23Carson Andrews, Herriman, 49.28Ben Thorne, Syracuse, 49.69Spencer Stowers, Skyridge, 49.81

500 freestyle

Jes Day, American Fork, 4:43.30Nate Moir, Skyridge, 4:49.53Chandler Eyre, American Fork, 4:52.61Davy Hoyal, Lone Peak, 4:53.14Corbin Lawes, Hunter, 4:54.14Lincoln Hymas, Bingham, 4:54.31Bryan Bunker, Kearns, 4:54.43Jack Heney, Lone Peak, 5:03.90

200 freestyle relay

Davis (Sam Landheim, Dylan Grant, Tyler Bennett, Sam Carlson), 1:29.59Herriman, 1:29.73Syracuse, 1:29.94American Fork, 1:30.26Skyridge, 1:31.28Mountain Ridge, 1:31.51Lone Peak, 1:32.33Corner Canyon, 1:32.80

100 backstroke

Brandyn Blackwood, Westlake, 51.48Spencer Stowers, Skyridge, 51.89Davis Miller, American Fork, 51.95Ryan Milner, Pleasant Grove, 53.20Lincoln Burr, Skyridge, 53.84Huckleberry Burton, Mountain Ridge, 55.01Neil Bennett, Bingham, 55.76James Lillian, Corner Canyon, 57.57

100 breaststroke

Nate Moir, Skyridge, 59.57Wade Ogden, Skyridge, 59.70Mason Draxler, Farmington, 1:00.24Konnor Spencer, Corner Canyon, 1:00.91Andrew Janzen, Riverton, 1:01.59Connor Miller, Herriman, 1:02.63Benjamin Eberly, Taylorsville, 1:03.14Adam Morgan, Roy, 1:03.24

400 freestyle relay

Skyridge (Wade Ogden, Sam Mortensen, Nate Moir, Mason Hemmert), 3:15.98Bingham, 3:19.43American Fork, 3:21.50Lone Peak, 3:22.78Syracuse, 3:23.71Layton, 3:24.88Pleasant Grove, 3:26.37

6A mixed state swim meet

At BYU

50 freestyle

Jordan Barlow, Corner Canyon, 34.02Ave Cooke, Hunter, 44.92Bryce Armendariz, Corner Canyon, 1:11.71

100 freestyle

Jordan Barlow, Corner Canyon, 1:27.85Ave Cooke, Hunter, 1:52.25

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