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High school swimming: Ridgeline girls earn second straight 4A state crown

The girls of Ridgeline High walked in the building Saturday with a goal to defend their 2022 state championship.

Not only did the RiverHawks complete their goal, but they did so in a dominant fashion. Ridgeline had garnered 449 total team points while Cedar City, who finished second, had a total of 217.

It was a night of highlights for Ridgeline, one of which being a sweep of first, second and third in the girls 200-yard individual freestyle with Sarah Cook earning third, Laura Rigby in second and Navie Powell in first.

“We have a lot of depth this year, which is something our team hasn’t had in the past,” said Ridgeline coach Taryn McEuen, who also earned the Coach of the Year award.

“I feel like in the past we’ve had stand-out athletes but not as much depth, so this year we are really lucky to have so much depth. We worked really hard, we were really wanting to build speed in every category. I feel like 200 fits our repertoire really well.

“We can hold and sustain speed and it was awesome to see those girls go one, two and three. They all trained and worked hard, they love each other and push each other, so it was very exciting.”

One of the RiverHawks’ star athletes was the senior Powell. Powell earned first in the 200 individual freestyle, first in the 200 freestyle relay, first in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 100 individual backstroke.

“I was actually super excited!” said Powell. “I had a lot of races I could choose from, and I chose the 200 freestyle and I have two other girls who are really close to me. We’ve been able to push each other through practices and to meet our goals.

“To be able to race them and push ourselves through the race was really awesome. I have this goal written on my wall, my mirrors, in my room, it’s on my car, and that goal this year was to be an individual state champion.

“I’ve won relays before but I wanted to take my own individual race. To be able to work towards that and finally make it happen at the very end of my senior season was so cool and I’m so happy to be able to do that.”

Ridgeline had another fun moment getting to celebrate Sara Miranda. Miranda is an impressive swimmer who will be representing Costa Rica in the Paralympics.

Crimson Cliffs’ Josh Walker celebrates after winning the men’s 200-yard individual medley during the 4A high school state swim finals at the Stephen L. Richards Building in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023.

 

For the boys, Crimson Cliffs walked away with a state championship after falling to third in last year’s competition.

One major standout for the Mustangs was junior Josh Walker, who won both of his individual swims in the 200 medley and the 100 freestyle.

“It really was great. I worked really hard throughout the season in the mornings and afternoons. I put in the time, came here, and set it up well. I got into finals, swam my race and it worked out. It doesn’t always work out like that but I’m glad that it did,” said Walker.

Walker was the only swimmer for the boys team to earn a first-place finish, which proved to be monumental in the total team rankings and ultimately the state championship.

It was also a good night for Sky View’s Clayton Nye, who won first in the 200-medley relay, third in the 100 butterfly and first in the 100 breaststroke.

“It just feels really good,” said Nye.

“I worked so hard, and I didn’t let anything get me down. I just focused on my goal, and I achieved it. It was kind of a struggle for me freshman year, but I really put my head down, focused and was able to get to where I am now.”

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Ridgeline’s Navie Powell accepts her medal after winning the women’s 200-yard freestyle during the 4A high school state swim finals at the Stephen L. Richards Building in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023.

4A girls state swim meet

At BYU

Final team scores

Ridgeline, 449Cedar City, 217Crimson Cliffs, 210Desert Hills, 192Sky View, 191Mountain Crest, 167Logan, 157Green Canyon, 140

200 medley relay

Ridgeline (Mackenzie Hansen, Isabelle Christiansen, Ava Roberts, Brooklyn Bischoff), 1:54.89Desert Hills, 1:56.98Crimson Cliffs, 1:58.72Green Canyon, 2:00.42Cedar City, 2:00.45Mountain Crest, 2:00.71Logan, 2:05.25Sky View, DQ

200 freestyle

Navie Powell, Ridgeline, 2:00.39Laura Rigby, Ridgeline, 2:01.78Sarah Cook, Ridgeline, 2:02.27Addison Taylor, Cedar City, 2:02.51Kyah Bindrup, Mountain Crest, 2:05.52Aspen Simper, Cedar City, 2:05.67Ava Caliendo, Ridgeline, 2:07.30Olivia Price, Cedar City, 2:08.75

200 individual medley

Sarah Olsen, Sky View, 2:16.25Claire Daley, Crimson Cliffs, 2:18.59Emma Brown, Desert Hills, 2:19.27Mackenzie Hansen, Ridgeline, 2:19.47Rylie Corry, Green Canyon, 2:20.21Isabelle Christensen, Ridgeline, 2:24.12Allie Schwartz, Sky View, 2:24.43Shannon Hyer, Bear River, 2:26.98

50 freestyle

Sorina Rom, Pine View, 24.72Claire Daley, Crimson Cliffs, 25.86Brynley Nielsen, Green Canyon, 25.98Kate Walker, Crimson Cliffs, 26.16Kendra Warren, Ridgeline, 26.23Brooklyn Bischoff, Ridgeline, 26.31Sydney Selinger, Cedar City, 26.38Peyton Perry, Crimson Cliffs, 27.00

100 butterfly

Chesney Bonner, Desert Hills, 58.42Sarah Cook, Ridgeline, 59.71Rylie Corry, Green Canyon, 1:00.68Malacha Leonard, Logan, 1:01.49Kate Walker, Crimson Cliffs, 1:01.66Shannon Hyer, Bear River, 1:01.89Ava Roberts, Ridgeline, 1:04.13Kinzlee Taylor, Logan, 1:05.23

100 freestyle

Brynley Nielsen, Green Canyon, 56.67Dylan Romprey, Desert Hills, 56.27Ava Caliendo, Ridgeline, 56.85Brooklyn Bischoff, 58.03Keira Mannewitz, Sky View, 58.15Adalyn Jones, Ridgeline, 58.19Peyton Perry, Crimson Cliffs, 59.13Zoey Hunter, Mountain Crest, 59.34

500 freestyle

McKenzie Mugleston, Snow Canyon, 5:24.07Aspen Simper, Cedar City, 5:30.84Sarah Olsen, Cedar City, 5:31.56Malacha Leonard, Logan, 5:32.71Laura Rigby, Ridgeline, 5:33.57Addison Taylor, Cedar City, 5:36.34Madison Henry, Crimson Cliffs, 5:47.15Amber Lawyer, Sky View, 5:48.00

200 freestyle relay

Ridgeline (Navie Powell, Mackenzie Hansen, Sarah Cook, Laura Rigby), 1:41.75Sky View, 1:47.53Cedar City, 1:48.76Crimson Cliffs, 1:49.15Snow Canyon, 1:49.28Logan, 1:49.62Pine View, 1:50.11Dixie, 1:50.22

100 backstroke

Chesney Bonner, Desert Hills, 58.99Mackenzie Hansen, Ridgeline, 1:02.03Navie Powell, Ridgeline, 1:02.50Kyah Bindrup, Mountain Crest, 1:02.80Olivia Price, Cedar City, 1:03.19Sydney Selinger, Cedar City, 1:04.34Zoey Hunter, Mountain Crest, 1:04.46Molly Peterson, Logan, 1:05.18

100 breaststroke

Sorina Rom, Pine View, 1:06.01Isabelle Christensen, Ridgeline, 1:11.28Emma Brown, Desert Hills, 1:12.19Ava Roberts, Ridgeline, 1:12.53Allie Schwartz, Sky View, 1:13.38Abbie Nielsen, Mountain Crest, 1:14.81Kendra Warren, Ridgeline, 1:15.18McKenzie Mugleston, Snow Canyon, 1:16.01

400 freestyle relay

Ridgeline (Navie Powell, Laura Rigby, Ava Caliendo, Sarah Cook), 3:43.03Desert Hills, 3:50.12Crimson Cliffs, 3:55.17Cedar City, 3:55.71Mountain Crest, 4:00.79Snow Canyon, 4:00.91Logan, 4:03.97Sky View, 4:11.51

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Crimson Cliffs’ Josh Walker competes on his way to winning the men’s 200-yard individual medley during the 4A high school state swim finals at the Stephen L. Richards Building in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023.

4A boys state swim meet

At BYU

Final team scores

Crimson Cliffs, 355Cedar City, 343Desert Hills, 232.5Mountain Crest, 216Sky View, 209Dixie, 167Snow Canyon, 131Green Canyon, 128.5

200 medley relay

Sky View (Peter Gibbons, Clayton Nye, Ben Walters, Blake Reed), 1:41.75Crimson Cliffs, 1:42.25Cedar City, 1:42.84Desert Hills 1:42.86Green Canyon, 1:46.84Snow Canyon, 1:49.22Mountain Crest, 1:50.61Bear River, DQ

200 freestyle

David Leon-Moreno, Dixie, 1:48.20Andrew Sagers, Cedar City, 1:48.52Blake Reed, Sky View, 1:49.71Mackey Cook, Crimson Cliffs, 1:49.96Damon Ericksen, Dixie, 1:50.92Justin Grando, Cedar City, 1:51.53Soldier Shreeve, Mountain Crest, 1:52.51Kyler Kwant, Mountain Crest, 1:53.19

200 individual medley

Josh Walker, Crimson Cliffs, 1:56.02Andrew Carlile, Dixie, 1:56.70Troy Eggers, Desert Hills, 1:59.50Brayden Jarrett, Mountain Crest, 2:01.13Ashten Krans, Cedar City, 2:03.38Tanner Dodds, Cedar City, 2:04.33Derek Hall, Crimson Cliffs, 2:05.34Max Morley, Desert Hills, 2:06.17

50 freestyle

Peter Gibbons, Sky View, 22.45James Smith, Cedar City, 22.46Bronson Plumb, Crimson Cliffs, 22.67Emery Cook, Cedar City, 23.06Josh Miggin, Green Canyon, 23.09Tanner Losee, Snow Canyon, 23.48Tylan Murray, Cedar City, 23.52Jaden Hyer, Bear River, 24.08

100 butterfly

Andrew Sagers, Cedar City, 53.91Mackey Cook, Crimson Cliffs, 54.16Clayton Nye, Sky View, 54.75Kyle Lunt, Cedar City, 55.36Kade Bethers, Desert Hills, 55.39Solmun Pak, Desert Hills, 57.00Damon Ericksen, Dixie, 57.28Ivan Khimach, Green Canyon, 58.60

100 freestyle

Josh Walker, Crimson Cliffs, 48.13Luke Eubanks, Ridgeline, 49.03James Smith, Cedar City, 49.69Justin Granado, Cedar City, 50.79Soldier Shreeve, Mountain Crest, 51.04Bronson Plumb, Crimson Cliffs, 51.04Josh Miggin, Green Canyon, 51.06Blake Reed, Sky View, 51.16

500 freestyle

David Leon-Moreno, Dixie, 4:50.83Derek Hall, Crimson Cliffs, 4:56.37Tanner Dodds, Cedar City, 5:02.27Ben Walters, Sky View, 5:07.18Anthony Finger, Crimson Cliffs, 5:15.25Taylor Fox, Crimson Cliffs, 5:15.27Makoa Page, Snow Canyon, 5:16.76Charlie Lopez, Mountain Crest, 5:20.28

200 freestyle relay

Cedar City (Emery Cook, Justin Granado, James Smith, Andrew Sagers), 1:31.24Sky View, 1:31.68Mountain Crest, 1:33.60Desert Hills, 1:33.95Ridgeline, 1:34.45Crimson Cliffs, 1:34.71Dixie, 1:35.32Green Canyon, 1:37.15

100 backstroke

Andrew Carlile, Dixie, 51.56Brayden Jarrett, Mountain Crest, 53.34Solmun Pak, Desert Hills, 55.10Max Morley, Desert Hills, 56.78Kala Cabana, Crimson Cliffs, 58.49Peter Gibbons, Sky View, 58.70Caleb Judd, Crimson Cliffs, 59.03Hayden Swain-Schmit, Bear River, 1:00.04

100 breaststroke

Clayton Nye, Sky View, 1:02.35Luke Eubanks, Ridgeline, 1:02.47Ashten Krans, Cedar City, 1:02.76Hunter Iverson, Desert Hills, 1:03.12Troy Eggers, Desert Hills, 1:03.20Chase Kehoe, Crimson Cliffs, 1:03.47Tanner Losee, Snow Canyon, 1:05.39Emery Cook, Cedar City, 1:05.52

400 freestyle relay

Cedar City (Tanner Dodds, Justin Granado, James Smith, Andrew Sagers), 3:18.63Mountain Crest, 3:23.88Crimson Cliffs, 3:25.35Dixie, 3:27.63Ridgeline, 3:28.31Desert Hills, 3:28.93Snow Canyon, 3:33.92Bear River, 3:34.70

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