With many of the top swimming programs now competing in Class 5A, wins are even harder to come by.
Timpview sophomore Rachel Oyler won the Class 4A 50-yard freestyle sprint as a freshman in 2017 but this year faced West senior Fane Wolfgramm, who won the 5A title last year.
The race, as expected, was an intense all-out battle but when the times were posted, Oyler had edged Wolfgramm by 0.3 seconds.
“I wanted a personal record but it was good enough,” Oyler said of her time of 23.92 seconds. “This whole season was really hard for me mentally and physically but winning gives me confidence that I still have it.”
Oyler was the only local swimmer to earn a spot atop the podium on the first day of 5A competition.
Other superlative performances were put in by Provo senior Kaden Staker and Springville sophomore Cameron Green (second and third in the boys 200-yard freestyle), by Maple Mountain senior Makayla Cazier and Timpview sophomore Akalia Bostock (second and third in the girls 200-yard individual medley), by Wasatch senior Ian James (second in the boys 50-yard freestyle) and by Maple Mountain freshman Melody Cazier (third in the girls 200-yard freestyle).
The Thunderbird girls team sits in third place with Wasatch fourth and Maple Mountain fifth in the girls competition, while the Timpview boys are fifth.