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SOPH SETS 200-YARD FREESTYLE RECORD

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As the 4A state swimming and diving championships get under way today, Judge High School's girls and boys teams are narrowly in the lead. The girls have accumulated 132 points while the boys have 110 points.

Cyprus' boys are close behind with 103 points while Murray's boys are third with 101 points. Skyview's girls are second with 103 points and Woods Cross is third with 100 points.Sophomore Randy Belliston, Cyprus, made history Friday with his 200 yard freestyle swim. Belliston broke the nearly 20 year-old statewide record in the event with his time of 1:42.05. The previous record time of 1:42.22 was set in 1977 by Rick Morley, also of Cyprus. Belliston's time also qualifies him for Junior Nationals and give him the 4A state record.

In other events, teammate Eric Talbot won the 200 yard individual medley while Logan's Billy Betz won the 50 yard freestyle, barely touching out Timpview's Daron Janis. Cyprus won the 200 medley relay and Timpview's Aaron Russell took the state title in the 1 meter diving competition.

For the girls, Sky View's relay team kicked off the evening by winning the 200 yard medley relay. Then Katherine Gibbons, Sky View, won the 200 yard freestyle, narrowly beating Erin Blundell, Woods Cross. Jamie Anderson, Woods Cross, won the 200 yard individual medley. Tooele's Kelli Frost won the 1 meter diving.

The 50 yard freestyle was a close race between Carla Brown, Provo, Hanalee Hawkins, Ogden, and Carrie Olpin, Murray. All three qualified for Junior Nationals during preliminary competition. In finals, Hawkins took first while Olpin came in second. Brown was close behind for third.

After one day of competition at the 3A state championship, Park City girl's team is in the lead with 165 points. Cedar City's girls are second with 131 points. Cedar City is ahead in the boy's competition with 173 points while Lehi is second with 128 points.