The competition for the 4A state swimming and diving championship was tough Saturday but Judge Memorial High came out a winner - twice.
Judge Memorial boys squeezed out a win with 277 points, while Cyprus got second with 251 points. Murray was close behind with 249 points for third. Judge's girls won with a total of 302 points, beating Murray High's 248 points while Woods Cross came in third with 227 points.A bit teary-eyed, Judge swimming coach Casey Jackson, said he was "numb" but thought the double win was "fantastic." Judge Memorial boys and girls have taken second the last five years, except in 1993 when the girls took first. This is the first time both teams have taken home first-place trophies.
Cyprus swimmer Randy Belliston wowed the crowd and competition.
Friday, Belliston broke the record set in 1977 in the 200-yard freestyle. Saturday, he came within fourth-tenths of a second of breaking the 4A record in the 500-yard freestyle.
Belliston made it look easy, finishing a whole length of the pool ahead of the second-place swimmer and lapping several other swimmers in the same heat.
Ogden's Mike Greene won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly as well as qualifying for Junior Nationals.
Billy Betz, Logan, won the 100-yard freestyle and Ryan Bennett, Judge, won the 100-yard breastroke. Tooele won the 200-yard freestyle relay while Cyprus won the 400-yard freestyle relay.
In the girl's competition, Erin Blundell, Woods Cross, took the title in the 100-yard butterfly and Heike Kutz, Tooele, won the 100-yard backstroke. Judge's Amy Taylor easily won the 500 yard freestyle while teammate Shere Moeller just as easily won the 100-yard breastroke.
The 100-yard freestyle was a close event. Ogden's Hanalee Hawkins time of 53.03 barely put her ahead of Murray's Carrie Olpin's 53.40 for the win.