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Lone Peak girls, Cyprus boys swim to early lead

Lone Peak's girls' swim team made its debut at the 4A state swimming championships with a splash Friday. After the first day of competition, the Knights' 120 points put them in the lead - well ahead of Murray's 89 points. Cyprus is narrowly leading the boys' competition with 108 points, while Highland is close behind with 103 points.

In the girls' competition, Lone Peak's 200 medley relay team kicked off the meet by easily beating Sky View. Lone Peak didn't lose any momentum as the afternoon progressed - taking state titles in three of the four events.Sarisa Oles won Lone Peak's first individual title in the 200 individual medley, cruising in ahead of second-place Sky View's Nikki Tadlock. The Knights' Rachel Jensen then won the 50 freestyle. Her time of 24.65 barely put her ahead of Olympus' Mandi Meredith, who came in a close second with a time of 24.92.

Timpview freshman Analyn Skabelund easily won the 200 freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:58.40. Cyprus' Amy McClellan was second coming in at 2:02.90.

No team dominated the boys' competition. Mountain Crest won the 200 medley relay event with a time of 1:40.52, coming in well ahead of Lone Peak's team that finished with a time of 1:42.79. Mountain Crest's Tyler Bingham took home the team's only other state title of the evening, beating Bountiful's Ben Novak with a time of 2:00.67 in the 200 individual medley.

The current state-wide and 4A-state record holder in the 200 freestyle, Cyprus' Randy Belliston, won the state title in the event again. Belliston fought it out with Highland's Ahren Young.

Box Elder's Jeremy Harper won the 50 freestyle, narrowly beating Highland's David Holman.

The 3A state swimming championships also got underway Friday. Park City is leading the girls' competition with 152 points, while Cedar City is in the lead with 157 points in the boys' competition. Cedar City's girls are tied for second with Tooele with 97 points. Tooele's boys are in second with 85 points.

Rowland Hall's Calli Payne had the most spectacular win of the evening. Payne left everyone behind with her time of 1:53.92 in the 200 freestyle, which earned her both the state title and a new 3A state record. Park City's Rebecca Gerber came in second with a time of 2:00.73.

Park City's girls got their only win of the evening in the 200 medley relay. Park City cruised to first place ahead of Dixie's team. Bear River finished third.

Cedar City's Necia Bieder easily won the 200 individual medley, coming in nearly four seconds ahead of Jonna Christison, Park City.

The competition was tighter in the 50 freestyle. Bear River's Melissa Field narrowly beat Park City's Donielle Chittenden. Jamie Lambert, South Summit, came in a close third.

Cedar City's 200 medley relay team won the first event in the boys' competition. Lehi and Dixie came in second and third, respectively. Cedar City also got the title in the 50 freestyle. Luke Moore's time of 22.27 earned him first, while Dixie's Taison Allen came in second with a time of 23.03.

Roby Lea, Park City, won the 200 freestyle, narrowly defeating Dixie's Keric Allen. Waterford's Chris May won the 200 individual medley. David Mifflin, Cedar City, was second.

The state swimming championships will both conclude Saturday.