OREM — The swim coaches of Regions 4 and 7 got a good look at how their teams stack up this weekend as they competed Saturday at the Utah County Invitational at the Orem Recreation Center.
Defending 4A champion Timpview took home the girls' title with 275 points, beating out 5A's Lone Peak, which was second with 223 points. For the boys, Orem took top honors as the Tigers scored 337 points to beat out second-place Springville (222 points).
"The boys really came in to try and make a statement that they are a team to be reckoned with," said Orem coach Danny Miller. "I think they were up to swim for this."
Miller said he was pleased with his boys' performance, noting that the times swam were fast for such an early-season meet. All told, 14 meet records fell on the two days of competition.
"We're close to, if not better than, what our relay times were at the state championship last year," Miller said. "We've been training hard; it's not like we were rested for this. We just worked real hard up to it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do once we're real rested."
Senior Brady Wells led the way for the Tigers, setting meet records in the 200 IM (1:58.60) and 100 breaststroke (1:00.77). Wells also anchored Orem's 400 freestyle relay team, which shattered the meet record by nearly nine seconds.
"We've been training hard and I guess it's helping," Wells said. "I didn't expect us to win by that much, but everyone swam well, so we placed better than we were supposed to."
On the girls' side, Timpview began the defense of its state crown with a convincing win.
"For them (Timpview) to come out and do what they did today was pretty incredible," said T-birds coach Brian Sorensen. "It does give us a good idea for the year, and we look forward to what the season has to offer."
Sorensen's young squad picked up individual wins from Meagan Stone (200 IM) and Kylie Harper (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), as well as team victories in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Timpview's talented squad of underclassmen stepped it up in the early season meet. The T-birds also received a boost from multiple-time state champion Kanani Roberts, who recently decided to return for her senior season.
"She (Roberts) had some other things that she was looking into, and she just really got the swimming itch and decided that she wanted to still be a part of the group," Sorensen said. "She brings a lot of things to the team, and she'll take us where we hope to go, and that is competing for a state championship."
Other standouts included American Fork's Candice Smith, who set meet records in the 100 freestyle (54.64 seconds) and 100 backstroke (58.48 seconds). Lone Peak's Kimberly Welch equaled the feat, breaking meet records in the 200 free (1:59.96) and 100 fly (1:00.12).