5A swimming: Cottonwood senior takes boys’ 100-yard freestyle title
By Bubba Brown
Special to The TribuneFirst published Feb 08 2013 10:28PM
Provo • Jordan Dahle touched the wall and instinctively looked at the scoreboard listing the times of the Class 5A boys’ 100-yard freestyle.
The Cottonwood senior knew he swam a fast race, and he knew he had won. But had he erased the name of one of Utah’s greatest prep swimmers from the top line in the record books?
Dahle took the state title with a time of 45.96 seconds Friday at the Class 5A state meet, but he came up barely more than a half-second short of breaking the state record, held by Brighton star and Dahle’s friend, Long Gutierrez.
"Long’s obviously the greatest swimmer ever to come out of Utah," Dahle said. "To even say I was close to one of his records is an honor."
Dahle and Gutierrez have been on the same club team and trained together for years. Even though it might have weakened his chance to take the title, Dahle would have loved one last chance to go head-to-head against his friend before they graduate this spring.
But with Gutierrez not swimming the 100 freestyle this meet, Dahle had to settle for chasing the record.
"It’s always great to have somebody to race," Dahle said. "Knowing I had a better chance at a state title was nice, but it’s great to race somebody fast, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed at all if he would have raced."
Lone Peak’s Rachel Hubert also capped her career on a high note Friday. The senior blew away the field in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:07.55, more than 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Hubert had posted a similarly dominant mark in her seeding time, so the result wasn’t a surprise.
The rest of the Lone Peak team kept her motivated in the weeks leading up to the meet, and standing on the podium with teammates Jordan Verdejo (third) and Samantha Patterson (fourth) is a memory that will last for Hubert.
"It feels really good because it’s my senior year, and this is what you look forward to," Hubert said. "I’m glad to be with those girls."
"You’ve just got to keep on going," Hubert said. "You have to think of the end and how good it feels."