Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Prep swimming: Bingham girls, Brighton boys lead 5A meet

5A swimming » Alta’s Brianna Francis breaks a state record in the 200 individual medley.

First Published Feb 10 2012 10:03 pm • Last Updated Feb 11 2012 12:21 am

Provo • While the orange and blue swim caps of Brighton and Bingham saw their familiar places on the podium, it was Alta junior Brianna Francis who stole the show on day one of the Class 5A state swim meet.

Francis teamed with Hailey Wilkinson, Alicia May and Taylor Coffey to capture relay gold in the 200-yard medley relay. Less than an hour later, Francis swam the fasted 200 individual medley in Utah high school history.

At a glance

Day 1 team scores


1. Brighton 155

2. Cottonwood 82

3. Bingham 77

4. Kearns 64

5. Lehi 61


1. Bingham 120

2. Brighton 96

3. Lone Peak 95

4. Alta 93

5. Riverton 72

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"It feels amazing that all of our hard work paid off," said Francis. "I worked hard for that record and I deserve it."

The Bingham girls didn’t win any of the four events contested Friday, but they gathered 34 points in the relay and 43 combined points in the 200 freestyle to garner a 120-96 advantage over Brighton.

"Tonight our girls swam out of their minds," said coach Andrea Bouwhuis.

Any questions about the Brighton boys’ dominance were answered Friday with a relay gold in the 200-yard medley relay and a dominant swim from junior Long Gutierrez, who captured an individual gold in the 200-yard IM. The Bengals scored 54 team points in the individual medley and lead a surprising Cottonwood team 155-82. The Colts swam to a third-place finish in the medley relay and got an individual gold when senior Alex Bowcut won the 200 free by more than four seconds.

"We’re not a traditional power at Cottonwood, but I just have to give credit to my coach Brian Sorenson for making that 200 free feel easy," said Bowcut.

Friday’s events culminated with the speed races, in which Kearns senior Sam Huff repeated as 50 free champ, while Riverton freshman Abbey Sorenson captured gold in the same event.

Action resumes Saturday at noon.

Fun facts

Alta coach Patrick Thurman has a unique connection to the 200 individual medley relay state record. He was an assistant at East in 2006 when Sara Jayne Christiansen set the record. Thurman watched Friday as Alta junior Brianna Francis swam the race just over a half-second faster.

In one of the closest races Friday, Lone Peak junior Samm Scoresby captured the girls’ 200 freestyle by 0.37 seconds over Bingham’s Kirsten Mathewson.

Breaking records at Brighton is tough. The Bengal quartet of Long Gutierrez, Ryan Brinkerhoff, Kyle Spicer and Tanner Wiest swam a 1:36.04 in Friday’s 200 medley relay, good enough for All-American consideration, but not good enough to eclipse the 1:35.89 set by the 2011 Brighton team.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.