Provo • Skyline’s James Sorensen and Springville’s Connor Anderson may live miles away from each other, but these two best friends always end up neck and neck in their meets. Therefore, it was no surprise as the two friends battled it out on the last lap in the 4A boys’ 200-yard freestyle Thursday at BYU.
"Our seed times, they’re always very close together," said Sorensen.
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How close? According to Sorensen, on average, a half a second from each other.
This time was no different.
"At about the halfway mark I realized that we were really close. I’ve always known Connor gets out in his races really fast, so I knew when we were really close at the halfway and that I had a good chance of winning."
Sorensen knew he would have to break out of his comfort zone to become a state champ.
"I knew [Anderson] was going to be there at the end," said Sorensen. "I knew he was going to get out fast, so I just kind of changed my race strategy. That meant I had to stick with him for the front half of the race and save enough energy (for the final stretch) to win in the end."
In the end, Sorensen was a gracious champion. He knew that Thursday was his night, but he also knows it will not be last time he has to try to fend off his best friend.
"In the end, I was lucky I came out on top," he said.
Twice as nice for Pabst
Last year’s 4A champion in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle, Mountain Crest’s Hailey Pabst put herself in elite company by taking home that title once again on Thursday.
Pabst saved her best in 2014 for last, scoring a 23.98. Afterward she was overcome with what she described as complete joy.
"It’s just a really rewarding feeling to know, ‘Yeah, I did that!’ It shows that self-dedication and pushing forward really pays off. I’m really excited to win it again; it feels really good to win it."
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