Provo • Lone Peak junior Katie Smith’s arms plunged into the water, their pace quickening as she found her rhythm. She was hunting for her first individual state title and the gap between her and the next closest swimmer widened with each stroke.
When it was over, she looked to the clock. She had won the 200-yard individual medley in the Class 5A state swimming meet by nearly five seconds, with a time of 2:08.20.
Class 5A team standings
1. Viewmont, 121
2. Lone Peak, 115
3. Brighton, 96.5
4. West, 69
5. Bingham, 66
1. Lehi, 91
2. Herriman, 80.5
3. Brighton, 78
4. American Fork, 72
5. Lone Peak, 70
Class 5A individual results
Girls’ 200-yard medley relay
1. Lone Peak, 1:50.59
2. Viewmont, 1:50.96
3. West, 1:52.03
4. Bingham, 1:53.15
5. American Fork, 1:54.52
Boys’ 200-yard medley relay
1. Herriman, 1:39.02
2. Lehi, 1:40.94
3. American Fork, 1:41.10
4. Bingham, 1:43.00
5. Viewmont, 1:43.39
Girls’ 200-yard freestyle
1. Autumn Wolfgram, West, 1:54.81
2. Kelly Burhnam, Viewmont, 2:00.00
3. Katy Daggett, Brighton, 2:01.26
4. Samantha Patterson, Lone Peak, 2:01.63
5. Jordan Verdejo, Lone Peak, 2:01.71
Boys’ 200-yard freestyle
1. Steven Okelberry, American Fork, 1:43.97
2. Parker Freeman, Lone Peak, 1:46.11
3. Kyle Darling, Hunter, 1:46.89
T4. Brayden Corbridge, Hunter, 1:47.72
T4. Ty Johnson, Lehi, 1:47.72
Girls’ 200-yard individual medley
1. Katie Smith, Lone Peak, 2:08.20
2. Marah Smith, Viewmont, 2:13.01
3. Rachel Anders, Cottonwood, 2:15.80
4. Maddie Christensen, Riverton, 2:16.19
5. Ciera Orr, Bingham, 2:17.64
Boys’ 200-yard individual medley
1. Ethan Pollock, American Fork, 1:55.53
2. Jonah Simon, Cottonwood, 1:58.46
3. Brian O’Neal, Brighton, 2:01.57
4. Spencer Dew, Lone Peak, 2:01.68
5. Tyler Blackburn, Lehi, 2:01.89
Girls’ 50-yard freestyle
1. Abbey Sorensen, Riverton, 23.51
2. Amelia Wolfgram, West, 24.57
3. Claire Jackson, Hillcrest, 24.60
4. McKenna Gassaway, Viewmont, 24.70
5. Mariah Gassaway, Viewmont, 24.82
Boys’ 50-yard freestyle
1. Regie Topham, Herriman, 21.01
2. Brock Harries, Brighton, 21.85
T3. Gavin Doel, Lehi, 22.62
T3. Levi Lassig, Herriman, 22.62
5. Cade Rasmussen, Viewmont, 22.70
She congratulated the swimmers in the lanes next to her. She climbed out of the pool, and she was different than when she had dove in — she was now a state champion, something she’d wanted since she began swimming in sixth grade.
"I could see on the walls that I was starting to pull ahead a little bit on the freestyle," said Smith, who finished with a personal best and beat her seed time by five seconds. "I could see that I was in front. It just made me more excited to finish and finish hard."
On the podium after receiving her medal, she looked for her family in the stands above the pool. They were hard to miss — they filled nearly a whole section and wore custom T-shirts.
"Release the Katie," the shirts read. After Friday’s Class 5A meet — the second half of which will take place Saturday — the Katie could be considered released.
The win was not only a victory for her, Smith explained after the race. It was for her family and coaches and teammates and everyone who had helped her become a state champion, something that in past seasons had eluded her, despite a few close finishes. Sharing the win with those close to her, along with the thousands of hours of work she’d put in to win, was what made it most special for her.
"I’m super excited," Smith said, the water from her race still dripping from her. "I put in a lot of hard work. It was my best time."
Twitter: @ BubbaSLTrib
Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.