Nic Tronson, Lehi
In one of the closest races of the day, Tronson got to the wall in the boys 100-yard butterfly just ahead of Hurricane’s Ryan Bunn. Tronson’s winning time of 51.77 seconds was a trace better than Bunn’s 51.90. It was the first individual title for the Pioneers’ junior. “I’m very pleased with my time,” Tronson said. “I was hoping for a 52. I’m real happy.”
Addison Richards, Orem
The Tigers got their first race championship since 2011 and Richards, only a sophomore, triumphed in the girls’ 100 breaststroke. Richards finished second in the 200 individual medley on Day 1, and her teammate, Leah Gale, also had second-place finish in the 50 freestyle before the Tigers’ breakthrough.
Garrett Dotson, Cedar City
Dotson became a repeat winner in the 100 breaststroke when he nipped Juan Diego’s Alexander Gustat at the wall. Dotson was the Class 3A champion last year but said that the 4A version this year, in which Gustat closed rapidly over the last 15 yards, was much more difficult. “I hope he wins it next year,” Dotson, a senior, said about Gustat.
Number of swimmers within less than a second of each other at the top of the girls’ 100 backstroke. Desert Hills’ Caitlin Romprey won the event in 58.13, while Cedar City’s Elisa Price (58.86) and Orem’s Leah Gale (58.88) were just behind her at the finish.
The number of Desert Hills boys swimmers in the top 10 in the 50 freestyle. Ashton Anderson took third in the event, only .01 seconds ahead of Thunder teammate Keegan Wawrzyniak. Noah Ashton (sixth) and Trevor Larson (three-way tie for eighth) also helped gather points for the state championship boys’ squad.
The number of seconds that kept Sky View’s Jake Walters from two individual state championships on the same day. Most double winners at this year’s state meet took one crown on Day 1 and the second when action resumed on Day 2. Walters had a third-place finishing time (52.26) in the 100 butterfly Saturday, then came back and won the 100 backstroke later in the day.