The Grantsville contingent will be small, but mighty, at the Class 3A state swimming championship meet Friday and Saturday at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful.
While the Cowboys have just five competitors in the individual events — three boys and two girls — along with six relay teams, those competitors could very well end up on the medal stand when all is said and done.
The top step of the medal stand is a familiar spot for senior Hadlee Begay, the three-time defending girls’ state champion in the 500-yard freestyle. She enters this weekend as Class 3A’s top seed with a season-best time of 5 minutes, 37.22 seconds. She is also the top seed in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.86, returning to the event she won state titles in during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Last season, she was the 200 freestyle state champion.
Fellow senior Ben Smurthwaite also has high hopes coming into the final state championship meet of his high-school career. He is the No. 2 seed in the boys’ 200 individual medley, recording a season-best time of 2:11.67. He is also ranked No. 4 in Class 4A in the 100 fly with a time of 59.05. Senior Evan Thomas could also contend for a couple medals as the No. 8 seed in the 200 free (2:06.28) and the No. 9 seed in the 100 free (56.61).
Sophomore Mary Armantrout will represent the Grantsville girls in a pair of events. She is the No. 9 seed in the 100 backstroke with a seed time of 1:13.96, and her best time of 2:23.03 in the 200 free has her seeded 10th. Freshman Josh Parks is the No. 24 seed in the boys’ 100 back with a time of 1:15.18.
The Grantsville girls are the No. 7 seed in the 400 free relay with a time of 4:31.73. They are 10th in the 200 medley relay (2:19.02) and 12th in the 200 free relay (2:04.06). Grantsville’s boys are seeded 10th in the 400 free relay (3:58.51), 12th in the medley relay (2:00.54) and 14th in the 200 free relay (1:50.77).
Preliminary heats will take place Friday, with the girls taking to the pool at 4:15 p.m. and the boys at 8:15 p.m. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, as the girls start at 4 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:45 p.m.
The meet was moved from its traditional location at Brigham Young University’s Richards Building earlier this week. The South Davis Recreation Center hosted the Class 4A championships in 2018 when BYU’s facility was being renovated.