The Grantsville swim team might not be a contender for team state titles this season, but that doesn’t mean the Cowboys are devoid of championship-caliber talent.
That much was evident on Friday at the Pratt Aquatic Center in Tooele, where Grantsville played host to the Region 13 championship meet.
Hadlee Begay brought home three individual region championships, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 59.92 seconds, the 100 free in 55.95 and the 500 freestyle in a season-best 5:29.71. Begay, a junior, is the two-time defending Class 3A state champion in the 100 fly and 500 free, and she has the fastest time by a Class 3A swimmer in all three events she won on Friday.
She was the Cowboys’ lone female top-three finisher, punching her ticket to the state championship meet that will take place Feb. 7-8 at Brigham Young University in Provo. The top three finishers in each event at region automatically earn state berths, with the remainder of the field chosen based on top times from throughout the course of the season.
Zane Thomas, last year’s Class 3A state champion in the 100-yard backstroke, won the 100 free in 52.85 and finished second in the 200 free at the region meet with a time of 1:52.57 — the second-fastest in 3A this year. Ben Smurthwaite was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:19.93, and third in the 100 fly in 59.22.