Wasatch girls edges Timpview in dramatic finish to win 5A state girls swimming title
The Thunderbirds trailed the Wasps by 10 points but had the best 400-yard freestyle relay team.
If Timpview did what was expected and won, then the team championship would come down to how Wasatch did.
“It was stressful,” Wasatch senior Claire Kieffer said. “They told us before that we had to move up at least one place and then we would win a state title.”
Keiffer, who is the only senior on the Wasp girls team, swam the first leg of the really and got the team off to a great start — but then all she could do was watch.
“That was the most stressful part,” she said. “It was so nerve-wracking but I knew my teammates could do it.”
The Wasatch swimmers proved Keiffer’s confidence was well-founded, staying near the front for the entire race and coming in third. That gave the Wasps the slim, 254-252 margin of victory to win the 5A championship.
“It felt unreal to see them finish in third,” Keiffer said. “It still doesn’t feel real. I have to see it up on the board before it will really set in.”
It was the first state girls swimming championship for Wasatch since they won the 3A title in 2013.
“We knew we were in it going in,” Wasp head coach Shawn Marsing said. “The girls put themselves in great position in the preliminaries to make it happen. They’ve done everything we’ve asked. When you win by two points, that takes the entire team.”
He said seeing that relay secure the title was indescribable.
“We put together the best relay team we could,” he said. “It was so satisfying. I love these girls. This was the greatest team I’ve ever coached.”