Led by Palo Verde, which won the boys (105 points) and girls (86 points) state competitions, the South schools absolutely dominated. The South claimed five of the top six team spots on the boys side and the top three spots for the girls.
However, one Rail City swimmer did break through against his southern foes. Reed freshman Kyle Scalise won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.10 seconds after entering the meet seeded second.
He also placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley, while Spanish Springs junior Justin Reed took eighth in the same race. That duo took the gold and silver in last weekend's Northern 4A meet.
Reed junior Rachel O'Connor was the only other local swimmer to place in the top 4 in any event. Her time of 1:00.66 was good enough for fourth place in the girls 100-yard butterfly.
In the team standings, Reed and Spanish Springs performed better in the girls competition versus the boys. Reed and Spanish Springs were 10th and 11th with 16 and 15 points respectively. The Raiders edged their cross-town rivals by one point thanks to a fifth-place finish in the very last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Cougs finished four seconds back in sixth.
For Spanish Springs, Sarah McCorkle picked up a couple of sixth-place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Phebe McCorkle was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke behind Reed's Katrina Whilhite in sixth.
In girls diving, Lexee Franco placed eighth for the Cougars.
The Spanish Springs boys ended up with five points after its 400-yard freestyle relay touched the wall in seventh.
Scalise scored all 13 of Reed's points, which put the Raiders in 13th overall in the boys standings.
Sparks' lone qualifier, Nikki Longland, took home a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.