March 2019 Educational Highlights

March 2019 Educational Highlights
Posted on 03/04/2019

Brighton Swimmers Claim 23rd State Championship Crown

In a performance to rival last year’s first-place team finish, the Bengal boys won the 2019 5A Utah Swim Championships. This year’s victory marks the team’s 23rd state crown, and Brighton High’s 119th state championship in 50 years. The meet was close with Cottonwood High leading at the mid-point, but Brighton finished strong, racking up points with podium finishes in the 500 boys freestyle and a strong performance in the 400 freestyle relay. The girls also performed well. Bengal Rachel Butler was a favorite to win the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, and didn’t disappoint. The senior, who has committed to swim for the University of Minnesota next fall, earned two first-place finishes while breaking her own 5A and state record in the 200 IM. Butler additionally was named by the Utah High School Activities Association as the top girl's swimmer. Coach Todd Etherington also has been named the 2019 Coach of the Year by the 5A Coaches Association.

Brighton High Accadians Place First in Dance

The award-winning Brighton High Accadians drill team placed first in the dance category at the Utah High School Activities Association’s 5A Drill Team Championship on Saturday, Feb. 2. The dancers also finished in fifth-place in the military and kick-line categories and ended the season as the fifth-place team overall. The Accadians were among nine teams that qualified in a semi-final round of judging to vie for the state trophy. The team won the opportunity to appear in the semifinals by winning first place at the Region 7 competition, at which Brighton won first place in the dance, military and kick-line events.