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Herriman native Rhyan White competing in 100m backstroke final at the Tokyo Olympics

Jul 26, 2021 01:22PM ● By Justin Adams
By Justin Adams | [email protected]

A life-long dream for one Herriman native is coming true at the 2021 summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, Japan. 

The first Utahn to ever swim for Team USA at the Olympics, White made it through the 100m backstroke semifinal with a time of 58.46 seconds. That time was the second-best in her heat (trailing only fellow USA teammate Regan Smith, who set an Olympic record with her time of 57.86) and the fourth-fastest time overall. 

White will compete for a medal in the 100m backstroke final tonight, which you can watch on NBC at 7:51 p.m. 

Now swimming collegiately for Alabama, White was a stand-out for Cottonwood High. (White made the trek from Herriman to Murray each morning because her club coach was also the coach for Cottonwood.)

While swimming for the Colts, she was named the 5A swimmer of the year all four years and won multiple state championships and broke state records.

To learn more about Rhyan's journey, check out this profile by the Deseret News.

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