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With the state swimming meet now in the rearview mirror for the Sedona Red Rock High School swimmers, it’s time to start making the placards with the names of the new school record holders.

Senior Nick Morgan swims his leg of the Scorpions boys 400 yard freestyle relay at the state swimming meet in Mesa.Both the Scorpions boys and girls teams competed in the state Division II swimming meet on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Skyline Aquatics Center in Mesa, with the boys team finishing 18th overall and the girls team finishing 37th overall.

Although no purple-clad state champions were crowned, one boy and two of the girls’ relay teams broke SRRHS school records.
Senior Colin Hurkett, who spent the early part of the season rehabilitating a torn labrum which he suffered last summer, tied the school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.68 seconds in the preliminary round and went on to finish seventh in the finals.

“It’s the fastest he’s gone,” said Scorpions swimming coach A. Jay Bronson. “He’s done an amazing job this year after his injury. He’s been able to come back and lead the team.

“He wanted to break [the record] but one of the big things was he wanted a school record of his own and now he gets his name up there not just on a relay, but with his own accreditation.”

Hurkett also finished sixth in the final of the boys 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.29 and anchored the boys 400-yard freestyle relay team, which included juniors Cedar Gardener and Jakob Carter and senior Nick Morgan, that finished in 11th place in 3 minutes, 30.58 seconds — a full eight seconds faster than its state-qualifying time.

“You always expect good times [at the state meet],” Bronson said. “But that was pretty fantastic.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Nov. 13, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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