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In his first meet as the man in charge, Head Coach A.J. Bronson and his Sedona Red Rock High School swim team did quite well with the boys and girls taking first overall Thursday, Sept. 2, in Cottonwood.

Olivia Luyckx takes a breath after finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle event Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Cottonwood Community Pool.“I’m very happy with this year’s opening meet; both boys and girls did amazing and I am extremely proud of them,” Bronson said after the meet Thursday.

Technically a home meet for the Scorpions, Sedona welcomed Phoenix Christian Academy and Wickenburg High School at the Cottonwood Community Pool on Thursday.

The Scorpions boys team took first overall, dominating the competition by scoring 161 points overall while Phoenix Christian took second with 44 and Wickenburg finished in third with 39.

For the girls, Sedona took first with 124 points while Wickenburg was second with 88 and Phoenix Christian was third with 73.

“This year’s team has amazing depth and has the potential to go extremely far, not only at state but individually as well,” Bronson said.

It was an excellent meet for both Scorpions teams Thursday, with the girls recording five first-place finishes of the eight individual events while the boys took home either first or second place in almost every event.

Junior McKenzie Moore was outstanding, placing first overall in the 50-yard freestyle swim with a 33.05 time while taking third in the 200-yard freestyle swim with a 2:41.69 time.

In the first high school swim meet of her career, freshman Emma Geurts wasn’t half bad, taking third overall in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 7:14.84 time and second in the 100-yard breaststroke event with a 1:25.98 time.

Leading the way for Sedona, however, was junior Olivia Luyckx who took second in the 500-yard freestyle swim with a 6:16.28 time and third in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:41.50 time. Freshman teammate Laura Clark took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:34.67 time.

On the boys side of the pool, team captain Michael Wiseman was outstanding, taking first place in several events.

Wiseman’s best event came in the 100-yard freestyle swim where he finished first with a 55.82 time. Teammate Seth Syvertsen took first in the 100-yard breaststroke event with a 1:11.33 time.

Other standouts included freshman Colin Hurkett who took second in the 200-yard freestyle event with a 2:07.80 time and second in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 5:32.77 time.

Hurkett was second only to senior Zach Morgan in both events. Morgan took first overall in the 200-yard freestyle event with a 2:02.05 time and was first in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 5:50 time.

“With 14 boys the hardest part is finding events so everyone can swim, which is a great problem to have, but these boys have been great so far no matter where I put them,” Bronson said.

Next up for Sedona, the Scorpions will meet up with Mingus Union High School, Flagstaff High School and Dysart High School in a four-way meet Thursday, Sept. 9.

Sedona was in action Tuesday, Sept. 7, but results were unavailable at press time.

Thursday’s meet is scheduled to get under way in Cottonwood at 2 p.m.


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  • Flagstaff climber!

    I am so proud of our swimmers! AND nice job Coach Bronson! Way to go

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