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Michael Wiseman power strokes to a win at a home meet Thursday, Oct. 7, in the boys 200-meter freestyle finishing with a time of 2:08:15.The Scorpions swim team dominated once again Thursday, Oct. 7, this time taking first overall in a three-way meet located at the Cottonwood Community Pool.

Sedona Red Rock High School welcomed Gilbert Christian and Wickenburg high schools to Cottonwood on Thursday, taking first overall in both the boys and girls divisions.

For the boys, Sedona scored an impressive 436 points to claim gold while Gilbert Christian took second place with 396. Wickenburg wound up a distant third, scoring 156 total points.

Seth SyvertsenIn the girls races, the Scorpions took first overall with 345 total team points while Gilbert Christian scored 320 for second place. Wickenburg scored 294 points, finishing third.

“We are looking great going into the last few meets of the season and the kids are working hard,” first-year Head Coach A.J. Bronson said. “With the state meet fast approaching, we are looking to qualify as many people as possible.”

For the boys, Sedona had eight first-place finishes Saturday with Evan Decker, Seth Syvertsen and Michael Wiseman winning two each.

Decker took first overall in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:13.66 time while also taking first in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 5:18.13 time.

For Wiseman, his 200-yard freestyle time was outstanding, taking first overall with a 2:08.15 time. Wiseman took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 56.24 time as well.

Olivia LuyckxAs for Syvertsen, he took first in the 50-yard freestyle event [23.75] and was first in the 100-yard breaststroke event [1:14.41].

In the girls race, junior Olivia Luyckx took home two first-place medals, one in the 50-yard freestyle event [28.50] and the other coming in the 500-yard freestyle event [6:17.17].

Emma Geurts turned in an outstanding time in the 200-yard freestyle event, finishing first overall with a 2:38.02 time while teammate Laura Clark was first in the 100-yard butterfly event with a 1:18.43 time.

Also from Sedona, Alyssa Millar took first overall in the 100-yard backstroke event with a 1:15.96 time.

Laura Clark swims the breaststroke leg of the girls 200-meter individual medley finishing with a time of 2:41:43 for the win during a home meet in Cottonwood on Thursday, Oct. 7.“All our swimmers are doing an amazing job at practice and meets. I can’t wait to see how things turn out at the end,” Bronson said.

Next up, Sedona will play host to Wickenburg and Phoenix Christian High School on Thursday, Oct. 14, in a three-way meet in Cottonwood. The scheduled start time for Thursday is set for 4 p.m.

The Scorpions wrap up the regular season Saturday, Oct. 30, in a seven-way invitational meet at Phoenix Country Day School.

Sedona will return to Phoenix Country Day to swim in the Division II state meet which is scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 5.


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  • JohnnSedona

    I have been watching these kids train from the side lines and they are doing a fantastic job working hard. <br />The coach, Mr Bronsen who is a young guy him self, commands their respect---while still having fun. <br />I very much hope many of them make it to state championships, as they deserve it.<br />I am a lap swimmer. This new coach is the best I have seen ever in Sedona, and the high school program is fortunate to have him, and the city program would be as well. I hope he isnt recruited away by some bigger program. john

  • Sammie

    These kids are the best respected towards others, that I have seen at the pool for High school aged. The coach keeps them well mannered and working towards their goals.<br /><br />By the same token, they all seem to be having fun too.<br /><br />I dont know his name but the kids all seem to be enjoying themselves and motivated to workd hard for the team.<br />BRAVO---I hope the team does well for the state meet.

  • joanne Q

    Good luck Swimmers!<br /><br />Coach Bronson you are truly an asset to the High School swim community. The club team should only be so fortunate. <br /><br />JQ

  • tadpole

    Mr Bronsons style reminds me of the good old days. REd ROCK high school is very very lucky to have this coach. His streamline style and friendly demeanor is refreshing. He interacts with the kids and the parents and is respectful of everyone on deck. <br /><br />Best of luck to the swimmers at state. May they bring home lots of gold, and silver.

  • xo

    Gooo swimmers

  • Sheldon

    I am so impressed with this years swim team. I am usually at the pool once a week when they are practicing and they are a good, well mannered bunch. The coach keeps his (young eye) on them, and works with them. I can only speculate that he was a swimmer in the not so distant past. They seem to be interested inworking hard, doing a good job, with high work ethic. <br /><br />The coach seems like he genuninly wants to be on deck. He seems knowleglable, likable and is very friendly to those of us waiting to use the pool. An asset to all of the Verde Valley.

  • Wayfarer

    The swimmers are hard workers and the coach is really a nice guy. Gooooooo team! <br /><br />Scorpions rule!

  • beach bum

    Go team ---good luck at state

  • Sydeny

    Great team! Good l uck at States. This young coach is awesome!

  • norene

    Happily impressed

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