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With the summer heat in full swing the Sedona Swim Team will stay cool, participating in several swimming meets during its annual summer schedule.

Sedona Swordfish Swim Team Head Coach Brandon Hancock high-fives some of the younger members of the team during practice at the pool (above).Swordfish Head Coach Brandon Hancock, who is entering his second year at the helm, is excited to get things going, especially this summer with plenty of new faces to go around.

“I’m happy to see some of the old faces around here but it’s great to see new kids join our club,” Hancock said.

The Swordfish kicked off the summer with the Beat the Heat Classic at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff from June 4 through 6 and did quite well with several swimmers finishing near the top of their age divisions.

According to Hancock, one of the more exciting meets coming this summer is actually taking place this weekend at the Sedona Community Pool in West Sedona.

The Sedona Splash will play host to several club swimming teams Friday, June 11, through Saturday, June 12.

Since it’s only one of two home meets this summer, the Swordfish and their head coach are very excited.

After the Sedona Splash, the Swordfish head to the Bullhead City Invitational on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20.

On Saturday, June 26, through Sunday, June 27, the Swordfish are scheduled to compete in the Sparky Invitational at Arizona State University, then will take a couple of weeks off before returning to the water to compete at the Senior State Invitational held at Brophy College Preparatory.

Senior State takes place Friday, July 9, through Sunday, July 11, and is for kids ages 15 and up.

After regionals in Kingman in the middle of July, the Sedona Swordfish will return home to host the Sedona Mile, one of the more popular swimming meets during the summer.

The Sedona Mile usually consists of not only Swordfish swimmers, but community members as well in an effort to raise funds for a good cause.

The Swordfish return to ASU to participate in the Age Group State Meet for swimmers 14 and under, then will wrap up the summer Saturday, July 31, at the Verde Valley Championships in Cottonwood.

Some of the top swimmers for the Swordfish are back in the pool this summer including 17-year-old Evan Decker and his brother, 15-year-old Jacob Decker.

Of course, we wouldn’t want to forget about 13-year-old Tristan Decker, the youngest of the three brothers.

The Decker brothers usually dominate the pool every summer, making it one of the best brother trios to come through Sedona.

Fourteen-year-old Laura Clark returns to the water this summer as well while 15-year-old teammate Olivia Luyckx continues to improve every year.

Other notables include Molly [7], Jessica [10] and Michael Wiseman [17] to go along with 12-year-old Valerie Luyckx and 13-year-old Christopher Gibson.


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