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Five swimmers from the Sedona Swordfish traveled south Saturday, July 10, to participate in the Senior State Meet at the Brophy Sports Complex in Phoenix.

Olivia Luyckx, 16, works on her front stroke Wednesday,  July 14, during practice at the Sedona Community Pool. Luyckx recently finished 68th overall for the Sedona Swim Team in the girls’ 50-meter backstroke competition during the senior state meet at Brophy Sports Complex in Phoenix on Saturday, July 10. She took 91st overall in the 100-meter backstroke.“We had a good meet. It was good to see how good other teams are and I think the kids were able to see what’s out there competition-wise,” Sedona Head Coach Brandon Hancock said.

Each of the five Swordfish placed quite well Saturday, with the top performance coming from 17-year-old Evan Decker, who finished 11th overall in the 50-meter backstroke with a 30.81 time.

The place earned Decker six points, the only points Sedona would earn during the Senior State Meet event.

Decker also placed 17th overall in the 50-meter backstroke with a 31.37 time and was 25th overall in the 400-meter individual medley with a 5:30.71 time.

The young swimmer spent his time in the water participating in several other events including the 200-meter backstroke, where he finished 29th overall with a 2:30.37 time and in the 100-meter backstroke, where he finished 40th overall with a 1:09.96 time.

His 15-year-old brother Jacob Decker wasn’t bad himself, taking 20th overall in the 50-meter backstroke with a 32.00 time.

Decker was 34th in the 50-meter butterfly with a 29.06 time and was 45th in the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:11.23 time.

In the 200-meter backstroke, Decker took 46th with a 2:38.56 time and was 48th in the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:05.23 time.

On the girls’ side of the pool, 15-year-old Olivia Luyckx had a good weekend, taking 68th overall in the 50-meter backstroke with a 41.71 time and was 76th overall in the 400-meter freestyle swim with a 5:34.52 time.

Luyckx also participated in the 100-meter backstroke, taking 91st overall with a 1:33.71 time.

Sixteen-year-old Portia Griefenberg took 148th overall in the 50-meter freestyle swim with a 34.10 time and 15-year-old Swordfish teammate Taylor Gage took 153rd overall in the 50-meter freestyle.


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