|Sedona swimmers finish top five at Phoenix Country Day|
|Written by Brian Bergner Jr.|
|Sunday, 09 October 2011 00:00|
The Sedona Red Rock High School swimming team participated in the 10-school Phoenix Country Day Invitational on Friday, Sept. 30, with the boys taking third and the girls taking fourth overall.
“I thought the kids did better than I could have hoped for,” second-year Sedona Head Coach A. Jay Bronson said. “We are drastically improving not only as individuals but more importantly as a team.”
In 2010, the girls placed eighth at the very same meet, according to Bronson. This last Friday, the girls needed 49 points to take fourth overall, while the boys scored 99.5 for third place.
Arcadia High School took first overall in the boys meet with 183 points while Sunnyslope High School was second with 164.5.
For the girls, Sunnyslope was first with 188.5 while Arcadia was second with 155.5 points. Meet host Phoenix Country Day School took third with 86 points.
Top performances for the Scorpion boys included Jacob Decker, who finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly event with a 1:04.55 time, while younger brother Tristan Decker was third in the 100-yard freestyle event with a 52.89 time.
Jacob Decker took fourth in the 100-yard backstroke event as well with a 1:04.83 time, while Tristan Decker was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:09.55 time.
Colin Hurkett was second in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 5:28.51 time.
Individually for the Sedona girls, the 200-yard freestyle relay team, which consisted of Alyssa Millar, Haley Holverson, Katie Millar and Mara Leake, took third overall with a 1:56.55 time.
The 200-yard medley relay team wasn’t half bad either, taking fourth overall with a 2:08.12 time. Katie Millar, Portia Griefenberg, Olivia Luyckx and Leake were on the team.
In the 200-yard freestyle event, Emma Geurts was 11th overall with a 2:30.96 time while Luyckx was ninth overall in the 100-yard freestyle event with a 1:01.68 time.
The Scorpions were in action again Thursday, Oct. 6, in their last home meet of the season. Results were unavailable at press time.
Next up for Sedona, the Scorpions will travel south to participate in the Phoenix Country Day Championships on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29.
The meet gathers many of the old 3A conference schools. Although it is unofficial, in the past, teams participating in this meet at Phoenix Country Day would be vying for a state title.
“We still have some work to do, especially in improving our endurance, which is what we are going to be working on the next few weeks before our last meet,” Bronson said.