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Big Park Community School finds success in multi-age program

Big Park Community School finds success in multi-age program

On the surface, placing kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders into the same classroom might seem like a recipe for disaster - or at least a massive headache - but as the...

The Scorpions went out and proved Thursday, Oct. 6, they could hang with the big boys, claiming the inaugural Sedona-Mingus Cup at the Sedona Community Pool last week.

Haley Holverson helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team from Sedona Red Rock High School take first overall Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Sedona-Mingus Cup. Holverson and her teammates finished first in the 400 relay with a 4:22.31 time.“The reason we won the cup was all about depth. With our growth over last year we were able to come out and make a huge showing,” second-year Sedona Red Rock High School swim team Head Coach A. Jay Bronson said.

“It was incredible to see all the staff and students from the high school come out and support us. I know it really fired the swimmers up.”

Sedona swam away from the competition Thursday, scoring 283 total points between the boys and girls team while rival Mingus Union High School had 218 total points.

The win for the Scorpions gives Sedona the right to hold on to the Sedona-Mingus Cup, which currently sits in the front office at the school.

“I am constantly amazed by our swimmers. Not only are they constantly improving but also kicking butt,” Bronson said.

Scorpion swimmers won 15 of the 22 events Thursday at the Sedona Community Pool in front of a solid crowd filled with students and staff members at Sedona.

Top performances for the Scorpions included Colin Hurkett, who finished first overall in the 200-yard freestyle event with a 2:09.07 time. Hurkett took first in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 6:10.44.

Olivia Luyckx finished first overall in the 50-yard freestyle event with a 27.63 time while teammate Portia Griefenberg was first in the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:11.72 time.

Luyckx was first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1:01.25 time. Griefenberg wasn’t done either, taking first in the 500-yard freestyle event with a 6:24.62 time.

Jacob Decker was first in the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:02.90 while younger brother Tristan Decker was first in the 100-yard freestyle event with a 53.50 time.

In the relays, the Sedona boys took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay event with a 1:41.63 time. MacKena Koss, Hank Svensson, Cody Chartier and Tristan Decker were the gold medalists.

The Sedona girls took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 4:22.31 time. Alyssa Millar, Katie Millar, Haley Holverson and Griefenberg were team members.

“We have worked incredibly hard this season, with 46 swimmers, four coaches, two managers, and one goal, which was to win the cup. And we just did that,” Bronson said.

Next up, the Scorpions will take a few weeks off from competition to prepare for the Small Schools Championships, held at Phoenix Country Day School on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29.

The meet is meant to keep the spirit alive in the old way of doing things between the 1A, 2A and 3A conferences when the 1A-3A State Championships were held, up until 2009, according to Bronson.

All old 1A-3A teams that used to compete for a state title will be in attendance at Phoenix Country Day that weekend. The last school to win the 1A-3A state championship was the Scorpion boys.


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