Miner Swimmers traveled to Coronado High School in Scottsdale to complete in a dual meet on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Miners won the meet. The Girls won by a score of San Manuel, 96, Coronado, 37, and the boys won by a score of San Manuel, 89, Coronado, 74.
The Miner Girls dominated the meet. In fact, they won nine out of the 11 events, including a top three sweep in both of the sprint events.
The medley relay team of Nicole Primero, Cierra Austin, Jazelle Sanchez, and Amara Apuron started the meet off with a win. Primero won the 200 free followed by an Apuron win in the 200 individual medley. In the 50 freestyle, Austin, Sanchez and Angela Navarro finished 1-2-3 to sweep the event. Moments later, Sanchez went on to win the grueling 100 butterfly. In the 100 free, it was the Miner Girls that swept the event. This time it was Apuron, Primero, and Fernanda Vasquez finishing first, second and third. In a close 500 freestyle, after going stroke for stroke for 20 lengths of the pool, it was a Coronado swimmer that out touched Megan Garcia at the finish. Judging by the smile on Garcia’s face when hearing she had achieved her best time by several seconds, the order of finish really wasn’t as important as the time.
The team of Navarro, Sanchez, Vasquez and Mariela Canisales won the 200 free relay in a close race sealed by a great turn and swim by Canisales. Austin won the 100 breaststroke. The team of Apuron, Austin, Primero and Garcia went on to win the 400 freestyle to end the meet.
For the Boys, the medley relay would set the tone for the whole meet. The Coronado Swimmers jumped to an early lead in the backstroke portion of the relay, but Armando Noriega closed the gap enough on the breaststroke leg that Colten Smith could even it up on the butterfly leg to give John Bribiescas the opportunity to win it, which he did. Meanwhile the B team was able to eke out third place with a great swim by Carlos Ortega on the final leg.
Bribiescas won the 200 individual medley, and Colbey Stratton won the 50 free to give the Miners a 31-30 lead at the diving break.
Smith and Noriega finished first and second in the 100 butterfly to get the second part of the meet going. Stratton won the 100 freestyle for the Miners. It was the 200 free relay that opened the meet up for the Miners. The relay team of Stratton, Jared Gonzales, Noriega, and Smith won while the team of Alec Newman, Michael Garcia, Carlos Ortega, and James Duarte finished third.
Backstrokers Taylor Woods and Michael Garcia finished first and second in the 100 backstroke. The Miners sealed the win by winning the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Woods, Stratton, Bribiescas, and Smith.
The Miners have completed their dual meet portion of the schedule. The girls finished with a 5-6 record and the boys finished with a record of 11-2. Miner Swimmers will be competing in the Southern Arizona Regional Qualifier Meet on Nov. 1 (2 p.m.) and Nov. 2 (9 a.m.) at Canyon Del Oro High School. Miner Swimmers will compete against approximately 20 teams from Southern Arizona in hopes of achieving state championship meet qualifying times.