Miner Swimmers traveled to Amphitheater High School on Thursday, Oct. 10, to compete in a three team swim meet against Tanque Verde and Amphitheater High Schools. Both the Miner Boys and Girls won the meet.
The final scores for girls were: San Manuel 108, Tanque Verde 79, and Amphitheather 61. The final scores for the boys were: San Manuel 95, Tanque Verde 90, Amphitheather 50.
For the girls, it was tough to win a race at the meet. Three Girls (all Seniors) won races at the meet. Amara Apuron looked to be in great form winning the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle, while Nicole Primero won the 100 Freestyle and Cierra Austin won the 100 Breaststroke both by considerable margins. Team depth was the key to the win for the Miner Girls, in fact all the Miner swimmers finished in the top four in each event.
“We had a solid meet line up with no weaknesses,” Coach Alex Gort said. “It is very unusual to win a meet by over 30 points without winning a relay, but since every point was contested by swimmers like Mariela Canisales, Fernanda Vasquez, Megan Garcia, Angela Navarro, and Jazelle Sanchez, the outcome of the meet was never really in doubt.”
For the boys, things started off a little bit rough. In the opening event, the Medley Relay, the boys found themselves in a very tight battle only to have an illegal relay exchange get the team disqualified. In swimming, the next leg of the relay must have some part of their body touching the starting block when the incoming swimmer touches the wall. A good relay start has the swimmer in motion with only the toes touching the block as the incoming swimmer touches the wall. The difference between a great relay start and a disqualification is fractions of a second.
Finding themselves in a 14 point hole after the relay, Seniors John Bribiescas and Colten Smith led the comeback by winning four out of the next six events to tighten the score. A win in the 200 Freestyle Relay by Colbey Stratton, Jared Gonzales, Armando Noriega, and John Bribiescas was enough to tie up the score with Tanque Verde. Taylor Woods won the 100 Backstroke and Armando Noregia won the 100 Breaststroke giving the Miners a one point lead (81-80-42) going into the final event. The outcome of the meet was determined by the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Bribiescas, Stratton, Woods, and Smith who completed the comeback for the win.
“The adrenaline in a tight relay sometimes will cause swimmers to leave early on a relay exchange,” Gort said. “It even happens with world class swimmers (most recently at the World Championship in August for Team USA in the Men’s Medley Relay), and is part of the learning experience. It was great to see the team battle back to win the meet!”
The Miner Girls move to 4-6 on the season while the Miner Boys move to 10-2 on the season. Miner swimmers will be attending the Canyon State Academy Invitational Meet in Queen Creek on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.