Clippers beat heat, race to top-5 finish in Kingman

Swimmers from the Cottonwood Clippers and other Northern Arizona swim clubs, dive off the platform at the Sedona Splash. Recently, The Clippers came in fourth at the Dick Tomlin Invitational in Kingman. VVN/Travis Guy

Swimmers from the Cottonwood Clippers and other Northern Arizona swim clubs, dive off the platform at the Sedona Splash. Recently, The Clippers came in fourth at the Dick Tomlin Invitational in Kingman. VVN/Travis Guy

The common theme of last weekend's sports was the heat. From the baseball and softball fields to the swimming pool, clubs battled the heat to put on a strong showing.

For the Cottonwood Clippers swim team, they traveled to Kingman for the Dick Tomlin Invitational and swam to a second place finish for the girls (242 points) and the boys finished fourth with 88.5 points, leading to a team finish of fourth place (382.5), despite temperatures being well above 100-degrees.

"[It was about] 110," said Clippers head coach Micah Nevarez. "It did affect some people, it did affect some kids. It affected the families, it affected me, because you have to stay under the shade and you've got to keep yourself hydrated. Even under the shade, you still get exhausted, just from the heat itself, so that always plays a factor into swim meets and people's ability to swim and what they're doing."

Because of the distance to Kingman and having to stay overnight, the Clippers showed up to the meet with about a quarter of the swimmers they took to the Sedona Splash, just 20 miles away, the previous weekend. Despite the smaller numbers, there were still standout swimmers, according to Nevarez, including some of the same from the Sedona Splash.

"The kids that did go, of course, we had ones that stood out and ones that had a really good meet overall," Nevarez said. "I was very pleased and happy with how the meet went, overall, with my kids.

"The kids that did really well, Emma Warner took a high-point [medal], Zoe Arwine took a high-point, she's our second-year swimmer, Kate Delaney, she took high point, she won all her races, she did a fantastic job. Those girls did really well."

Another group that continued to shine was the 9-12 relay team. The group took first in their race.

"There was only one relay per age group at Kingman. Our 9-10-11-12-[year-olds] took first; they did really, really well," Nevarez said. "It was a nice group of kids swimming them."

Following the holiday weekend, the Clippers B-team will return to their pool, July 8-9, for their mile swim fundraiser, then the whole team will square off against the Payson Pikes in a dual meet, at Taylor Pool in Payson, before returning to the outdoor pool at the Rec Center, July 15-16, for the remaining swim squads to do their mile swim. The Clippers season will come to an end 11 days later at the Verde Valley Invitational.

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