Mingus swimmers look to progress early in the season

Mingus junior Sean Williams said he could did better than how he did last meet. VVN/ Vyto Starinskas

Mingus junior Sean Williams said he could did better than how he did last meet. VVN/ Vyto Starinskas

The sport of swimming is an individual sport. But there is still a team aspect to it. The Mingus Union High School swimming team is hoping to be good in both this season.

The Marauders have had two meets so far. The first was at home against Flagstaff High School and Arete Preparatory Academy. The second was against North Pointe Prep and Bradshaw Mountain at Bradshaw Mountain. Head coach Gretchen Wesbrock said she thought her team performed well.

"I thought they did fantastic," Wesbrock said. "Our boys, they finished third. We took eight boys, because that's what we had. They held their own against easily between the other two teams, 40 other guys. Our guys were swimming two events each two relays each. Sometimes back-to-back. Point wise, they weren't that far behind."

Mingus girls swimmers were able to place second in the Bradshaw tournament.

"Speed wise, this team is fast," she said. "Depth wise, we have what we have."

She added that junior Sean Williams on the boys side swam very well. On the girls side, Wesbrock said senior Leah Mount performed well. Another impressive boy swimmer is freshman Gunner Tillemans.

"I tell you he's going to give the upperclassmen a run for their money," Wesbrock said.

On Tuesday, the Marauders will swim at Prescott.

"What I told my swimmers is, for me, it's not about going and winning or losing against other teams," Wesbrock said. "It's about them swimming their personal best. I want them going in and working hard and doing the best they can, because, ultimately we are against the clock. And I want them to go and be able to qualify for state and have that experience."

She added it's important for the team not to get too tired especially since the team has small numbers.

"I have a plan for the season as far as practices go," Wesbrock said. "So I know the plan, I have a vision. As far as going into meets, swimming two events and two relays, not unheard of. There's nothing that will make them too tired too early. We definitely have a plan in place."

Williams is one Mingus swimmer who has gotten off to a good start. Williams said he thinks his performance in the last meet wasn't his best.

"I thought I could do a lot better," he said. "I had back-to back events and I was expecting a break in between. But they didn't have a break. So, I was thinking in my head that I wasn't going to do very well. So I think I can do better."

Williams mentioned he placed first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 100 fly.

He added for him getting ready for the meet on Tuesday is simple.

"Just listen to the coach and train as hard as I can."

Mount said she also thinks she can swim better, despite placing first in the events she was in.

"I think I did OK," Mount said. "It's still the start of the season, so that gives me hope.

She added she was impressed with the overall performance of the girls swim team.

"We got second, which is awesome because we only brought 12 girls," Mount said. "Compared to the other teams' 20-30."

She said it's not necessarily a bad thing to have much fewer swimmers compared to other schools.

"It's challenging," Mount said. "But it's a lot of fun. We get to challenge ourselves."

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