Mingus Swim prepares for state meet

Emily Dorris fires off the block in the 100 meter backstroke earlier this year. Dorris provisionally qualified in the 50 meter freestyle. She is also a part of the 200 meter freestyle and medley relay team the provisionally qualified as well. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

Emily Dorris fires off the block in the 100 meter backstroke earlier this year. Dorris provisionally qualified in the 50 meter freestyle. She is also a part of the 200 meter freestyle and medley relay team the provisionally qualified as well. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

COTTONWOOD- As the Mingus Swim and Dive team prepares for states on November 6 and 7 the Marauder have competed in three invitationals over the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, the Marauders faced off with Bradshaw Mountain, Flagstaff and Fredonia at Bradshaw Mountain High School.

On October 17, the Marauders traveled to the Pitchfork Thunder Invitational at Arizona State University. The boys placed third at the meet behind two 1st places finishes from senior Sean Williams in the 100 and 50 meter freestyle. The girls placed second at the meet behind performances from Emily Dorris, Emily Grasso, Anissa Zorrilla Rylie Burke, and Hannah Arwine, said Coach Gretchen Wesbrock. The Marauders traveled to Mesa for the Craig Cummings Invitational. The Marauders turned in several personal records. Josh Holcombe in the 100 meter freestyle, Jonah Bramblett in the 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke swam their best times yet for the boys. For the girls, Emily Dorris (100 meter backstroke) Rylie Burke (100 meter breaststroke) Emily Grasso (100 meter freestyle) and Danni Schultz set her own personal records in the 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke.

Wesbrock also said that Sean Williams, Caleb Furey, Dallin Gordon, Fletch Fangman, and Hannah Arwine all turned in great swims as well for the Marauders.

The Marauders brought the least amount of swimmers to the Bradshaw Mountain meet and it showed. In the combine scores the Marauders came in last with 162 points, while Flagstaff finished with 194, and Bradshaw came in first with 234.

"It was a great meet with Mingus having the fewest number of swimmers but truly holding our own.  It was a wonderful way to finish our season," Wesbrock said.

Mingus will now prepare for the state meet on November 6 and 7 and have already had swimmers qualify. Williams has qualified for the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. Caleb Furey qualified for the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter breaststroke. To round out the automatic qualifiers for the boys, the medley and 200 meter freestyle relay teams, which include swimmers, Sean Williams, Caleb Furey, Dallin Gordon and Fletch Fangman.

On the girl's side of the pool, Emily Dorris provisionally qualified in the 50 meter freestyle. The medley and 200 meter freestyle relay teams provisionally qualified as well. Dorris will have to wait until after next Saturday to see if she is in the top 32 swimmers.

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