The Mingus Union Swim and Dive team opened the 2016 campaign Thursday night facing off against the Alhambra Lions, and Northland Prep. Due to weather, there was a delay in action of 30 minutes before they got down to business. When they did, the action saw the Marauders open up their home season with a win.
First victory of the season
Mingus scored 108 points vs. Northland Prep's 93 and Ahambra's 12 points. Mingus men had 58 points to Northland Prep's 41 points. Mingus women scored 58 points to Northland Prep's 50 points. The Marauders had not defeated Northland Prep Academy before.
Freshman rule the day
The Marauders had a lot of first-time competitors in the pool and first-time competitors at the high school level. Elle Gray, a freshman, assisted in the relays and swam in the 100 freestyle and Emma Mohr. a freshman, finished second in the 500m freestyle. Emma Warner, a freshman, took first place in the 100m breaststroke, and second in the 200 IM.
Luke Ritter is also a freshman is in his first year of swimming. He competed in two solo events and two relays and was third in the 100 backstroke.
Joseph Calhoon, another freshman, took second place in the 200m freestyle and first place in the 100m backstroke. Freshman Andrew Peterson took second in the 100m fly.
The Dive team also had first-time divers competing in high school diving competition; Stefan Robertson and Nick Lodico finished first and second. Female divers Autumn Stanton and Ashlyn Wingfield finished second and third place.
Further, Mingus divers Anthony Rodriguez, Stephan Robertson, Levi Parker, Nick Lodico, and Travis O'Donnal teamed up to compete in the 400m freestyle relay. Mingus divers compete for the first time under the direction of coach Kyle Lathom.
Other high points for the girl's team was junior captain Skylar Mohr placing first in the 500 freestyle with an eight-second drop in her time. She finished second in the 200m freestyle. Sophomore Hannah Arwine had a big day as she finished second in the 100m backstroke, and third in the 10m freestyle.
Fletch Fangman, Dallin Gordon, Andrew Peterson, and Gunner Tillemans, won the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle.
Fangman, a sophomore, finished second in the 100m freestyle with a personal best of 55:16 and second in the 100m breaststroke.
Gordon also took first place in the 50m freestyle and second in the 500m freestyle with a personal record as he broke the 6-minute mark.
Athlete of the Week junior captain Gunner Tillemans dominated as he won the 200 IM as he won a come from behind squeaker, and the 100m freestyle.
Rylie Burke, Emma Warner, Skylar Mohr, and Emily Grasso, finished second place in the 200 medley relay and first in the 200m freestyle relay.
Captain Emily Grasso won first place in the backstroke. Burke also finished third in 100m fly. Mingus Union new student Erin Morley finished third in the 100m backstroke.
New swimmers Auli Hanks and Jayla Santiago, along with diver Ashley Doerksen, finished third-place in the 400m freestyle relay.
"It was truly a team effort," swim coach Gretchen Wesbrock said. "Every swim made the difference. I am proud of these swimmers. I am proud of how these swimmers performed in the pool and even prouder of how they came together as a team and represented Mingus."
Mingus will be in the pool again on Thursday, September 8, when the Marauders return home to take on Saguaro, at 4 p.m.