Fri, July 19

Mingus swimmers do best against the best
Marauders all post great times

Swimmers prepare for a race at a meet Mingus hosted earlier this year at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center. VVN/Sean Morris

Swimmers prepare for a race at a meet Mingus hosted earlier this year at the Cottonwood Aquatics Center. VVN/Sean Morris

The Mingus swim team set a slew of personal records over the weekend as they competed against the best competition in the state at the Brophy Invitational.

All the Mingus swimmers who competed set at least one personal record at the gigantic meet that hosted 51 teams and around 1,500 athletes from all over the state.

Mingus showed up to do their best against the best, just like Head Coach Erin Estes predicted. Estes said she couldn't have asked for more.

"It was phenomenal," said Estes. The swimmers made her proud.

Assistant Coach Tyler Novak was amazed at how huge the meet was and he was also proud of the Marauder performances.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Novak. "It was like a tent city full of swimmers. Our kids did really well, especially under those conditions. When there's so many swimmers, sometimes it takes all day for it to be your turn, and it was 110 degrees down there. For them to turn it on like they did was really impressive. It says a lot."

The meet was held at the Brophy Sports Campus and the pool is 50 meters long by 25 meters wide. For the meet over the weekend, they split the pool in half, making two 25 by 25 squares, with boys on one side and girls on the other.

The meet attracted the best talent in the state, and Arizona is a great state for swimming.

Novak said one of the Desert edge swimmers qualified for the Olympics. It was none other than 6-foot-7 Tyler Messerschmidt.

The Mingus team posted great numbers too.

In the 200 freestyle, Franchesca Settanni (9), Abi Hillman (10), and Liz Furphy (12) all PRed.

Freshman Courtney Warner swam her best time ever in the 200 IM. Next was the 50 free where all three Mingus girls went under 30 seconds. Aly Dorris (12) led the way with Jamie Adams (12) and Lacy O'Connell (10) close behind.

Katheryn Knowles (9) dropped a second in the 100 fly. In the 100 freestyle,

O'Connell PRed along with Monica Soliz (9).

Dorris swam her fastest backstroke and Madison Spude (11) dropped a second in the breaststroke.

Although none of the boys qualified individually, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay teams both made it. Setting personal records for the boys were Braxton Luttrell (11) in the 200 free. Austin Hinshaw (11), Connor Hutchins (11) and Nick Adams (9) all PRed in the 100 free. Adam Sandoval (12) dropped almost 2 seconds in the breaststroke while Mikiel Block continues to drop his butterfly time.

Mingus swimmers can't rest on their laurels because there's no guarantee that some other swimmer in another meet might not bump them out of the top 24.