Sat, Dec. 07

With just a few weeks left, Mingus swimmers hope for big things

High school swimming season is about three weeks from State. Several Mingus Union High School swimmers are hoping to make it. Last Thursday, the team had a meet at Coolidge High School. The Marauders have two more meets before State.

Head coach Gretchen Wesbrock said some swimmers who have a chance to make it are juniors Sean Willams and Caleb Furey. Freshman Gunner Tillemens also has a good chance. On the girls side, senior Leah Mount looks like the strongest possibility.

The meet was a dual meet, just Mingus against Coolidge. Both Marauders boys and girls won.

"It was a great meet for the kids," said Wesbrock.

Wesbrock added she thought all Marauders boys swam well.

"Our boys across the board were fantastic," she said. "They won every event. The girls, they (Coolidge) actually had a quite a squad. Not size wise, but speed. The reason the girls won was really because of our depth. Leah (Mount) was the only one to win individually. But, we had girls coming in second and third, or second, third and fourth. It was really the depth that helped us."

Depth hasn't always been strength of the Marauders this season. There have been several meets this year where their opponents had more than double their amount of swimmers.

"It was a nice boost for the team to see that there are teams out there that are smaller than us," Wesbrock said.

On the girls side, one Mingus swimmer who performed well was senior McKenna Langley. In the Brophy Swim Invite in Phoenix, the Marauders meet before Coolidge, Langley recorded personal bests in the 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter freestyle. At Coolidge, she finished second in her one individual event and her team finished in first in the two relays she was in. Langley said she is happy with her season so far.

"This is my first year doing these two events," she said. "I've dropped a lot of time. I'm proud of that."

Langley added that hard work has lead to her success.

"Gretchen (Wesbrock) works us harder than previous coaches," she said.

On the boys side, Marauders sophomore David Briggs swam strong. In the Brophy Invite, Briggs had a personal best in the 100-meter butterfly. He dropped five seconds from his previous best time. Briggs added it was simple how he did much better.

"Hard practice," he said.

Briggs said he also did well in the meet against Coolidge.

"I was a little tired because of my other races," he said. "I did pretty good."

He added that the 100 meter butterfly is his best event. He also competes in the 200- meter freestyle.

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