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Mingus takes on Verrado in first meet of season

Mingus swimmer Gunner Tillemans participates in the 500m freestyle which he won while teammate Sean Williams lets him know how many laps he has left while cheering him on. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

Mingus swimmer Gunner Tillemans participates in the 500m freestyle which he won while teammate Sean Williams lets him know how many laps he has left while cheering him on. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Swim and Dive team competed for the first time in their 2015 campaign Thursday night facing off with the Vipers of Verrado.

Head Coach Gretchen Wesbrock said Verrado was a much larger team than Mingus but the Marauders still competed and brought home some personal bests for some of their swimmers and also had some incredible swims.

The Girls team finished with a score of 39 to match a Verrado score of 143 while the Boys had a final score of 64 and the Verrado Boys finished with a score of 110, making the total team score 253-103 Verrado.

The Marauders had a lot of first time competitors in the pool and first time competitors at the high school level.

For the girls, sophomore Robin Rogers competed for the first time in the pool in one individual event and two relays for the Marauders. Freshman Rylie Burke, Sierra Romero and sophomore Madison McQuaid competed for the first time at the high school level.

Burke saw time in the pool competing in the 200 IM and the 100m butterfly, and her classmate Romero competed in the 200m freestyle swim and teamed up with a couple teammates for two relays. McQuaid saw action in two relays for the Marauders.

Other high points for the girls team was sophomore Skylar Mohr placing third in the 200m freestyle and the 500m freestyle. Mohr set a personal best in the 500m freestyle beating her time from last year by more than 16 seconds. Senior Emily Dorris and freshman Hannah Arwine both finished third in the 50m freestyle swim for the girls as well.

As Wesbrock predicted before the beginning of the season she was right when predicting senior Sean Williams and sophomore Gunner Tillemans could possibly do something special this year as they both accomplished that. Williams continued his winning ways after last year taking home the 50m and 100m freestyle in the Marauders first meet of the year setting a personal record in the 50m freestyle with a time of 22.58.

Sophomore Gunner Tillemans was another winner for the Marauders as he took home both the 200m and 500m freestyle for the Marauders. Freshman Fletch Fangman also had a successful day for the Marauders placing second in the 200 IM and the 100m breaststroke. Fangman, Williams and Tillemans were joined by freshman Dallin Gordon who was competing in his first meet at the high school level to win the 200m freestyle relay.

Gordon also competed in another relay and two individual events as well.

For the Marauders senior Josh Holcome saw his first action at the high school level competing in one individual event and two relays. Mingus Divers also competed for the first time under the direction of Coach Kyle Lathom.

The diving program is new to Mingus this year, and Wesbrock hopes it is something that will carry on into the future.

Mingus jumps into the pool again on Tuesday September 8, when they travel to Coolidge to face off with Coolidge and Gilbert Christian at 4 p.m.

The Marauders will be at home again on September 15, when they face off against rivals Sedona, as well as Northland Prep Academy at 4 p.m.

This will be their last meet before heading to Chandler to compete in their first qualifying meet of the season.

The Wolves Classic will be held at the Chandler Pool at 350 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler.

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