|Senior Dylan Wilber shows off his wing span. VVN/Travis Guy|
The relay teams for Mingus Union's swim team continued to impress and dominate in Northern Arizona when three teams claimed top-honors at a four-way dual meet.
Hosting their second meet of the season, the Marauders welcomed Sedona Red Rock, Flagstaff and Fredonia High Schools to the outdoor pool at the Cottonwood Rec Center. Led by nine first-place finishes, both the boys and girls squads grabbed top honors. The boys won with 155 points, and the girls with 160. Sedona was nipping at the girls heels, only losing out on first by 5-points, but when the team scores were combined, the boys and girls that make up the Marauders totaled 315 points, 36-points ahead of the second place Scorpions.
"We're really trying to prepare for the qualifier that we're hosting on the 12th, so we're pushing some kids into some different events that they might not be completely comfortable in yet, just to get them some experience in a meet and some, trial by fire, if you will, before they start, so they have the experience of a competition of those events," head coach Brendon Kenney said. "But really, this was a big training meet for, a big preparation meet for a week form Saturday, the 12th."
The three relay teams to win their races were the boys' 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay and the girls' 200-yard medley relay. Both the boys relay teams were made up of Dylan Wilber, Jared Cutshaw, Caleb Furey and Sean Williams. While the boys have been consistently winning relays in smaller meets, they will soon get a chance to prove they are one of the best, if not the best, relay team in Northern Arizona come Oct. 12, when the Marauders host the Marauder Invite.
"Always to get first, that's always one goal," Wilber said. "Beat everyone else and get some PR's ... I didn't get a PR today, but it was pretty close, so it was all right."
The girls 200-medley relay team consisted of Kimberly Rogers, Shannon Knowles, Fran Settani and Leah Mount. Knowles and Mount were also the only two girls to win individual races. Mount in the 100-freestyle and Knowles won gold in the 200-freestyle.
"I think we did really good, I'm impressed by everybody, we did an awesome job," Knowles said. "We really started off good today, placing first and seconds."
Almost mirroring the girls, the boys' team had two individual winners as well. Williams and Furey each took home two first place finishes. Williams won the 50-freestyle and 100-butterfly, and Furey the 200-IM and the 100-breststroke.
"My first goal was to go under 23.5 in my 50-freestyle, and I did that. And then my second goal was to drop any time on the 100-fly, and I did that," Williams said. "I still think I can do better. I mean, I guess I'll never really be satisfied, but I feel pretty good about it."
Before the Marauders host what is essentially a Northern Arizona qualifying meet for state, they will hold another dual meet, this time against Coolidge High School on Oct. 10.
"It's about the team points that we're trying to put out there. But overall, I thought the meet was really good," Kenney said. "You can see there's a lot off good competition between all the teams that were here. Flagstaff was here and Sedona was here. Flagstaff and Sedona are going to be tough, we'll see how we do against them. They have some quality talent. Fredonia came in and swam very, very well. They're a small team, but they have some good swimmers as well. That invitational, on the 12th, is going to be, kind of, a dogfight. There's going to be a lot of teams fighting it out and trying to steal points here and there from each other, and we'll see how it turns out. "