Maricopa High School swimmers showed marked improvement in their re-match with Apache Junction in a Tuesday meet hosted by Saguaro.
That included two more school records.
“The first meet of the season we had a tri-meet that involved Apache Junction, and our girls finished third behind AJ by 26 points,” head coach Laura Logan said. “Last night we finished second, ahead of AJ by nine points. The depth of our girls really stepped up and made the difference.”
The Rams did not win any events on the girls’ side but did come away with three second-place and five third-place finishes.
Olivia Byers was second in the 100-meter freestyle, Sophie Occhiline was second in the 500 free, and Kaitlyn Crean, Emily Fauth, Emily Hollingsworth and Aubrey Witteman combined to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Third-place finishers were Witteman in the 200 free, Katelyn Owens in the 200 individual medley, Byers in the 50 free, Katelynn James in the 100 butterfly and Fauth in the 500 free.
Saguaro won the meet with 134 points. MHS scored 85, and AJ had 76.
On the boys’ side, Saguaro won with 143 points, MHS had 79 points and AJ 65.
Connor Schrader won the 200 free in 1:56.25, a new MHS record. He finished second in the 100 free in 50.77, another school record.
“Connor set another two school records, bringing his season total to four new school records,” Logan said. “Just as the girls, the depth of our team is what helped secure our second-place finish.”
Also scoring second place was Rafe Scoresby in the 200 IM.
Third-place finishers for the Rams were Victor Moreno in the 200 IM, Abel Rodriguez in the 100 fly, Scoresby in the 500 free, Bryan Perez in the 100 backstroke, Joseph Lambert in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay team of Andrew Varga, Jayden Call, Perez and Scoresby.