Despite having several swimmers gone on fall break, the Maricopa High School swim team hosted Poston Butte for its final dual meet Thursday and finished second.
Two of the boys and one of the girls took first place in their respective races at Copper Sky Aquatic Center. The Rams’ final scheduled competition is Oct. 18 at McClintock. The team will know if it has state qualifiers by Halloween.
“Coach Megan and I are tremendously proud of our swimmers,” head coach Laura Logan said. “They have worked hard, learned a lot and improved immensely.”
In the boys’ competition, Poston Butte scored 110 points while MHS scored 58.
Freshman Connor Schrader took first in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.01, the 33rd-best time in Division II, and in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.1. Nolan Ford was first in the 100-meter freestyle in 57.5.
Ford was second in the 100-meter backstroke and was part of the second-place 200-meter medley relay with Joseph Lambert, Connor Schrader and Kian Carroll.
Rams finishing third were Rafe Scoresby in the 200-meter individual medley, Chase Woodhouse in the 500-meter freestyle, Joseph Lambert in the 100-meter breaststroke, the 200-meter freestyle relay team of Ford, Woodhouse, Carroll and Schrader, and the 400-meter free relay team of Scoreseby, Egan Packard, Victor Moreno and Woodhouse.
In the girls’ competition, Poston Butte scored 96 points to the Rams’ 54 points.
Olivia Byers won two races – the 50 free in 27.2 and the 100 free in 1:03.1.
Rams finishing second were Emily Hollingsworth in the 200 free, Eva Zavala in the 100 breast, and the 200 medley relay team of Paige Hennigar, Zavala, Byers and Mandy Carroll.
Third place went to Zavala in the 50 free, Malia Kealhoa in the 200 free, Katelynn James in the 100 fly, the 200 medley relay team of Emma Carr, Hollingsworth, James and Kaitlyn Crean, and the 400 free relay team of Crean, Hennigar, James and Emily Fauth.
The boys’ and girls’ Rams teams have won one meet this year, a home swim against Combs Sept. 27. The boys won 88-78 and the girls 82-79.