Though Maricopa High School’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams finished third in their first home meet of the season, they knocked personal best times and set some school records in the process.
“From last week to this week, we saw improvement, in almost every event,” coach Laura Logan said.
Freshman Katelyn Owens won the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.22, a school record by over 3.5 seconds. Logan said the time is .20 of the Division II provisional state cut.
Also talking first place was Olivia Byers in the 50 freestyle in 27.42 and the 100 free in 1:03.4.
The girls’ 200 free relay team of Owens, Eva Zavala, Emily Fauth and Byers set a school record by three seconds while finishing second in 2:04.57.
While finishing third, the 200 medley relay team of Sophie ZOcchiline, Owens, Byers and Zavala set a school record, again by three seconds, in 2:21.85.
Also taking third was Owens in the 200 individual medley, just 0.7 of a second off a school record. Au
bree Wittemann was third in the 200 free, and Zavala was third in the 50 free.
Overall, the girls scored 83 points to finish behind Valley Christian (117) and American Leadership (98).
On the boys’ side, Rafe Scoresby won the 200 free in 2:19.15. Connor Schrader won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.38. The 200 free relay team of Andrew Varga, Abel Rodriguez, Kian Carroll and Schrader took first place in 1:48.75.
In second place were Schrader in the 200 IM and Scoresby in the 500 free.
Swimming third were Varga in the 50 free, Carroll in the 100 free, Jayden Call in the 500 free, the 200 medley relay of Schrader, Joseph Lambert, Rodriguez and Varga, and the 400 free relay team of Rodrigez, Anthony Nelson, Victor Moreno and Scoresby.
American Leadership won the meet in 111. Valley Christian scored 95 and MHS 64.