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A win for Havasu swim

September 28, 2018

The Lake Havasu swim team took first in combined team scores over rival Mohave and Yuma Kofa in its meet at the Aquatic Center on Wednesday.

As separate teams, the boys took first and the girls placed second just seven points behind Mohave.

Kofa gave Havasu some trouble in some events but because they did not have a lot of athletes to compete toward the team scores, it was mostly a battle between the Knights and Thunderbirds.

“We had a bye-week last week and that always makes the week coming back a little harder,” Lake Havasu coach Giulia Dickinson said. “We’ve been practicing without any instant gratification but because of that we did well.

“Mohave is always a really good match up and it was again (on Wednesday). It was back-and-forth.

“They tend to have more sprinters on a general basis then we do. But our distance swimmer tend to be stronger than theirs. So it was a good mix.”

The boys 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams continued to dominate by winning in their respective events.

All three of those relay teams have provisionally qualified for the state tournament. While Wednesday’s meet was not a state qualifier, Dickinson said their performance acted as a good practice for state qualifiers to come.

Individually for the boys, Parker Kross and Michael Johnsen won in the freestyle events. Evan McMillian took first in the individual medley. Nicholas Rizzo won the 100 butterfly and AJ Alexander finished first in the 100 backstroke.

“Our times actually got a lot better,” Kross said. “We dropped a lot of time. Everyone just swam really good and it was nice to have everyone out there supporting us.”

On the girls team, Irene Little won the 100 butterfly, Victoria Brubaker took first in the 100 breaststroke and Kelsee Snead won the 400 freestyle for their individual wins.

The Knights will look to keep the success alive when they hit the road again on Thursday for a meet against Kingman and Lee Williams at 4 p.m. in Kingman.

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