T-bird swimmers smoke Sidewinders

October 5, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The T-birds outscored the San Luis (Calif.) High School Sidewinders 351-141 during their final home meet of the season at Bullhead City Municipal Swimming Pool on Thursday afternoon.

The Mohave High School boys beat their counterparts 186-169, and the Mohave girls beat their foes 165-72.

“Today was a great meet for the kids in preparation for the state qualifier this weekend,” T-birds head coach Ed Catalfamo said.

The T-birds will travel to compete at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Valley Aquatic Center in Yuma in the Crim Swim, which will be hosted by Yuma High School.

Three T-birds earned two individual victories each during the dual meet.

Senior Chance Recker won the 200-meter individual medley freestyle in a time of 2 minutes, 49 seconds and the 100 backstroke at 1:17.24.

Sophomore Madelynn MacDonald won the 200-meter freestyle at 2:34.12 and the 100 butterfly at 1:23.56.

Freshman Caleb Riggs won the 200 IM at 2:56.36 and the 100 breaststroke at 1:21.40.

Riggs was also busy in the relay competition.

Recker, Riggs, senior Max Quinones and junior Nick Cabanillas won the 200 medley relay at 2:12.16.

Riggs, Cabanillas, Quinones and Recker won the 200 freestyle relay at 2:00.50.

Mohave’s 200 girls freestyle relay team, which is comprised of seniors Mikayla Barton, Monica Houltram and Gabriella Laurenza, as well as the sophomore, MacDonald, were victorious at 2:12.43.

The senior quartet of Houltram, Laurenza, Kendall Williams and Barton won the 400 girls freestyle relay at 5:01.96.

Mohave’s 200 girls medley relay team, which is comprised of Houltram, Williams, Barton and MacDonald, won at 2:28.18.

Catalfamo watched his senior swimmers compete in their last home meet.

“It’s been a pleasure watching their growth, not only as swimmers, but as leaders of the team,” said the eight-year Mohave head swimming coach. “We have a month to go and I look forward to these last few weeks with them.

“They have set high standards for the underclassmen.”

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