Miner Swimmers ready for season opener

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Members of the 2014 Miners Swim Team include from left, Colby Stratton (10), Will Newman (9), Michael Garcia (10), and Taylor Woods (11). Swimmers not pictured include: Jazelle Sanchez, Fernanda Vasquez, Elyssia Aguilar, Mariela Canisales, Victoria Ortega, Theresa Sweeney, Raya Woods, Jacob Christian, Alec Newman, and Robert Sweeney. Jeanine Apuron | Sea Lions

After several weeks of practices including morning practices before school, the Miner Swim Team is ready for their first test of the season at Canyon State Academy (Thursday, 3 p.m.).

The Boys team comes off an 11-2 season in 2013 and is looking forward to a competitive season with hopes of breaking some school records and getting some individuals and relays to the Division II State Championship Meet in November. Team Captain Colbey Stratton (sophomore) and Junior Taylor Woods were members of the 400 Freestyle Relay that set a school record last year and look ready to go even faster this year. Sophomore Michael Garcia (IM and Backstroke) and Junior Alec Newman (Freestyle and Breaststroke) return after a solid year in 2013. Three new swimmers to the team will likely be just what the Miners need. Freshman Will Newman is an accomplished USA Swimmer who has won a few State Championships at the age group level and is looking forward to the high school swimming experience. Sophomore Robert Sweeney has a good mix of strength and endurance, and Junior Jacob Christian is coming off a great summer season. Coach Alex Gort commented, “This group has a set some high goals and has been working hard to achieve them, I am excited about the season.”

The girls team comes off a 5-6 season in 2013. With four meets being decided by very small margins last year, the Miners are ready to see if they have what it takes to win more meets this year. The job will be tough after graduating four seniors from last year’s team, a group that holds nearly every school record. Under the leadership of Senior Captains Jazelle Sanchez and Fernanda Vasquez the team is starting to take shape. Juniors Mariela Canisales (Butterfly and Breaststroke) and Cita Sweeney (Freestyle) return with good stroke technique. Several new swimmers look to fill the voids left by graduation, Freshman Raya Woods brings considerable swimming experience and is joined by first year swimmers Junior Victoria Ortega and Freshman Elyssia Aguilar. Rebuilding after losing so many key swimmers is a challenge the girls team is ready for, and they saw the boys team do it last year successfully. Who knows, a few school records may be broken on the girls team also.

Staff (1293 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Workers Struggle in a Mining town

    March 25th, 2015
    by

    T T T he towns of Clifton and Morenci, Ariz. are located in Greenlee County. The Morenci Mining District in 1903 would become the site of labor unrest that would lead


    Kearny originally declared ‘hostile, uninhabitable’

    March 25th, 2015
    by

    Pinal Nugget Kearny’s roots began in the 1800s as legendary Arizona explorer Father Kino sought to convert the Apache Indian communities in the area to Christianity.


    Visiting Badger Springs and Agua Fria National Monument

    March 25th, 2015
    by

    A A A gua Fria National Monument was established by executive order in 2000 and at 70,900 acres contains over 400 archeological sites and four major prehistoric settlements.


    Getting Lost in the Copper Corridor

    March 25th, 2015
    by

    Can you guess where in the Copper Corridor this photo was taken? If you guessed Oracle, then you would be correct.


  • Stories Just For You

    Booster Club presents Tourney Champs shirts

    March 24th, 2015
    by

    Kearny – Ray Bearcat Booster Club presented the Ray 8th Grade Girls basketball team with tournament Champions shirts.


    Halfway through the season, Jr. Lady Bearcats 4-0

    March 24th, 2015
    by

    The Junior High Bearcats faced off against two teams from last year’s championships before the Spring Break.


    Ray and Superior basketball players earn All-Division Honors

    March 24th, 2015
    by

    Copper Area News After releasing its All-Section teams a few weeks ago, the AIA announced the All-Division IV basketball teams for the 2014-15 season.


    Education gets a leg up through local golf tourney

    March 24th, 2015
    by

    The Mammoth-San Manuel Education Foundation Golf Tournament was again a success raising money for the Foundation.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather