Sea Lions bring home trophies from Prescott meet

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

swimming_0279.jpg

The winning Girls Relay team includes: Raquel Ortiz 13, Tabitha Kellam 10, Gianna Sweeney 12 and Darien Apuron 12. Jeanine Apuron | Submitted


swimming_0286.jpg

High Point Winners were: Gianna Sweeney 3rd (11/12 yr old), Tabitha Kellam 1st (9/10 yr old), Evan Apuron 1st (9/10 yr old) and Riley Stewart 3rd (9/10 yr old. Not pictured is Rocky Andrade 3rd (8 under). Jeanine Apuron | Submitted

Over the weekend of Jan. 10-12, the Sea Lions Swim Team competed at the Prescott Plunge Swim Meet at the indoor pool at Yavapai Community College. The meet featured 12 teams, most from Northern Arizona and the Sea Lions finished in second place overall with 577 points. Only the Sunwest Swim Team from Glendale was able to outscore the Sea Lions. Coach Alex Gort commented that finishing ahead of teams from Sedona, Flagstaff, and Prescott was a good achievement for a team from a community our size and bringing home our first USA swimming trophy was a proud moment. In addition to the team score, individual swimmers received trophies for high point scoring based on the number of points they earned in each individual event. Tabitha Kellam (10) won the 9-10 girls High Point trophy with a total of 88 points. Evan Apuron (10) won the 9-10 boys High Point trophy with a total of 86 points. Rocky Andrade (8), Riley Stewart (10), and Gianna Sweeney (12) each finished third in their respective age groups with 44, 58, and 62 points taking home third place High Point trophies.

Kellam and Apuron won a total of 15 individual events at the meet between them. Sweeney won the 200 and 500 Freestyle, Andrade won the 25 Fly and 25 Free, and Mason Stewart (8) won the 25 Backstroke. As is usually the case at swim meets, the most exciting races are the relays. The rules of this meet allowed for mixed relays (two boys and two girls) and that was the perfect recipe for the Sea Lions team. The Sea Lions won a thrilling 9-12 year old Mixed 200 Free Relay with team of Sweeney, Evan Apuron, Riley Stewart, and Darien Apuron. In the other ages where relays were competed, (8 and Under, and 13 and over), the Sea Lions found themselves near the front of the pack every time.

At any USA swimming sanctioned swim meet swimmers can qualify to swim in championship meets. Three swimmers achieved new State Championship qualifying times at the meet. Tabitha Kellam qualified in the 100-yard Butterfly and the 100-yard Individual Medley (IM). Riley Stewart qualified in the 100-yard IM, and Gianna Sweeney qualified in the 50-yard Butterfly. Evan Apuron qualified for the Western Zone Championship Meet (13 Western States) in the 50-yard Freestyle.

The Sea Lions practice in the Oro Valley pool during the winter months and in the San Manuel Pool in the warmer months. Anyone wanting more information about the Sea Lions Swim Team can contact Alex Gort at 896-2190.

admin (7699 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Sea Lions edge out Parkside Piranhas for 2017 Season Championship; Nevaeh Derrick named ‘Beast of the Week’

    23 hours ago
    by

      The Central Arizona League Championship Swim Meet was held at the Florence Aquatic Center on Saturday, July 22rd.  The […]


    Copper Area grads play in Senior Bowl

    July 20th, 2017
    by

      Football players, and members of the Class of 2017, from Superior, Ray and Hayden high schools accepted invites to […]


    Sea Lions win against Florence; Arianna Ervin named ‘Beast of the Week’

    July 13th, 2017
    by

      On Saturday, July 8, the Sea Lions Swim Team hosted the Florence Sharks in the Mammoth Pool.  The Sea […]


    Sea Lions win in Coolidge; Annie Nemons named ‘Beast of the Week’

    June 29th, 2017
    by

      The Sea Lions Swim Team competed against the Coolidge Dolphins at the Coolidge Pool on Saturday June 24.  The […]


  • Additional Stories

    Hayden-Winkelman Little League finishes second in regional tourney

    June 29th, 2017
    by

      The goal of reaching the State Little League Tournament came to an end for the Hayden All Stars Minors […]


    Sea Lions mark second win at home; Adrian Garcia named ‘Beast of the Week’

    June 22nd, 2017
    by

      The Sea Lions Swim Team hosted a swim meet in Mammoth against the Parkside (Florence Anthem) Piranhas on Saturday […]


    Local teams open Little League Minor All Stars games in Hayden

    June 22nd, 2017
    by

      The District 11 Minor Division Little League Tournament finally got started after a few changes to the bracket caused […]


    Wresting Andrade-style: It’s a Family Affair

    June 15th, 2017
    by

      Rocky Andrade (11) and his younger sister, Sakura Andrade (4), recently participated in a few USA Wrestling State events. […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger