By: Sarah Niezgodzki
Starting the season with a splash, the Agua Fria swim team went against Moon Valley and Greenway High School on Thursday, August 30th at David C. Uribe Pool in their first meet of the year!
The girls team took first place in 8 events and swept in the relays, ending up with 147 points and winning the tri-meet overall! The ladies were led by senior swimmers Rachel Johnson, Sam Uglow and Sarah Niezgodzki.
Several underclassmen also did an amazing job, including Sophomore Nadia Kostic who took first place in her 100 breast as well as Freshman Raven Roberts who placed first in her 50 and 100 free.
When asked about her first high school swim experience, Raven said it felt good and that she feels “the season will go well.” At the meet, she swam the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. She did really well in her 100 butterfly, but she said that freestyle is her best and favorite stroke.
Although the boys swim team did not take first, they did earn a total of 81 points, which made the whole team proud considering there were only eight boys at the meet, four of them being completely new to the team and to the sport in general. Juniors Anthony Soliz and Matthew Hirsch stood out, placing first in both of their individual events.
Anthony Soliz was pleasantly surprised by the end of the meet saying that there were “more good outcomes than he expected because a majority of the team are new swimmers.” He is confident by the next meet him, and the whole team, will be even more prepared than they were on Thursday. Much like Raven, freestyle was his best stroke, placing 1st in both his 50 and 100 freestyle with plenty of space between him and his competitors.
I had the chance to sit down and talk with Coach Schober, who is very excited to see how this new season will turn out. This is her second year coaching, and she shared the same feelings as Anthony, saying that the “meet went really well considering we have so many new swimmers.” Schober said her and her co-coach Ms. Secor both have high hopes for the season and hope to take one boy relay and one girl relay to state.
Overall, the whole swim team had a ton of fun competing and bonding with their teammates and look forward to their next swim meet on September 13th at the Goodyear YMCA against Millennium and Desert Edge High School.