Boys Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · Swimming Their Way To State


By: Sarah Niezgodzki

OwlFeed Journalist

Photo Credit: Ms. Secor

On Thursday, September 13th the Agua Fria Swim Team faced off against our sister schools at the Goodyear YMCA. This was a highly anticipated meet of the swim season. The tri-meet included three schools in the Agua Fria School District: Millennium, Desert Edge and of course Agua Fria.

Senior Rachel Johnson finished 1st in both of her individual events, making the Tigers look beatable. Senior Sarah Niezgodzki took 2nd in the girls 500 free and got a personal best time. Overall the ladies looked great and are looking forward to taking a relay to state.

Alexis Charles stepped up at the meet and took the place of another swimmer in the girls 500 free, although she was not supposed to swim the event. She said she felt “nervous and didn’t want to do it” because it was her first time swimming this event, but was happily surprised when she got such a great time.

The boys team also had some high level finishes. Junior Matthew Hirsch took 2nd in both of his individual events and Nick Sharos took 2nd in the 100 free. Sharos said he “felt his 100 free was [his] best event” because he went a best time of :57 seconds.

Freshman Joey Vormelker was the only Agua Fria diver to compete, this also being his first time ever competing in diving, and the whole team was proud to see that he also took 1st in his event.

The Owls swim team also went to their first invitational on Saturday Sept. 15 in Chandler where Raven Roberts accomplished provisional state qualifying times for both her 50 freestyle and her 100 freestyle and Rachel Johnson achieved automatic state qualifying times in both her individual events. The girls team also accomplished provisional state qualifying times in both the medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

The boys team did not disappoint either. Anthony Soliz got a personal best in both the 100 free and 50 free. Both Coach Secor and Coach Schober are proud of how the team is improving.

Rachel Johnson, Sarah Niezgodzki, Sydnee Messerschmidt, Chase Sherman, Alexander McAnerney, and Anthony Soliz were also all very happy to be crowned, quite literally, the captains of the swim team this season.

Next week the team swims against the Buckeye Hawks and are hoping to improve their records with another win!