By: Jimena Chavez and Alex Vasquez
The Agua Fria Swim team has been gliding steadily into the 2019 -2020 season with a great start, facing Millenium, Desert Edge and Canyon View along the way at various pools across the district.
This is a young, new team maturing into their roles as the swim season is undergoing. “The team has several young athletes that have stepped up as leaders this season and show their dedication to the team,” said Coach Secor. “The young team has lots of hard-working athletes that consistently attend practices who are dedicated to improving their times and aiming for State.”
Young athletes such as Raven Roberts, a great performer and a great addition to the team is “hoping for a repeat performance this year at state.” Another young athlete, Aspen Charles who is a dual-sport athlete, runs cross country in the morning and swims in the afternoon. The majority of the team has high standards out of the pool and in school.
The dedication of the team is strong, with young athletes ready to start their path here on the Agua Fria swim team, with great figures to look up to.
Anthony Soliz and Sydnee Messerschmidt, seniors, great leaders and role models for the young team. “They lead by example, they are reliable,” Coach Secor said aabout how they are two prime examples of great leaders. They help the team improve in and out of the pool.
Everyone is excited for the season, although some of the team are still developing to stay strong in tough situations. “They get caught up in the negative parts of their day and the difficulties of swimming,” said Coach Secor, hopeful that as the team gets into more and more meets that “some of the negativity subsides.”
As they get deeper into the season the team sets their sights on State.
The team is looking forward to what they call “invite season,” this is the big meets where anyone can qualify for state. Raven Roberts, Anthony Soliz and Nick Sharos are some of the Owls that have state qualifications in their sight. “I am also hoping that my swimmers begin to believe in themselves more and soak up each moment they have together as a team,” said Coach Secor.
The season has sped by and before we know it, the last meets and state qualifiers will close, leaving only the best left, so support your Agua Fria swim team as they give it their all.