By: Alex Vasquez and Devin McKenzie
OwlFeed Sports Editors
Eagerly swimming for state times in Chandler on Friday, Oct. 18 and clashing in the district meet at YMCA, the AFHS swim team faced off against rivals Verrado, Desert Edge, Canyon View and Millennium on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Later they went up against Betty H. Fairfax and Camelback on Oct. 24, impressing coaches and stepping up the swim team is taking action as the season is coming to an end.
The young impressive swim team has been putting in their all, keeping their foot on the gas as the season is coming to an end. They are closing the gap between them and their competition, chasing state times.
As the invite in Chandler had taken off the team was looking forward to making a statement and hopefully getting the times they needed. As for Raven Roberts and Nadia Kostic, they improved their times. “Naila Kostic was a superstar for the ladies,” said Coach Secor.
Senior Anthony Soliz also had a great night as he is one step closer to a provisional time for state. Liam Nyguem, “a guppie” as coach Secor called him, as a younger athlete was given the chance to swim at the invitational, improving in his personal events and he had made his statement as he stepped up for the relay.
The team moved onto the next meet, the District meet. With many rivals and with the team ready to go, it was going to be a challenge.
The District meet took place at YMCA held by Agua Fria, also with the help of Men’s Volleyball the meet was set.
Working hard against rivals and giving everything they got, the Agua Fria girls finished in 3rd place while the boys had finished in 4th place out of 5 teams.
“Practice more on dives and sprints,” to improve for their next meet, said junior swimmer Nadia Kostic. “Focusing on the race environment,” said Nadia Kostic, it is something that kept them in the zone and was important for them in this meet.
Although the District meet did not go how they planned it to, they haven’t lost their focus. They haven’t given up and plan to finish the season at full speed.
The Owls Boys and Girls Varsity Swim Team had swum through with pride on Wednesday night’s swim meet. After a long battle against Camelback and Betty H. Fairfax, the Owl’s Varsity Swim Team had showed success once again as many of their swimmers outcompeted the opposing opponents as the girls varsity swim scored a total of 37 points, while the boys side scored a total of 71 points for a combined total of 108 points, completely dominating Camelback’s combined 21 points.
There had been many of its impressive moments from the game, with Adriana Fine improving her technique and perfectly swam a 100 freestyle. Mia Geraldo has shown improvement in her backstroke technique and has been getting faster each game, while Anthony Soliz has been improving his time on the 50 freestyle in an attempt to qualify for state!
Not only that the team has shown accomplishments and improvements, but the teammates showed a lot of heart as well. Matthew Hirsch volunteered to swim alongside Nick Sharos in the 200 I.M. Nadia Kostic decided to challenge herself by taking the two hardest events, which are the 200 I.M and the 100 butterfly. Many of the athletes including Ariana Ortega, Tanner Johnson, Joseph Saiz, Julianna Hernandez, and Sydnee Messerschmidt gave it their all and finished strong on their events.
As the Agua Fria Swim season is quickly coming to an end, many of the athletes with the team expressed their happiness and what they had accomplished throughout their games, including Wednesday’s game. “The best part from Wednesday was having fun with warmups and doing relays with my team,” sophomore swimmer Naila Kostic said.
Not only that the team showed success, the team is also looking for improvements to make before they move forward, such as dropping times next season in order to qualify for state. “One thing we should improve on is dropping our times next season so we can take state next year,” Naila Kostic said.
The Owls Boys and Girls Varsity Swim season is coming close to a grand finale, as they will have their final meet before going to Chandler, as the team will be competing against Alhambra and Central at the Goodyear YMCA Pool on October 31, 2019. We are wishing both the girls and boys athletes the best of luck as they will attempt to qualify for state. Let’s go Owls!