Coed Swim & Dive

First Meet       2019

Swim Action vs Horizon & Arcadia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim Team Sparkles at State Meet

400 Freestyle Relay placed 13th on finals day! 

Kennedy Muhs - A.I.A. Division 3 - 500 Freestyle, 5th Place & 200 Individual Medley, 8th Place

 

On Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3, FHHS Swim was represented by a team of 4 girls who qualified for the Division 3 State Swim and Dive Championships at Phoenix Country Day School Pool. The Friday competition consisted of preliminary races to determine which teams would advance as members of the top 16 in the state. 

 

Friday the individual qualifiers were Grace Clark (freshman) in the 200 Individual Medley- Grace swam a great race and moved up from 24th place to 22nd place, but did not qualify for the finals on Saturday. However, a freshman qualifying for State is an exceptional accomplishment...

 

Senior Kennedy Muhs also swam in the 200 Individual Medley placing 12th after the prelims on Friday, which qualified her to swim in the Saturday consolation heat. 

 

Next up was the 400 Freestyle Relay - Kennedy Muhs, Grace Clark, Annika Clark, and Erin Morley, swam a great race improving their time by one full second and advancing to the Saturday consolation heat holding 14th place.

 

Saturday started out a bit crazy for senior Kennedy Muhs. She hopped in the pool for a pre-meet workout with coach, and then dressed to attend the band competition.  As a member of the FHHS Band, she competed at the 1:45pm state band competition.  After the competition, Kennedy jumped in the car and raced over to the pool at Phoenix Country Day School to compete in the 3:06pm 200 Individual Medley. She had a phenomenal swim, dropping 3 seconds, and placing 8th in the State in that event.

Next up was her finals heat of the 500 Freestyle. She paraded out with the other swimmers completely focused on her race. Swimming a gut wrenching race of 20 lengths of the pool, Kennedy finished 5th overall for Division 3 in the event. Kennedy is a competitor and fought to the finish. 

 

Kennedy was exhausted at this point but knew her 3 teammates were counting on her to swim with them and compete to establish a fast 400 Free Relay time that will stand in the FHHS Swim Team school records. Lead off swimmer Grace Clark swam the first leg with a personal best time of 59.36 and moved us in the lead. Erin Clark had a great swim of 1:04.85, and Annika Clark swam a 1:05, with both split times their personal best of the season. Kennedy swam the anchor leg and said prior to the race that, "I want to break 57.5," To start her leg, she had a good start, put everything she had into the swim, and recorded a personal best split of 56.77. 

 

The first year of FHHS swim team was a success. We established traditions, established new school records, and made history being a first year team making it to the Arizona State Swim and Dive Championships. We had tremendous support from parents, and the financial support of the community made it easy to focus on developing the athletes. I am excited that I was able to lead the first ever team of 23 student athletes. I look forward to the future that allows us to build on the successes of this season and develop the skills of those who are new to the sport.  We have many students who were new to the sport this year, and I expect that they will be future state qualifiers. Their hard work and dedication to the sport will payoff. I also want to thank my senior leaders for their input and support of our teams efforts. 

 

Patti Schultz

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