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BCHS Swim & Dive ready for State Championship swim meet

11/7/2015

Jessica Watts
Staff

ANTHEM – The Boulder Creek High School swim and dive team have high hopes for the State Championship swim meet after having a successful regular season. The swim and dive team have won two invites, including the Charger Invite with 17 teams. Adding to those wins, the boys’ team is also undefeated, according to head coach Scott Newell.

The girls’ team also has had tremendous success, losing to Chaparral High School, the defending State Champions by one point, but they made up for it this past weekend.

Both the girls’ and boys’ teams placed first at last weekend’s regional meet.

“We have had 24 swimmer and divers who have already qualified for state,” Newell said.

This is Newell’s fourth season with the Jaguars, and the team has broken quite a few records this season. Newell’s goal for the team is to win state.

“We have some relays that are ranked in the top and it would be cool to get them on the podium,” Newell added.

Even though the boys’ team is undefeated, Brophy College Preparatory is the team to beat this year, according to Newell.

“This year we will be in the mix to try and get second or third, but next year we will see if our boys can take a run at State Champions,” said Newell. “There is a big group of junior boys that have all stuck with it. They are really going to be good this year and hopefully even better next year,” Newell added.

There were three team captains picked by their teammates this year: seniors Madison Kemnitz, Emily Martin, and Austin Robertson. Kemnitz was happy and excited to be able to lead the team this year.

“Each of us have been really good friends throughout high school, so it is great to be picked by my friends,” Kemnitz said.

Kemnitz went on to say that the team has been really strong this year and they have broken a lot of records, and the boys have broken records that have been in place for over nine years.

One of the biggest accomplishments for the Jaguars is winning all of their dual meets, along with the Northwest Regional Invite.

“It really shows the depth in our team and how great we have been in the season,” Kemnitz said.

With the state meet coming up next Friday and Saturday, the team is looking to place higher than they have in previous years. The state finals will be held at Skyline Aquatics Center in Mesa on Nov. 6 and 7, if you want to come support the Jaguars and their successful season.