LAKE HAVASU CITY — Lady Knights’ Katie Northover said the team’s goal at Thursday’s home meet with the Raiders was “to rule the pool.” The Knights did, staying undefeated on the on the season, but it wasn’t easy.
The Lake Havasu boys beat Yuma Cibola 167-141, and the Havasu girls won 184-121 to give Lake Havasu the team victory, 351-262, Thursday, at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center.
“They (Cibola) are not just going to roll over. This is an exceptional, competitive team and coach Rich (Richard McClure) has done a fantastic job with his squad,” said LHHS head coach Mike Parr.
Parr said the match up between the teams came at the right time for both.
“I think we both were in a little bit of lull. You could see it Tuesday, in Yuma. And that’s normal during a season,” Parr said. “But you could see today that both teams shook it off and found that competitive drive.”
Cibola took the win in eight of the day’s 22 events, with George Gould winning the 200-meter freestyle in 2 minutes 6.57 seconds and the 500M freestyle (6:16.81), Danny Russell-Cheung won the 100M butterfly (1:06.87), Anna Gould won the 500M freestyle (6:48.43), and Ryan Corbin (1:06.02) and Sarah Russell-Cheung (1:21.48) both winning the 100M backstroke.
Cibola also got wins from the boys 200M freestyle relay (1:46.88) and the girls 400M freestyle relay (5:07.59).
For Lake Havasu the wins came from Brianna Thorson in the 200M freestyle (2:38.95), Mickey Scharbrough (2:22.00) and Alex Johnson (2:42.33) in the 200 IM, Evan Fitzpatrick (25.72) and Courtney Barker (29.49) in the 50M freestyle, Barker in the 100M butterfly, (1:21.29) Tyler Hunnicutt (1:01.45) and Ali Barker (1:12.97) in the 100M freestyle, and Scharbrough (1:11.21) and Johnson (1:23.03) in the 100M breaststroke.
Havasu also got wins in the boys (2:00.84) and girls (2:24.10) 200M medley relay, the girls 200M freestyle relay (2:07.49) ad the boys 400M freestyle relay (4:07.57).
“Coach has been pushing hard in practice. And I think we wanted it more today. We wanted to stay undefeated,” said Fitzpatrick, who dropped six-tenths of a second in his 50M freestyle time.
The Fighting Knights have one more meet before regionals in Yuma, the annual Golden Anchor meet with Kingman, at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center, Wednesday. Lake Havasu has won the Anchor 10 out of the 11 years the two schools have held the rivalry meet.
“This is our last chance before regionals to get good seed times. So I know the swimmers are focused on what they need to do,” Parr said.
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