Three swimmers from Lake Havasu qualified for the Division II State Championship. However, none of the three advanced past the preliminary round of competition on Thursday in Mesa.

“Our goal was to make it to state,” said head coach Guilia Dickinson. “We focus our training on regionals and anything after that is a bonus. The swimmers at the state level are just so fast.”

Dickinson said the level of competition was similar to what Lake Havasu saw at its state qualifying meet in Chandler last month.

Junior Evan McMillian competed in both the boys’ 200 meter individual medley and the 500 meter freestyle, but was unable to place within the top 16 times.

Freshman Darren Tott recorded a personal best in the boys’ 100m butterfly, while sophomore Aubrie Carver was named as an alternate for the girls’ 100m breaststroke but did not compete.

“It’s so hard to compete with the Phoenix schools,” said Dickinson. “They have 30 or more of their kids swimming year round, while we only have four. By sheer volume, we struggle to compete.”

Despite this being the smallest group Dickinson has brought to state in some time, she is confident in the direction her program is headed.

“We were very young and that plays well for the future,” said Dickinson. “At times, we struggled but they should be proud of what was accomplished.”

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