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Sun, Jan. 26

PHS swim teams win region titles

Both Prescott High School swimming teams will enter the 4A-I State Meet this week as region champions.

The boys and girls both captured Wells Fargo-I Region team titles at Saturday's postseason meet in the Valley, punching tickets for 16 student-athletes to this week's State Meet at ASU.

The Lady Badgers found themselves barely challenged at regionals, winning 10 of 11 events behind Amy Muchna who won Swimmer of the Year honors.

"The girls really surprised me and probably themselves. They just dominated the whole time," said PHS head coach Brigid Bunch, the region's Coach of the Year. "The kids are over the moon, and they should be."

Muchna was a double-winner at regionals, claiming top honors both in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. She set a new school mark in the 500 free with her winning time of 5:38.54.

Megan Rickelman also won two events, earning region champion status in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle. She, along with Muchna, was part of two champion relay teams for Prescott, the 200 medley and the 400 free relay.

Individually, Amanda Schleicer took first in the 100 fly and first in the 200 IM. Caitlin Crujido was region champion in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys were equally hot in the pool.

The 200 medley relay foursome of Richard Schleicher, Corbin Joshu, Matt Muchna and Kurtis Haynes broke the school record by four seconds to capture first place at the region meet and are now ranked No. 3 in the state in that event.

Joshu swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and to second place in the 200 IM. Schleicher took first in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 55.58 seconds to break his own school record and improve his state ranking to No. 3 in the event. Schleicher also placed second in the 100 fly.

Haynes was region champ in the 500 freestyle, and took second in the 50 free, in which he set a new school record with a time of 22.96.

The boys' 400 free relay clinched first place behind the foursome of Kevin Knox, Muchna, Joshu and Schleicher. Individually, Muchna took second in the 100 fly.

Among the divers, Katie Hosler will join the swimmers at State after capturing third in regionals.

In all, 16 swimmers and divers representing nearly every competitive event will compete for an AIA title at the 4A-I State Meet starting Friday.

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