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2010 Fall All-Courier Teams: Prescott High's Meghan Scott and Mason Burchfield named boys and girls prep swimmers of the year

For the second straight year, Prescott High's Meghan Scott proved she was the area's most outstanding female prep swimmer.

Scott, a senior, was named the 2009 All-Courier girls prep swimmer of the year after she made a deep run at the 4A, Division I state meet, finishing in third place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 11.69 seconds and fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:19.47.

This past season, she was the only Prescott-area girl to qualify for the 2010 state meet and performed well against stiff competition, placing in the top 25 in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second-consecutive season.

For her exceptional performance in the pool, Scott along with male swimmer, PHS junior Mason Burchfield, have earned the honor of being named The Daily Courier's 2010 prep swimmers of the year.

Prescott High coach Brigid Bunch said, having Scott on the team has been a real joy and she will be greatly missed, as she was one of the most versatile swimmers she has ever coached.

"Meghan can swim any event," Bunch said.

Scott's best events were the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley. She will graduate PHS holding multiple school records in both events as well as many others.

Bunch described Scott as fun loving, easy going and likes to be considered one of the guys, as she challenged her male counterparts in practice on a weekly basis.

Scott, the team's captain, is also a remarkable student. She has a 4.0 grade point average and plans on attending college, as she would someday like to be a veterinarian.

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Burchfield, one of Prescott High's most dedicated athletes, has been swimming for more than 10 years and his hard work is starting to pay off.

"We had great relays this year," Bunch said. "Mason consistently came up big for us."

Burchfield, along with teammates Grant Temple, Daniel Schleicher and Charles Miller, the 2009 All-Area male swimmer of the year, had great success at the 2010 state meet.

The four boys finished 15th in the 200-yard medley relay and 13th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Burchfield had split times of 25.4 seconds in the medley relay and 49.6 seconds in the freestyle.

In addition to fairing well at the state meet, Burchfield also broke Prescott High's 200-yard freestyle record in October, which had been standing since 2006. He finished the race with a time of 1:52.47.

"It was incredible for him to take that on as a junior," Bunch said. "It was pretty impressive."

The junior consistently went above and beyond what he was asked to do, practicing early in the morning for an hour everyday before school, which is not mandatory.

"Mason works hard every day, is very dedicated and leads by example," Bunch said.

Bunch described Burchfield as the "quiet kid, who doesn't say much, but when he does, it's really funny".

Besides swimming, Burchfield also enjoys climbing and backpacking. He plans on attending college after his senior year and hopes to be able to walk onto a collegiate swim team.

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