Pikes Swim Away With 11 Medals At Kingman Invitational Meet


A trio of Payson Pikes swim team members shined at the Kingman Invitational-Northern Arizona Long Course Championships Saturday in Kingman.

Tina Jackson, Shelby Bennett and Brooke Bennett joined forces to earn 11 top-10 medals while competing against the best swimmers in northern Arizona. Competing in Kingman's eight-lane, Olympic-sized pool equipped with electronic timers, Brooke Bennett was second overall in the 15-18 years division. Her younger sister, Shelby, finished as bronze medalist in the 13-14 years high-point trophy chase.

Brooke's accomplishments were second-place honors in the 200-meter individual medley (2:54.6), the 100 butterfly (1:20.78) and the 100 backstroke (1:18.65). In the 100 freestyle, she was fifth (1:14.32).

Shelby won the 100 backstroke (1:27.60), was second in the 200 individual medley (3:09.69) and third in both the 100 backstroke (1:25.37) and 50 freestyle (32.92).

Jackson's achievements were fourth-place laurels in the 100 breaststroke (1:43.65), ninth in the 100 backstroke (1:42.07), 10th in the 200 individual medley (3:53.16) and 23rd in the 30 freestyle.

The trio's stellar showings comes only one month after the group shined at the Grand Canyon State Games held at the Arizona State University Activity Center in Tempe.

There, Brooke Bennett paced the group by winning gold medals in the 100 butterfly, freestyle and back stroke.

Next up on the swim agenda is the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association state championship meet July 28 at ASU.

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