Pikes Swim Against Cottonwood Saturday

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Aquatic action returns to Taylor Pool June 30, with the Payson Pikes playing host to the Cottonwood Clippers.

Warm-ups begin at 7 a.m. and the competition tips off one hour later.

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Payson Pikes swim team prepares for Saturday meet against Cottonwood Clippers at Taylor Pool.

Pikes coach Wendy Ward said she expects 40 to 50 Payson team members to compete in the event.

The Clippers could bring to Payson an even larger number of swimmers.

The athletes compete in one of 12 age/gender groups from 6-years-and-up to 15-years-and-up.

The events include backstroke, freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and individual medleys.

Because the meet is recreational, no team score will be kept.

The meet will be the second of the summer season for the local splash squad. The Pikes opened the campaign June 16, also at Taylor, against the Bullhead City Barracudas.

Although the meet was a season opener and the young swimmers were still learning the nuances of the sport, Ward was pleased with the results.

"We did pretty well and were able to set some goals for our swimmers," she said.

Because both Payson and Bullhead City had a large number of entries in the 9-10-years girls division, as many as four heats had to be held in each event.

That allowed all team members from both squads to test their skills in most of the events.

"I think (the swimmers) enjoyed being in all races and not have to make a choice," Ward said.

In some meets, swimmers are restricted to the number of events they can enter.

"We try not to do that," Ward said.

Following the clash against the Clippers, the Pikes return to action July 7 against Sedona and July 14 against Camp Verde. The season wraps up with an intra-squad meet July 28.

All competitions are at Taylor Pool.

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