Pikes Open Swim Season Vs. Sedona At Taylor

Catalina Copeli outraces the competition, in any stroke she happens to be using. Her natural ability shines through as she races to the finish line at the Sedona Payson swim meet.

Catalina Copeli outraces the competition, in any stroke she happens to be using. Her natural ability shines through as she races to the finish line at the Sedona Payson swim meet. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Coach Sean Ford

The 2012 version of the Payson Pikes Swim Team debuted June 16 with a performance first-year coach Sean Ford is lauding as exemplary.

“We did really well,” he said about the season opener at Taylor Pool against Sedona. “We had quite a few (swimmers) win most of their events.”

For the meet, the Pikes had about 20 team members compete, as did Sedona.

In the meet, which was recreational, no team score was kept, but medals were awarded to top finishing swimmers.

Catalina Coppelli, Kendyll Haught, Mariah Heintze and Abby Ballou were among the individuals cited by Ford for exceptional performances.

“Most of them won all their events,” he said.

Coppelli competed in the 11-12-years age group, Haught and Heintze were among the 7-8-year-olds participating and Ballou was in the 15-years-and-older division.

For the meet, the two teams competed in the traditional events including freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and an individual medley at varying distances from 25 to 100 yards.

Pikes practices for 11-years-and-older swimmers are held 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

In the 10-years-and-younger division, practices are 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. four days a week.

Next on the schedule is a June 30 clash vs. Prescott at Taylor Pool. The Pikes travel July 14 to the East Valley Invitational at Tempe McClintock Pool and on July 21, Payson hosts the Cottonwood Clippers.

The season wraps up July 28 at the Verde Valley Invitational in Cottonwood.

For home meets, warm-up is at 8:30 a.m. and competition begins at 9 a.m.

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