Pikes To Host Prescott At Taylor Pool

Coach says Pirates will test skills of Payson swimmers

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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Payson Pikes swim team coach Sean Ford is predicting the Prescott Pirates team that travels to Taylor Pool tomorrow, June 23, for a dual meet will be a talented one that’s sure to test the skills of Payson’s swimmers.

The Pirates are a year-round United States Swimming Association-sanctioned team that has the advantage of an indoor pool to practice and compete in.

The Pikes are a summer-only recreational team, which means the Payson squad could be at a disadvantage.

Prescott coaches, however, will bring their younger and inexperienced swimmers to Taylor.

While the Pikes are not a year-round team, they do have several top-notch swimmers capable of competing on even terms with some of the best young swimmers.

Abby Ballou, Mariah Heintze, Kendyll Haught and Catalina Coppelli were among the Pikes who excelled last week in a season opener against visiting Sedona.

Ford, who was once a Pikes team member, expects the same group to carry the team banner against Prescott.

Warm-up is 8:30 a.m. tomorrow and competition begins at 9 a.m.

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

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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