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Sports Gallery June 22, 2012

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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.

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Pikes to host Prescott at Taylor Pool

Coach says Pirates will test skills of Payson swimmers

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.

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Pikes open swim season vs. Sedona at Taylor

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.

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