Returning swim and dive team increasing competition in new season

Last fall the swim team left the Arizona State Championship with the boy’s placing 9th and the girl’s team, 11th. This year, swim is aiming even higher.

The team remains undefeated in the 2017-18 season. On Sept. 21, the Pumas beat the Corona del Sol Aztecs, 221-150.
Sophomore Kalli Fama, a former competitor in state and returning varsity swimmer, is familiar with competition among her fellow peers.

Her freshman year, she finished second in state in her preferred stroke, the 100-yard back.

“I want to win the 100 back,” she revealed, “my goal is to win state champion this year.”

The team has been training hard with the assistance of a second coach, Barkley Perry, an Olympic trial semi-finalist from Arizona State University.

“I feel like we’re closer this year”, Fama admitted, “We’ve really benefiting from [Barkley’s help].”

Senior Tai Combs acknowledged the intensity of the season, “[Barkley] is an amazing swimmer and and amazing coach”, he expressed, “he’s been really tough on us, but in a good way.”

In his last season of high school swim, Combs is striving to beat his sixth-place record from state last year.
The dive team shares similar prospects with that of swim.

“As a whole, my girls have been dominating their opponents!” Coach Keddi Murrish beamed, “they have swept the top three spots in every dual meet this season.”