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Badgers Swimming Takes Losses Against Flagstaff as Learning Opportunity

16 September 2016   Torrence Dunham

Despite several individual firsts, the Badgers swim team was unable to overcome the Flagstaff Eagles. 

A valiant effort by the Prescott Badgers Men’s Swimming team was not enough on Thursday afternoon at the Prescott YMCA as the team fell to the Flagstaff Eagles 93-73 in 11 races. Meanwhile, the Badgers Women’s Swimming team also didn’t have any luck against the Eagles losing 109-51.

While the Badgers men’s swimming team lost the match, the team did well placing first in seven of eleven races. However, the Eagles were able to make up the difference and pull ahead of the Badgers due to multiple second and third place finishes. 

Three Badgers finished first in multiple matches with Tate Bassett placing first in both the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.36 and the 200 IM clocking in at 2:27.77. Paul Kinach, meanwhile, finished first in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24:26 and the 100 Breaststroke finishing with a time of 1:13.96. Additionally, Harris Temple finished first twice with a 57.99 time in the 100 Fly and a 57.32 place in the 100 Backstroke.  Dallin Jex also added a first place finish in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:46.97.

Overall, The Badgers men’s swimming team had two second-place finishes, three third-place finishes, six fourth-place finishes, two fifth-place finishes and two sixth-place finishes. 

The Eagles men’s swimming squad had four first-place finishes, nine second-place finishes, eight third-place finishes, three fourth-place finishes, four fifth-place finishes and one sixth-place finish.

“We performed better than we thought as a team,” said Tate Bassett following the match. “We just have to train harder.”  

It was a tough day for a rebuilding Badgers women’s swimming team as the experienced Eagles women’s team were able to finish first in nine out of eleven races on the afternoon. 

The two first-place finishes for the Badgers women’s swimming team belonged to Lacey Ingallina who won the 100 Fly with a time of 1:12.42 and Brea Christopherson who finished first in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:22.74.

 The Badgers women’s squad combined for four second-place finishes, six third-place finishes, four fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place finish. 

The Flagstaff Eagles women’s team had seven second-place finishes and five third-place, fourth-place and fifth-place finishes.

As the Badgers women’s swimming team continues to develop, the team takes losses against experienced squads, such as the Flagstaff Eagles, as opportunities to grow. 

 “It helped us to learn how to swim faster against a team because we haven’t had a fast team yet,” said Brea Christopherson at the race conclusion. “I think we’ll do better next time we swim against a fast team.”

 “We’re coming along, said first-year head coach William Riviere after the meet. “It’s all in practice, we are taking the things from this meet and we’re building on that.” 


This weekend, the Badgers will travel down to Chandler for the Wolves Classic at Chandler High School, the start time is yet to be determined, before coming back home the following Thursday for a matchup against Goldwater at the Prescott YMCA. The start time for that match is 4:00pm.