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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:30 pm | Updated: 3:28 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

No one likes a dirty Fish Bowl.

Well almost no one as Desert Vista swim coach Shawn O’Connell had reason to smile during Thursday’s haboob that engulfed the West Chandler Pool and shortened the Thunder’s meet with Mountain Pointe.

“We were tremendous from the start,” O’Connell said. “We had several lifetime bests and performed at a high level from the first (event) on.”

The meet – coined with a nickname like Friday’s Ahwatukee Bowl football game - was stopped after seven events (six swimming, one diving) and it is considered a full meet mainly because both programs have schedules that would make it difficult to get back in the pool again.

The Thunder boys won 65-45 and the girls were more dominant at 87-22.

“Desert Vista is really good,” Pride coach Steve Mancuso said. “We have our top individuals but we are young in most our events and they are getting better each time out.”

Each team had their individual standouts as the Pride’s Ben Fitch won the 200 IM while Desert Vista’s Cole Miller won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

In the girls meet, the Thunder’s Bailee Blankemeier took the 200 IM in 2:13.39 and teammate Mickey Melosi was right behind at 2:14.70.

“Bailee was impressive and to have Mickey Melosi pushing her the whole way was terrific,” O’Connell said. “I would have liked to see what we could have done (in a full meet) but I was very happy with what we did finish.”

Noted

The Desert Vista swim team is hosting a Mid-First Bank coin matching truck at Friday's Ahwatukee Bowl.

Fans can bring all their change and have it counted by Mid-First Bank and it will match the donation with the proceeds going to the Thunder swim program.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

 

No one likes a dirty Fish Bowl.

Well almost no one as Desert Vista swim coach Shawn O’Connell had reason to smile during Thursday’s haboob that engulfed the West Chandler Pool that shortened the Thunder’s meet with the Pride.

“We were tremendous from the start,” O’Connell said. “We had several lifetime bests and performed at a high level from the first (event) on.”

The meet – coined with a nickname like Friday’s Ahwatukee Bowl football game - was stopped after seven events (six swimming, one diving) and it is considered a full meet mainly because both programs have schedules that would make it difficult to get back in the pool again.

The Thunder boys won 65-45 and the girls were more dominant at 87-22.

“Desert Vista is really good,” Pride coach Steve Mancuso said. “We have our top individuals but we are young in most our events and they are getting better each time out.”

Each team had their individual standouts as the Pride’s Ben Fitch won the 200 IM while Desert Vista’s Cole Miller won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

In the girls meet, the Thunder’s Bailee Blankemeier  took the 200 IM in 2:13.39 and teammate Mickey Melosi was right behind at 2:14.70.

“Bailee was impressive and to have Mickey Melosi pushing her the whole way was terrific,” O’Connell said. “I would have liked to see what we could have done (in a full meet) but I was very happy with what we did finish.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

 

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