Story by Student Journalist Ashlyn Drew
This year, Casteel Swim & Dive made great strides in growth as a team and overall performance. Despite challenging circumstances, the Colts were able to pull through and continue working hard to achieve their best.
At the AIA State Championships, Casteel men took 16th overall, with a score of 43. Many individual records were set as well. Seth Mortensen took 10th overall in the one meter dive, Isaac Mortensen took 14th for the same event, both divers achieving personal records for their high school careers. Reed Palmer finished in 22nd for the 50 meter freestyle race, and August Vetsch came in 10th for the 100 meter fly, closely followed by Spike Davis in 11th.
For women’s swim, the team took 13th overall with a score of 57. Brecken Scroggin took 1st overall for the one meter dive, Morgan Disney took 12th for the same event, Ella Church finished in 15th for the 50 meter freestyle, and Jaidan Engle took 18th in the 100 meter freestyle race.
At the first meet of the season, on September 17th, against Tempe and Williams Field, the men’s team finished in 1st place, with a score of 105 points and Williams Field and Tempe followed with scores of 62 and 5, respectively. During the same meet, women’s swim took 1st with 115 points, followed by Williams Field and Tempe, with 47 and 1 point, respectively. This meet was significant for its efforts in setting the tone for the rest of the season.
Brecken Scroggin had a remarkable season this year! She was Casteel’s first diving state champion and set a variety of new school records for Women’s diving. Grace Marx was another notable diver this year, especially with the season being her final high school season during her senior year. Grace had many personal best scores this season, as well as achieving a “myriad of new dives she thought she would not be able to do,” as quoted from Head Dive Coach Tom Wright.
Coach Wright stated that, “All-in-all, [it was] a great year and a great team! I couldn’t be a prouder coach and I am looking forward to next season already.” Congratulations Colts, on a fantastic swim & dive season, and many will be looking forward to witnessing what the team can achieve next year!