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Girls Swim Continues to Stroke to Victory

Juan Sauceda, Sports Staff

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Victoria Arnold is focused on one thing and one thing only; winning.  Lining up against tough competitors, she won’t let anything get in her way of a victory. Having missed the last meet due to a shoulder injury, she is excited and ready to spring from the starting board as her teammates and coaches cheer her on.  Although Victoria placed second in the 500 yard freestyle, her team was able to pull ahead and take the City Championship for the first time in coach Camille Arnold’s five years as head coach of the program.  With this new title, everyone is excited to witness the big plans and victories that Centennial has ahead.

Victoria is a junior and has swam all three years, with a promising last season ahead of her next year.  When asked her favorite event she said, “It’s a love hate relationship with the 500 yard freestyle,” which is 20 lengths across the pool, a daunting event for anyone, especially one coming back from a shoulder injury.

Bulldogs Girls Swimming took the spotlight Friday night after a hard fought battle. They were the last ones standing against tough and fellow Pueblo teams South, Central, and East.  In a meet that came down to the final swim, the crowd was electric, cheering for their respected schools.  Centennial was able to however,  pull ahead of a well put together Colt team, a school who recently just earned a 4A State Title in football.

In the final swim of the night, the relay team consisting of Maddi Denye, Anna Shah, Hannah Combs, and Abigail Smith rose to the occasion and pulled ahead, leading the Bulldogs to a city championship.  Centennial scored 431, while South placed second with 354, Central third with 194, and East in last with 145.  Scoring nearly half the points for the Bulldogs was diver Teah Ausbun with 169.75. She has proven to be key for our girls this season, with her unique background in gymnastics and leadership traits.

The Girls recently had a meet in La Junta this past Monday, and victories were brought with them back home to Pueblo. They will next face off against Pueblo West on January 9th, 2018.

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