CASA GRANDE — In an extremely shortened season due to COVID-19, Casa Grande Union wrapped up its final swim meet before invitationals as its boys and girls teams took first against Coolidge and Combs on Wednesday.
The CG Union boys team earned 85 points, Combs had 52 points and Coolidge had eight points.
The Cougars took first place in multiple events, including the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Clayton Wright, Evan Kirkbride, Blake Anderson DeCarlo and Hunter Scholes participated in the 200-yard medley relay and Scholes, Anderson DeCarlo, Caden Mace and Hyrum Hatch competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Mace also took first in the 50-yard freestyle, and Scholes finished first in the 100-yard freestyle.
Wright won the 200-yard medley and the 100-yard backstroke, and Anderson DeCarlo took first in the 100-yard breaststroke.
For the girls, CG Union racked up 122 points, Combs earned 60 points and Coolidge had no points.
CG Union took first in the 200-yard medley relay, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The 200-yard medley relay team included Jade Giuffre, Lilly Calderon, Madeline Calderon and IsaBella Smith.
Madeline Calderon and Smith were also part of the 200-yard freestyle team, along with Erin Donnelly and Lauryn Harris.
Harris and Donnelly competed in the 400-yard freestyle with Asilyn Rankin and Caitlyn Rankin.
Hayley Mitchell came in first in the 200-yard freestyle, and Calderon took first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
The Cougars and the Bears will now wait more than four weeks until invitationals start Oct. 24. The Coyotes still have one more meet left Oct. 15 against Maricopa and Mesa Westwood.
CG Union coach Kim Batina told PinalCentral via email the difference with invitationals this year is that teams can only attend one, and it is assigned to them. In the past, teams could choose which invitationals they wanted to attend.
Batina added it hasn’t been difficult to adjust to the COVID-19 guidelines.
“The swimmers have to wear masks unless in the pool,” she said. “They have to sit one per set on the bus with masks plus get their temperatures taken every day, but otherwise it has been good. They are spaced at different ends during practice too.”
Batina hopes some of the relay teams can qualify for the state meet as well as individual qualifications by Scholes, Mace and Calderon.
The AIA has still not determined dates or locations for the state swim meet.