’Sharks win 6th consecutive Colorado River Finals
NEEDLES — The Sandsharks swim team won the Colorado River Finals for the sixth year in a row on Saturday, with 79 swimmers posting a combined team score of 1,194. Bullhead City’s 74 Barracudas followed with 1,042. Kingman’s Swim Neptune program, which brought 11 swimmers, totaled 203 with 8-year-old Savannah Taylor swimming a perfect meet to capture 45 of them by herself.
Bullhead City’s Hayden Odam, 8, earned 43 points to lead his team. Madelynn Macdonald, 14, scored 42 and Ethan Martin, 12, scored 41 for the ’Cudas.
Needles’ Madeline Keller, 9, earned 40 points; Cole Russell, 18, earned 41. Caela Castillo, 17, and Lincoln Jones, 10, swam perfect meets for the ’Sharks, capturing 45 points each.
It was no secret that the record-breaking Jones was gunning for his dad, Scott Jones, who set a few records of his own a few years back. Jones-the-younger broke two at the event: swimming the 50 yard freestyle in 29.57 and the 100 yard individual medley in 1:16.84. Scott’s records, set in 1991, were 29.90 and 1:17.25.
Ivan Harris, 18, beat his own record from last year’s Sedona Splash; improving his time in the 50 yard breast stroke from 30.59 to 30.56.
See more in the Aug. 1 print edition of the Needles Desert Star.