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T-birds rebuilding in 2018: Catalfamo expects Mohave’s relay teams to produce this campaign

August 22, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Eleven Lady T-birds earned a spot at the state meet in Mesa, Ariz., last fall, but several graduated, which means the Mohave High School swim team will be rebuilding this season.

T-birds head coach Ed Catalfamo said his squad has 36 student-athletes who started practice eight days ago.

“We have about half that (who) are remaining,” said the seven-year Mohave head swimming coach. “So, it’s definitely a rebuilding year.”

“We have quite a span between experienced swimmers and brand new swimmers, which we’re grateful for that — to have new kids in our pool — and all of the new ones are coming along really good and I’m proud of their skill level and where they’re at right now,” he added.

Catalfamo expects to have competitive relay teams this season, he said.

“It’s going to take us a little bit to be able to compete in the longer distance events,” Catalfamo added. “We should do pretty well in the 50- and 100-(yard) events.”

Seniors Mikayla Barton, Monica Houltram, Gabriella Laurenza, Kendall Williams and Madelynn MacDonald “will all be vying” for spots on the Top “A” girls relay squad, Catalfamo said. Senior Max Quinones, sophomore Zeke Maxey, freshman Caleb Riggs, senior Chance Recker, sophomore Soren Irgens and senior Chase Rock should “all be good” for the boys, and pushing for the “A” team relay.

“It should bode well come midseason. They should be in real good form.”