On a cold and rainy final day of February, the Ugly Eagles pulled off a huge upset over 2018 NCS favorite Monte Vista 152-133.
Clayton began the meet with a thrilling 200 Medley Relay victory in the first event with a time of 1:57.67. The “B” relay also squeezed past Monte Vista’s “B” by .07 to secure the extra 3 relay points. The Eagles followed that race with a dominant 200 Free individual where they took the top three positions. Before the Mustangs could catch their breath, Clayton had won a third consecutive race, this time taking first and second place and opening a surprisingly sizeable lead on Monte Vista.
The Eagles continued strong individual efforts throughout the afternoon in winning five of the eight individual events. However, the difference between the teams came down to the depth of talent of Clayton, as best evidenced by placing more total relays (5) than Monte Vista (4), despite losing the last two of the three relay races. The battles for points (the top seven finishers score for individual events) away from the top finishers was just as fierce, and there was a consistent effort from Clayton resulting in many close races, even where swimmers may not have been able to see the location of their closest opponent.
The top four individual scorers for the Eagles represented several different classes. Freshman Sophia Miller tallied 16 points for wins in both the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:20.40 and the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:12.01. Senior Rebekah Reynolds added 14 points and had the most dominant swim of the day, winning the 500 Free by over 20 seconds, with a time of 5:33.00. She also finished a very close runner-up in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:03.43, only .15 behind the race winner. Junior Caitlin Biles also scored 14 points, earning a win in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:04.60, and also finishing second in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 59.92. Senior Jenny Vonnegut totaled 13 points as the first to the wall in the 200 Free with a time of 2:15.64, and just getting out-touched for second place by .30 in the 500 Free with a time of 5:53.43.
Although quite early in the season, the performance by the Uglies puts the rest of the DAL teams on notice that Clayton Valley Women are vastly improved and are poised to make a strong run this season. With the win , Clayton Valley moves to (1-0) on the season, while Monte Vista drops to (1-1).
Next up for Clayton is a dual meet at Berean Christian (held at Scottsdale Swim Club) on Wednesday, March 14 at 4pm.
*Additional team scores for the swim meet included:
JV Women MV 145, CV 133
JV Men MV 147, CV 69
Varsity Men MV 182, CV 99