Let me start off by saying great job to the Tempe Prep middle school and high school swimmers. “We had an amazing season” says Head Coach Jenn Stephens, and they certainly did. The middle school girls team finished 1st Place in their championship meet in the biggest middle school league in the state.
Special congratulations go out to 8th grader Lily Cozens, who was named Canyon Athletic Association Girls Swimmer of the Year. The boys were also impressive as runner up in their championship meet.
The middle school swimmers are not the only ones making waves. The high school team had seven state qualifiers and finished 11th or 12th overall. Adding on to last year’s record-setting season, each swimmer strived to be their best and they had a great season. Coach says, “Every single swimmer who participated swam personal best times at the end of the season.”
Unlike other teams, Tempe Prep does not have many experienced club swimmers this year, but that doesn’t stop them. “They continued to make a showing at the high school state meet,” Coach Stephens said. She also said that “We have a group of accomplished athletes that come to practice who are not afraid to work hard.”
These swimmers are clearly a group of dedicated athletes who worked to get better. We are proud of our swimming Knights!
Article by Nolan Bailey, a staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.
Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state (2016) and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.