1A-3A state swim meet has lots of stories to tell

There was no lack of great story lines coming out of this year’s 1A-3A
swimming and diving championships… two brothers joining forces to
help win
a relay, a brother-sister act that earned titles in the same event, a
couple of freshmen stepping up to win championships, and one competitor
who came to the meet to be the lone representative for his school’s
boys’ team – and left with two championships!
    Add to all that an
assortment of state-meet records that were broken, due in part to the
fact that this is only the third year since the small schools got their
own state meet.
    Teams results found Valley Christian HS winning
the girls competition with 423 points, followed by Phoenix Country Day
School (316), Pusch Ridge HS (275), St. Gregory HS (196), and Desert
Christian HS (144). On the boys side, first place went to Red Rock HS
(Sedona) with 386 points, followed by Pusch Ridge HS (247.5), Desert
Christian HS (202.5), Valley Christian HS (186), and Bourgade Catholic
HS (133).
    The Valley Christian girls team is a repeat champion,
as is the Red Rock boys team.  Valley Christian won the 50 freestyle,
100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 100 breaststroke,
and 400 relay.  Quinn Robertson, a senior, led the charge for Valley Christian with wins in the 50 freestyle (24.67) and 100 freestyle (55.25).
    For the Red Rock boys team, it was scoring by Evan Decker that propelled the win, as he finished first in the 200 intermediate (2:03.67) and the 100 freestyle (49.58).
    The sister-brother act was on Pusch Ridge’s teams, as Daniel Bleyl won the 100 backstroke in 57.15 and sister Erin won the girls backstroke in 58.49.  She also won the 200 freestyle in 57.41.  Meanwhile, brothers Evan and Jacob Decker teamed to help Red Rock HS win the 400 freestyle relay.
    Hayden Thomas,
swimming as the only member of the Tempe Prep boys team, won both the
200 intermediate (1:48.88) and 500 freestyle (4:51.82), events he also
won last year.
    And freshmen from Valley Christian and Phoenix Country Day made their debut splash high above.  Spencer Richardson (Valley Christian) won the boys 1-meter springboard competition with 225.8 points and Maddie Stern won the girls event with 308.45 points.
    Quinn Robertson set a meet record in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle, finishing in 24.59.  Kellsi Olsen, a senior from Wickenburg HS, came in second (25.73), followed by Carly Wilson, a sophomore from Tanque Verde HS (25.79), Heather Olinger from Valley Christian (27.25) and Jordan Davies from St. Gregory (27.45). 
    Three more meet records were set by Danielle Lee
from Phoenix Country Day: in the 200 intermediate (2:06.21), the 100
butterfly (57.06), and the 100 freestyle record on the first leg of the
400 freestyle relay (51.33).  She was joined by teammates Arielle Lee, Lauren Kauffman, and Jaimie Bryan; the team finished second in the finals.  The winning team in the 400 relay finals was from Valley Christian: Quinn Robertson, Heather Olinger, Paige Mullaney, and Mikala Nelson.