Wide margins separate winners in 4A swimming & diving

There wasn’t much drama at this year’s 4A swimming and diving
championships, as Catalina Foothills HS (Tucson) put quite a bit of
distance between them and others in the 4A-I competition, and Arcadia
HS did likewise in 4A-II.  But there was some great swimming
throughout, as numerous records were broken.
    The Catalina
Foothills boys team did what was expected by winning it’s 10th
consecutive championship, sweeping up gold medals in every swimming
event except the 50 freestyle, which was won by Ryan Gray from Sabino HS in 21.21 seconds.  Barrett Meisfeld from
Catalina Foothills set a 4A meet record in the butterfly with 48.80 and
Sabino’s girls 200 medley relay team posted a 4A-I record time of
1:46.56 (Sarah Denninghoff, LeighAnne Oliver, Caitlin Wright and Courtney Dangremond).
    Catalina’s T.J. Lundstrom came close to a meet record, winning the boys 100 breaststroke in 57.73; the record is 57.26. 
Catalina’s girls won their 9th championship in the last 10 years
(Chaparral HS won last year), scoring 450 points to outdistance Canyon
del Oro HS, which finished in second with 284 points.  The boys tallied
485 points, well ahead of second-place Sunnyslope with 243.
In the 4A-II competition, Arcadia HS won both the girls and boys
titles.  The boys finished well ahead of second-place Flagstaff with
408 points and the girls did the same on their side with 497 points,
almost doubling the totals of runner-up Notre Dame Prep.
    Tyler Messerschmidt from Desert Edge HS set a boys state record in the 200 freestyle with a 1:38.00 finish.