Salpointe boys win first-ever swim title; Brophy wins 34th

OK, let’s get the suspense out of the way first.  Brophy Prep and Xavier Prep won the Division I state swimming and diving championships.

Gee, what a surprise.

It was Brophy’s 24th consecutive boys’ state title.  Xavier claimed its 26th girls’ championship all-time, just eight off the pace of Brophy’s 34 overall.

Mountain View High School and Pinnacle High provided the ‘suspense’ this year, as Mountain View managed a second-place with 244 points behind Brophy’s dominating 412 points, and Pinnacle was runner-up to Xavier.  The Pioneers scored 194 points, a long way down the road from Xavier’s 429.

The Mountain View program was well represented this year, as the girls’ team took third place on their side of the competition, scoring 172 points.

Individually, Brophy’s Chris Webb, who ran away with the 500 freestyle, was named the Swimmer of the Meet.  He posted a time of 4:28.4; the next swimmer didn’t finish until 14 seconds later.  Kat Simonovic, a junior at Mountain View who won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events, was the Swimmer of the Meet on the girls’ side.

Xavier couldn’t claim an individual championship this year, but they got points in each event and won all three relays to compile their winning total.

While Brophy and Xavier dominated Division I again this year, there was some serious competition taking place in Division II.

Arcadia High was back on top after the girls’ races wrapped up, capturing its fifth state girls’ team title in six years; it was runner-up last year.  But the Titans had to fend off strong pushes by Salpointe Catholic, which finished in second, and third-place Verrado High.  Arcadia finished with 289 points, while Salpointe tallied 262 and Verrado was just a couple of points shy of second place with 261 points.

Danielle Lee was named  Swimmer of the Meet.  The senior from Phoenix Country Day School won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:51.42 and also took the title in the 100 backstroke, posting a 55.24 time.

But it was a totally different storyline in the boys’ competition because the event featured a first-time winner in Salpointe Catholic.  The Lancers, with 400 total points, swam away from second-place Arcadia, which accumulated 314 points.

Senior Tyler Mattingly won two events to help Salpointe to its first-ever boys’ championship, taking the 200 free in 1:43.24 and the 500 free in a winning time of 4:41.16.  He also swam a leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

But it was Douglas High‘s Brandon Young that was named Swimmer of the Meet.  He won the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:59.51 and the 200 breaststroke in 58.13.