Aaron Apel Wins Twice but Brophy College Prep Claims Boys AZ D1 Title

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by Robbie Dickson, Swimming World College Intern.

National Junior Teamer and Pinnacle High School’s Aaron Apel, Georgia Bulldog commit, picked up two victories yesterday in the 200 and 500 freestyles going 1:40.54 and 4:23.68 (new personal best) respectively. These events are considered more “sprint” events for Apel as his specialities expand into the mile as well as the 10k.

But in the end, Apel’s Pinnacle was no match for Brophy College Prep. The team of Alexander Gomez, Patrick Schramm, Michael Niezgodski, and AJ Frakes won the 200yd Medley Relay in a time of 1:35.15. This was a very narrow victory over Boulder Creek High School, who  touched .21 behind for silver. Desert Vista came in third, but were winning the relay with one leg to go.

The men’s first individual race was the 200yd freestyle, which was won by Apel. He earned a narrow victory over Chandler High’s Terry Yang who finished .09 behind Apel for the silver. Erik Orr rounded out the podium with a time of 1:41.28.

The 200yd IM went to Horizon’s Cameron Heidenreich in a time of 1:50.83. He finished over a second ahead of Dakota Rubie (1:51.90) and almost two seconds ahead of Brophie College Prep’s Sean Gage (1:52.23). It’s worth noting that Brophie College Prep had three A finalists in this event, a big reason as to why they won the team title.

Alabama commit Jack Blake took the men’s 50 free, nearly dipping below the twenty second mark, in a time of 20.09. Ray VanDuesen finished in second with a time of 20.89, and Luke Lyons rounded out the top three with a time of 21.17

Brophy College Prep had no A finalists in the boy’s 100yd fly, opening up the door for Michael Klauss to take the victory with a 49.78. He was followed closely by Lyons (49.98) and then Drake Barberii took the bronze in a time of 50.98.

Blake returned to scorch the boy’s 100yd freestyle with a time of 44.76. This was almost two seconds ahead of second place finisher AJ Frakes’ 46.54 and Erikk Orr‘s 46.56.

Apel dominated the boy’s 500yd freestyle by nearly ten seconds. Terry Yang claimed the silver with a time of 4:33.06, and Stefan Cooley got the bronze with a 4:38.29.

Brophy Collee Prep won the boys 200yd freestyle relay due in large part to Blake’s 19.83 anchor leg. This allowed the successful comeback over Boulder Creek High who finished in second. Perry High finished three seconds behind for the bronze.

Joshua Vedder won the backstroke with a 50.26, over a second ahead of the rest of the field. Brian Rawlinson earned the silver (51.42) and freshmen Luke Walker got the bronze (51.93).

Brophy College Prep sealed the deal with one last victory in the men’s 400yd freestyle relay. They won by nearly five seconds, and were given a 43.94 split by anchor Jack Blake. Mountain View got the silver and Pinnacle claimed the bronze.

The 1m diving was won by Mesa High School’s David Mickelson.

Full results can be found here.

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  1. Tina Maniatis Higgins

    Dave Gomez – nice mention of Xander! Congrats to Brophy for another great season

Author: Robbie Dickson

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Robbie Dickson is a sophomore distance swimmer at Penn State. He is majoring in journalism, and planning on pursuing a career in coaching after graduating.

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