Tempe, AZ – Arcadia High School swept both the girls and boys team titles at the Arizona State 4A High School Swimming Championships at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center at Arizona State University.
In the girls team battle, Arcadia pulled out the victory on the final event. Entering the 400 yd free relay a scant 1.5 points ahead of Catalina Foothills, coach Erica Jones’ Titans placed second in 3:31.57, with Catalina Foothills third. That gave the Titans a 3.5 point victory.
Freshman Kalyn Keller, a Pan American Games silver medalist, was the standout for Arcadia, setting records in both her wins. In a much-anticipated duel with undefeated Emily Mason of Chaparral, Keller took the 500 free in 4:49.60, breaking the state record set by April Diez some 15 years ago. Mason, who earlier in the year had also been under 4:50, faded to 4:52.78. Keller also won the 200 IM in a 4A record of 2:03.86. Kera Draker was Arcadia’s other individual winner, copping the 100 breast in 1:05.73.
Mason, a junior, earlier won her fifth consecutive individual title in her high school career, taking the 100 fly in a 4A record, 56.37. She also swam on Chaparral’s victorious 200 medley relay (1:49.14) and 400 free relay (3:31.29).
Mason’s teammate, Michelle Molina, won two individual events and anchored the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Molina took the 100 (51.45) and 200 freestyle (1:51.78).
The Titan boys rolled to the team title by 75 points, amassing 277 to 202 for Thunderbird and 191 for Chaparral.
Nick Eggen was the big gun for the Titans, winning the 100 back in 52.46 and the 200 IM in 1:55.56. He also swam on Arcadia’s victorious 400 free relay (3:14.17).
Thunderbird had two swimmers who won two individual titles. Jason Revere took the 100 fly by a touch over Chaparral’s Dan Ditoro, 50.58 to 50.65, then came back to win the 100 breast in 1:00.29. Kevin Heath owned the distance events, winning the 200 free in 1:43.03 and the 500 in 4:36.23.