PHOENIX & TUCSON, Arizona, October 5. TWO High School invites were held over the last few weeks in Arizona. The Nike Classic hosted by the University of Arizona and Ford Aquatics went off September 24 with its usual festivities.
The University of Arizona’s women’s team painted and rhinestoned the fingernails of the athletes while the men, and the occasional woman, operated the dunk tank. There were raffles, prizes, and awards galore. There was some fast swimming too.
On the women’s side of the meet there were seven new records established. In the 200 medley and 200 free relay Xavier College Preparatory broke its own records, clocking in at 1:48.17 and 1:38.86 respectively. In the individual events, Catalina Foothills standout Molly Houlton recorded a 1:53.70 in the 200 free, Skye Elbert from Millennium lowered the standard in the 100 back to 58.25, and in the 500 free, Jackie Puschak from Cactus Shadows bettered the old standard and dropped under five minutes with a 4:58.01. Two sisters from Xavier also set new standards, Mychala Lynch in the 100 fly, 57.44, and Nicole Lynch in the 100 breast, 1:07.30.
In the men’s meet, only one record fell, in the 200 IM to Bryan O’Connor of Catalina Foothills. He hit the pads in 1:57.71. O’Connor also won the 100 back in 53.91. Some other standout swims belonged to Ben Aabery in the 100 free, 47.79, and Catalina Foothills' 200 medley relay with a 1:42.62.
In Phoenix the Brophy East Swim Team hosted the Brophy Invitational on October 2. Xavier and Brophy College Preparatory won all three relays on both the men’s and the women’s sides of the meet, and most of the races were blowouts. There were, however, some close races in the individual events.
In the women’s 200 free, a battle waged between Angela Duckworth and Whitney Lopus, both from Desert Mountain. Duckworth prevailed in a 1:54.47 and Lopus came in at 1:54.64. The women’s 100 breast was another event to watch with two girls gunning for the win. Kelly Forrester of Chaparral and Emily Barton of Desert Mountain touched at 1:07.08 and 1:07.17, respectively.
Other standouts were Marshall Dilworth in the men’s 100 breast, as he took the event with a 1:00.64, and also won the 200 IM in 1:57.54. Buddy Turner from Horizon won two events with no contest, going 21.01 in the 50 free and 51.21 in the 100 fly. Yet another double winner was Emma Darlington from Salpointe, as she won the 50 free in 24.20 and blasted to a 53.18 in the 100 free.
In her second victory of the meet Angela Duckworth won the 500 free in 4:56.60 and in the men’s version of the same distance Kyle Newman from Chaparral hit the pads with a 4:43.91.