Tempe, AZ, November 1. TUCSON’S Catalina Foothills High School retained both boys and girls team titles, with Scottsdale Chaparral High School second in both, at the Arizona 4A High School Swimming and Diving Championships at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center at Arizona State University this weekend.
There were six new 4A state records set, as well as numerous other fine swims.
Chaparral started the record breaking with its girl’s medley relay, which burst the 1:48.92 record by Arcadia that had survived for a decade, with a 1:48.55. Sarah Cox lead off in :27.88 for the 50 back, followed by 100 breast champ Kelli Forrester, flyer Tamara Lelli and 100 free champion (:50.97) Lauren Cox. Sarah and Tamara are both freshman and won silvers in the 100 distance of their respective relay strokes.
Matt Barnard, SR, Tucson Sabino, broke two sprint marks previously held by Arcadia’s Justin Ewers, who went on to shine on many of Stanford’s championship relays. Barnard lowered the 100 from :45.80 to :45.43 and lead off Sabino’s 4 x 50 freestyle relay at :20.69 to clear out Ewers’ :20.80. Barnard also won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.09.
Skye Elbert, JR, Millennium, lowered her own 50 freestyle from :23.46 to :23.30. And she was forced to swim that fast by sophomore Katherine Raatz of Thunderbird who followed to the wall at :23.50. Elbert also won the 100 back at :55.63, just 0.02 off the 4A mark she set as a freshman.
Finally, the Catalina Foothills quartet of Josh Arreguin, Keegan Stombaugh, Adrian Kirkpatrick and Jared Grinney broke both freestyle relay records. Arreguin opened the 4 x 50 at :21.09 on their way to 1:25.12, breaking the 1:27.58 mark by a 2003 Catalina Foothills squad. Arreguin was also the 100 breaststroke winner with a fine :57.33.
They dropped Arcadia’s 4 x 100 mark of 3:11.11 to 3:10.09, following a :47.51 lead-off from Stombaugh, who was also the 50 champ at :21.36.
The big school 5A division of Arizona high school swimming and diving will be held next weekend at the same facility.