Brophy College Prep Boys, Chaparral Girls Win Arizona High School Division I Swimming and Diving Titles

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MESA – The Brophy College Prep High School boys and Chaparral High School girls ran away with the Arizona High School Division I Swimming and Diving state titles this evening at Mesa Aquatic Center, highlighted by a national age group record by Chaparral’s Ryan Hoffer.

Division I Boys

Chaparral kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as Ryan Hoffer, Marcello Quarante, Niccolo Quarante and Sam Acheson touched first in 1:34.32. Mountain View finished right behind as Jared Moreno, Mark Weser, Bryce Kuchan and Kyle Zabokrtsky touched in 1:34.53. Brophy College Prep, represented by Calvin Higgins, Sean Gage, Isaiah Williams and DJ Brown, came in third at 1:34.75.

Cactus Shadows’ Connor Stirling cruised to a two-second win in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:37.54. Brophy College Prep’s Jack Blake (1:39.70) and Highland’s Kyle Ewoldt (1:40.33) rounded out the top three.

In the 200 IM, Chandler’s Mark Jurek posted a three second win with a 1:47.03, lowering the previous state record of 1:48.31 by more than a second. Arcadia’s Matt Anderson solidified second with a 1:50.13, while Horizon’s Ben Olszewski came in third with a 1:52.86.

Chaparral sophomore Ryan Hoffer became the fastest 15-16 year old in U.S. swimming history in the 50 free with a record-breaking swim of 19.53 in finals. That cut .01 off his own national age group record of 19.54, and .02 off the previous state record of 19.55. Brophy College Prep’s Grady Ottomeyer finished a distant second in 21.29, while Seth Calvagno of Liberty snuck in for third at 21.61.

Sunnyslope’s Emmott Blitch and Skyline’s Eric Muir battled it out in the diving well, with Blitch coming out on top by five points, 445.75 to 440.00. Chaparral’s Braden Huffman came in third with 390.00 points.

Following the diving break, Chandler’s Mark Jurek picked up his second state title of the afternoon in the 100 fly, tying the state record with a 47.80. Bryce Kuchan of Mountain View also broke 50 with a 49.56 to take second, while Highland’s Kyle Ewoldt swam a 50.10 to finish third.

Chaparral’s Ryan Hoffer nearly set a second national age group record in the 100 free, just missing his own record by .07 with a 43.20. That did get under the state record of 43.71, and was .68 in front of Cactus Shadows’ Connor Stirling (43.88). Jack Blake of Brophy College Prep separated himself from the pack for third with a 45.12.

Horizon’s Ben Olszewski cut more than six seconds off his prelim time in the 500 free to win in 4:21.48, more than six seconds under the previous state record of 4:27.67, and six seconds in front of second place finisher Thomas Ottman of Brophy College Prep (4:27.78). Aaron Apel of Pinnacle, the second seed after prelims, wound up third in the final with a 4:28.54.

Brophy College Prep owned the 200 free relay, as DJ Brown, Grady Ottomeyer, Sean Gage and Jack Blake swam a 1:23.85, nearly two seconds ahead of Desert Vista’s Dietrich Benz, Clark Quattrocchi, Grant Bowers and Dustin Turney (1:25.80). Mountain View’s quartet of Pavle Lakovic, Luke Lyons, Bryce Kuchan and Kyle Zabokrtsky came in third with a 1:26.37.

Desert Vista’s Joshua Vedder was the class of the field in the 100 back, stopping the clock at 50.70 to top Horizon’s Kaleb Gould (51.24) by just over half a second. Arcadia’s Joe Skelly rounded out the top three in 51.70.

After finishing second in the 200 IM earlier in the meet, Arcadia’s Matt Anderson upgraded to first in the 100 breast with a 54.76, just off his prelim swim of 54.61. Hamilton’s Ty Dang out-swam Chaparral’s Marcello Quarante for second, 56.42 to 56.48.

Brophy College Prep closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay as Thomas Ottman, Isaiah Williams, Grady Ottomeyer and Jack Blake stopped the clock in 3:03.93, more than a second under the previous state record of 3:05.12. Desert Vista’s Joshua Vedder, Grant Bowers, Tyler Dennis and Dietrich Benz came in second at 3:09.48, followed by Mountain View’s Pavle Lakovic, Bryce Kuchan, Jared Moreno and Luke Lyons in 3:10.53.

Brophy College Prep scored 341 points to top Mountain View (212 points) and Horizon (202 points) for the Division I title.

Division I Girls

The Chaparral girls opened up their meet with a win and a new state record in the 200 medley relay at 1:43.25. Pinnacle stayed in contact and finished second in 1:44.83, followed by Desert Vista in 1:47.89.

Chaparral freshman Taylor Ruck made a grand entrance to the high school state meet scene with a 1:46.76 in the 200 free, lowering her own state record of 1:46.90 from prelims. Chandler’s Jocelyn Wang touched three seconds behind in 1:50.22, followed by her teammate Adriana Palomino in 1:51.15.

Arcadia’s Savanna Carlson put up a 2:02.07 to win the 200 IM over Desert Mountain’s Katie Shannahan (2:02.98). Mountain Pointe’s Grace Horvath out-swam two other swimmers down the stretch to wrap up third in 2:05.34.

Pinnacle senior Sam Fazio captured a state title in her final high school meet, topping the 50 free by four tenths with a 23.27. Xavier College Prep’s Aimee Hatfield claimed second by .03 ahead of Pinnacle’s Victoria Toris, 23.67 to 23.70.

In 1-meter diving, O’Connor’s Skylar Williams topped Desert Ridge’s Morgan Mellow by less than five points for the title, 425.55 to 420.90. Katie Deininger of Cactus Shadows came in third with 415.00 points.

After finishing second in the 200 IM, Desert Mountain’s Katie Shannahan moved up a spot on the podium in the 100 fly, out-racing Chaparral’s Emma Segneri for the win, 54.99 to 55.08. Another Emma from Chaparral, Emma Broome, rounded out the top three in 55.30.

Savanna Carlson of Arcadia went two-for-two in her individual events, stopping the clock in 50.74 to win the 100 free, in addition to her 200 IM win earlier. Pinnacle’s Victoria Toris picked up another top three finish with her 51.15 for second, while Chandler’s Jocelyn Wang rounded out the top three in 51.90.

Taylor Ruck swept the 200 and 500 freestyles at the meet, putting up a 4:52.11 in the 500 to start her high school career undefeated. Desert Vista’s Shae Nicolaisen, also a freshman, took second in 4:55.88 to set up what could be a great battle over the next three years. Adriana Palomino of Chandler wrapped up third in 4:58.96.

Chaparral went two-for-two in the relays, with Gabriella Fagan, Emma Segneri, Olivia Wang and Taylor Ruck posting a 1:35.04 in the 200 free relay. That cleared the previous state record of 1:35.21. Xavier College Prep, represented by Allie Worrall, Elise Roediger, Alice Hick and Aimee Hatfield, came in second with a 1:36.56, while Pinnacle’s Zoe Rosin, Grace LaPorte, Hayley Hill and Victoria Toris came in third with a 1:37.09.

Arcadia’s Matti Harrison and Chaparral’s Emma Broome fought it out to the finish in the 100 back, with Harrison just getting the better of Broome at the wall, 55.36 to 55.47. Pinnacle’s Sam Fazio earned another podium finish with her 56.52.

Pinnacle’s Alyson Yancy was the class of the field in the 100 breast, cruising to victory in 1:03.07, comfortably ahead of Perry’s Raevin Richardson (1:04.50) and Mountain Pointe’s Grace Horvath (1:04.87).

Pinnacle closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay in 3:26.86, thanks to Julie Gibson, Hayley Hill, Sam Fazio and Victoria Toris. Chaparral’s Emma Broome, Gillian Rieth, Gabriella Fagan and Taylor Ruck finished second in 3:28.52 to clinch the team title. Noelle Lavigne, Annabella Ankeney, Lauren Gaines and Shae Nicolaisen gave Desert Vista a third place finish with their 3:32.69 effort.

Chaparral scored 365 points to win the girls’ meet ahead of Pinnacle (286 points) and Desert Vista (250 points).

Be on the lookout later this week for on-demand videos from the meet on Swimming World TV.

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Results: Arizona High School Division I Swimming and Diving Championships