Kelly Huffer, Ashley Strouse, Scott Pekarske Among Double Winners at AZ D2 Meet

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Arizona kicked off 2017 High School state swimming championship action with the Division II meet. Team scores were not yet available as of posting, but Chaparral won nine of the 11 events in the girls’ meet. The boys meet saw Chaparral on top of the podium five times.


Chaparral was winning the meet from the get-go. The 200 medley relay team (names were not yet available) touched in 1:44.20, five seconds ahead of Ironwood Ridge (1:49.21) and Arcadia (1:49.64).

Chaparral’s freshman Ashley Strouse was dominant in the 200 free in 1:48.35. She ran away from the field again in the 500 free with her 4:53.04. It was a tight race in second through fifth. Ultimately Arcadia’s Sydney Carlson (5:03.12) and Sunrise Mountain’s Gabriella Tellez (5:03.43) rounded out the podium.

Chaparral took the first two individual events. Senior Kelly Huffer got her hand to the wall in 2:03.23, just ahead of Arcadia’s Carlson in 2:03.65. It was a touch out for third. Haley Mayhew of Ironwood Ridge hit the wall in 2:05.42 while Huffer’s freshman teammate Riley Courtney touched in 2:05.43.

Huffer returned to take the 100 fly in 55.85. Teammate Samantha Krew, a freshman, was second in 57.33, just faster than Notre Dame’s Alexa Markl (57.54).

Ironwood Ridge’s Hannah Houlton won the splash and dash with a 24.09. Chaparral freshman Greer Pattison took silver in 24.17 just ahead of Arcadia’s Isabella Fratesi (24.25). Houlton took gold again in the 100 free, stopping the clock in 52.05. For her second silver of the afternoon Krew posted a 52.35. Rounding out the top three was Cactus Shadows’ Kendall Bennett (53.25).

It was Chaparral on top again in the 200 freestyle relay. Krew, Courtney, Chloe Zapata, and Strouse touched in 1:36.25. Chaparral freshman Greer Pattison then won the 100 back in a 56.57. Her fellow freshman and teammate Courtney got to the wall in 1:04.64 in the 100 breast, just quicker than Arcadia’s Fratesi (1:04.92) and Ironwood Ridge’s Mayhew (1:05.31).

Chaparral ran away with the 400 freestyle relay to end the meet. Tellez, Kayden BrendelLindsey Thomas, and Ellice Richman posted a 3:30.60.


Following their girls’ lead the Chaparral boys also won the 200 medley relay. Conner HobanMatthew LeblancDaniel Simmons, and Sam Acheson touched in 1:36.29. Verrado’s Jadan NaborGrant GreenbaumJacob Cress, and Zach Petrey (1:37.56) were second. Picking up bronze in 1:38.63 was the team from Notre Dame Prep: Connor MarklNicholas SalvinoWilliam Bansberg, and Ansel Averitte.

The top two were a tight finish in the 200 free. Catalina Foothills’ Scott Pekarske edged Shadow Ridge’s Max Weed 1:42.10 to 1:42.22. Canyon del Oros’ Landyn Riester placed third (1:44.27), not far ahead of Pekarske’s teammate Bradley DeFoor (1:44.89). Pekarske picked up another gold in the 500 free when he stopped the clock in 4:36.87. Weed was second again, this time with a 4:38.42. Salpointe Catholic freshman Aidan Reagan placed third (4:41.90).

Lablanc added to his relay gold with a 200 IM victory in 1:53.42. Williams Field’s Miller Browne (1:54.56) and Campo Verde’s Andrew Bradjan (1:56.66) followed.

After anchoring his team’s third place relay Averitte topped the 50 free in 21.29. Harris Temple of PRES out touched Notre Dame’s Salvino 21.62 to 21.67. Also just behind was Chapparel’s Jaedin Clark. Temple then rose to the top in the 100 free, winning the event in 46.92, only .01 ahed of Chaparell’s Acheson (46.93). Acheson’s teammate Jaedin Clark (47.89) was third.

Verrado’s Nabor clocked a 50.37 to win the 100 fly. Chaparrel’s Simmons (51.54) and Canyon del Oros’ Wyatt Matson (51.76) were second and third.

In the 200 freestyle relay Chaparral’s Rick PopperTyler BestCole Rodriguez, and Clark stopped the clock in 1:28.17, just beating Canyon del Oro’s Riester, Matson, Tyloer Lerew, and Alexander Pollock (1:28.30).

The 100 backstroke gold went to 200 IM runner up, Browne (51.80). Jered Moore, a junior from Cactus Shadows High School, placed second (52.26).

Chapparal sophomore Leblanc won the 100 breaststroke in 57.35. Queen Creek’s Parker Hansen placed second (58.76).

Catalina Foothills grabbed the meet’s last victory. In 3:13.71 Bradley DeFoorJohn GreenerSam Mulay, and Perkarske won the 400 freestyle relay.

Results available on Meet Mobile: Arizona High School Swim & Dive Championship. 


  1. avatar

    No, Chaparral did not win the boys’ 4×100 Freestyle Relay. They got DQ’d.

    • avatar
      Cathleen Pruden

      Hi Shawna, You’re right! Meet Mobile now shows that DQ! The article has been updated to reflect Catalina Foothills’ victory!

      • avatar

        Thank you for correcting it!