Catalina Foothills Girls and Campo Verde Boys Win AIA DII State Championships

by Ariana Palmer 1

November 16th, 2019 High School, News

2019 AIA Division II Swimming and Diving State Championship

  • November 7th-8th, 2019
  • Mesa, Arizona
  • AIA Division II Championships –  Top 32 individuals and Top 24 relay teams per event qualify for the meet
  • SCY, prelims/finals, 8 lane – Top 16 final
  • Meet Results

The Catalina Foothills High School girls swim team and the Campo Verde High School boys swim team finished on top at the 2019 AIA Division II Championships held at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa Arizona on November 7th and 8th.

Girls Results : 

The Catalina Foothills Falcons moved up 4 spots from the 2018 Championships while scoring over 50 points more for the win.

Impressive swims and strong depth powered the Falcons to victory. Taylor Alicea-Jorgensen finished 6th in the 200 freestyle (1:54.67) while her teammate Christiana Williams clocked a 2:08.26 at finals in the 200 IM for a 4th place finish. Williams also swam to a 2nd place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.92). Catalina’s depth in the breaststroke events also allowed the team to finish 5th, 7th, and 10th in the 100 breaststroke. The schools’ 200 freestyle relay team made up of Skylar Dikeman, Avery Spade, Avery Howayeck and Alicea-Jorgensen, placed 1st with a time of 1:37.93 while the girls also placed 2nd in the 200 medley relay (1:46.71).

Catalina Foothills divers went 1-2 at the meet. Sophomore’s Summer Westmoreland and Isabella Plantz scored 423.35 and 397.80, respectively, aiding the Falcons to their championship win.

Sophomore Kennedy Noble of Millennium cruised to a 2:01.60 in the 200 IM, dropping 3 seconds from her prelim time and finishing 6 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher sophomore Madelyn Bachmeier (2:07.33). Noble also clocked a speedy 52.73 in the 100 backstroke breaking the AZ state record once held by Misty Hyman from 1996. She was ultimately named Female Swimmer of the Meet.

Other Event Winners:

  • Salpointe Catholic’s, Sydney Even clocked a 1:51.18 in the 200 freestyle, finishing almost 1.5 seconds before Sunnyslope High’s Annie Carlton (1:52.95).
  • Campo Verde sophomore, Paige Treptow, earned a 23.50 50 freestyle and 51.56 in the 100 freestyle, an improvement from her 2nd place finishes at the 2018 Championships.
  • Sadie Edwards, senior at Paradise Valley and University of Utah commit, clocked a 55.76 in the 100 butterfly, becoming a two-time champion in the event. Edwards also earned 1st in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.71.
  • Sophomore, Kylie Ney of Desert Mountain High, clocked a 5:01.04 in the 500 freestyle.
  • Campo Verde won the 200 medley relay (Kate Thomas, Sydney Blackhurst, Madelynn Krause, and Treptow) in 1:49.80 and the 400 freestyle relay (Thomas, Neveah Bisdnack, Sophia Pedersen, and Treptow) swam to a 3:35.02.

TOP 10 Team Standings

  1. Catalina Foothills High School – 309.5
  2.  Campo Verde High School – 242
  3. Salpointe Catholic High School – 183
  4.  Verrado High School – 146.5
  5. Cactus Shadows High School – 145
  6.  Arcadia High School – 127
  7. Sunnyslope High School – 125
  8. Desert Mountain High School – 123
  9. Millennium High School – 116
  10. Paradise Valley High School – 111

Boys Results : 

The Campo Verde Coyotes earned a win by just 2 points over Salpointe Catholic High School after an 8th place finish at the 2018 Championships. The team scored more than 100 points than the 2018 Championship meet.

The boys started off strong with a win in the 200 Medley Relay (Luke Miller, Tucker Ashton, Jeremy Graunke, Christian Osterndorf ) with a time of 1:34.67. Senior Miller touched 2nd in the 200 freestyle (1:41.94) while his teammate junior Graunke sprinted to a 20.97, good for a 2nd place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Miller won the 100 freestyle in 45.56 while teammates junior Osterndorf,  Graunke, and junior Brandon Kuhl finished 3rd, 5th, and 15th respectively. Campo Verde’s Tyler Del Rio and junior Ryan King finished 12th and 13th in the 500 freestyle, touching in 5:01.33 and 5:01.41. The 200 free relay touched in 6th place with a time of 1:30.60, senior Ashton finished 6th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.62), and the 400 free relay clocked a 3:07.63, finishing 2nd behind Salpointe Catholic by .53 seconds.

The Campo Verde dive team help solidify a team title with strong finishes from junior Ashton Hasegawa (4th – 427.60), sophomore Matthew Lenzo (5th – 420.40) and junior Caden Taylor (8th – 390.25).

Jadon Nabor of Verrado High School, an Auburn University commit, was named Male Swimmer of the Meet. He repeated as champion in both the 200 IM (1:49.71) and 100 back (48.84). The other multi-event winner was Arcadia High School junior, Grant Stoddard, who won the 50 free (20.60) and 100 fly (49.69).

Other Event Winners: 

  • Salpointe Catholic High junior, Aiden Reagan, clocked a 1:40.27 in the 200 freestyle.
  • Freshman at Higley High, Jackson Keaton Jones, cruised to a win in the 500 (4:30.74) by more than 4 seconds.
  • Sunnyslope junior, Tate Bahti, clocked a 100 breaststroke win (56.96).
  • Salpointe Catholic’s 200 freestyle relay (1:27.24) made up of Ricardo Santiago, Paul Rasoumoff, Nick Zaetta, and Quinn Teller touched first while the 400 free relay made up of Teller, Rasomoff, Samuel Stuckey, and Reagan clocked a 3:07.10.

TOP 10 Team Standings

  1. Campo Verde High School – 272
  2. Salpointe Catholic High School – 270
  3. Verrado High School – 205
  4. Sunnyslope High School – 170
  5. Catalina Foothills High School – 170
  6. Canyon del Oro High School – 154
  7. Higley High School – 120
  8. Desert Mountain High School – 100
  9. Arcadia High School – 100
  10. Ironwood Ridge High School – 96

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cynthia curran

Cool to finally beat Misty Hyman record. Catalina Foothills usually has a great team.

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