Several Scottsdale Aquatic Club Swimmers Make Big Drops at Intrasquad


  • August 7-10, 2020
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: ‘2020 SAC Summer Senior Intrasquad Meet’

Several Scottsdale Aquatic Club swimmers hit lifetime bests over the weekend as the club hosted an intrasquad in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rising high school senior, William Bansberg, had the meet of his life. Having gone lifetime bests in most of his primary events just this past winter, Bansberg won all five of his events and crushed his bests in each.

Here’s a snapshot of Bansberg’s weekend, in order of event swum:

  • 100 free: 45.09 (-1.52)
  • 100 back: 48.53 (-1.36)
  • 50 free: 20.67 (-0.44)
  • 100 breast: 56.11 (-2.61)
  • 100 fly: 48.82 (-1.22)

Bansberg’s versatility is striking, with very solid times in the 100s of each event. His best time in the 200 IM, an event he did not race this weekend, is a 1:49.93 from December’s Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West. As he heads into his senior year uncommitted, these swims make him a much more valuable prospect to NCAA coaches.

Two Northwestern University ’25 commits, Daniel Matheson and Ashley Strouse, also put together strong weekends.

Matheson, in particular, made massive improvements. He won two events, the 200 free (1:38.64) and 200 fly (1:45.94). He lopped 3.51 seconds off of his 200 free best and 2.45 off his 200 fly best. A distance specialist with bests of 4:23/15:21 in the 500/1650 free, Matheson’s sprint drops were major: he took 4.33 seconds off of his 50 free best from 2017 down to 21.15, dropped 4.06 seconds in his 100 free (46.01), and then chopped 4.11 seconds off his 100 fly (49.02).

Strouse hit one lifetime best, breaking 23 seconds for the first time ever in the 50 free to log a 22.98, a .34 improvement. She also posted times of 49.86 in the 100 free, 1:48.39 in the 200 free and 4:51.39 in the 500 free along with a 2:04.91 in the 200 IM.


  • Rising UCLA junior Claire Grover hit a 22.77 in the 50 free and a 50.39 in the 100 free.
  • Parker Hughes, who just wrapped his freshman season with the University of Michigan, went a lifetime best in the 200 free (1:41.04) by 2.2 seconds. He also put up times of 20.89 in the 50 free, 45.79 in the 100 free and 49.85 in the 100 back.
  • Incoming Kansas freshman Kara Church posted times of 1:51.57 in the 200 free, 4:54.59 in the 500 free, 57.76 in the 100 back and 2:00.72 in the 200 back. She sliced a tenth off of her old best in the 100 back.
  • Texas ’25 commit Morgan Brophy swam a 54.96 in the 100 fly and 2:04.30 in the 200 fly, while she edged out Strouse in the 200 IM with a 2:04.67.
  • Reid Brophy, a rising high school junior, won the 200 IM with a 1:52.63, dropping 2.6 seconds from his old best.

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3 years ago

Congratulations to all the SAC kiddos who got to compete last weekend! They were all so happy to do what they love!
Thank you to Kevin Zacher, Bob Platt -and Courtney For making it happen!

3 years ago

That pool has a known current. There’s been 1 OT time achieved in that lane. Hope there was integrity with the lane placement this time.

Reply to  TXmom
3 years ago

with yards, the current works both ways: fast going down slow back

Reply to  TXmom
3 years ago

When it’s yards the current works both ways. Either super fast down and slow back, or vise versa.

Reply to  Swimmer818272
3 years ago

While what you said isn’t wrong, the current in short course (or, say, a long course 100 swim) is actually a net-disadvantage. That’s because while you swim the same distance with the current as you do against it, you spend more time swimming against the current than you do with it.

3 years ago

Georgia Bulldog!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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