HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING
Every gold medal in swimming in one conference this fall belonged to Southern Arizona.
Of the 22 races in the 4A-I state championships, all 22 were won by local swimmers. Fourteen of those went to Catalina Foothills teams.
The area also split the conference's diving championships, with Foothills' Izzy Diamond taking the girls field. Diamond also finished 29th in the 4A-I cross country meet on the following weekend.
As far as locals are concerned, the state meet that had the next most crowns for Southern Arizona was the 1A/2A/3A, where Pusch Ridge Christian's Erin Bleyl won two gold medals (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke).
Her younger brother, sophomore Daniel Bleyl, also won two state championships (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke). And St. Gregory's Sloane Burns snared a state best in the 500 freestyle.
Tucson brought home one title combined between the 5A-I and 5A-II boys and girls.
Rincon/University's Kaitlyn McLeod took the girls diving championship.
BOYS: Catalina Foothills - The Foothills boys took state titles in every event except one - the 50 free, which was won by Sabino three-sport star Ryan Gray. The Falcons had three individuals claim multiple events. Adrian Brynnel won the 200 freestyle and 500 free, Barrett Miesfeld took the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley and Cole Puchi captured the 100 free and 100 backstroke.
The Falcons beat runner-up Phoenix Sunnyslope by 242 points.
GIRLS: Catalina Foothills - The Falcons were shocked to be dethroned by Scottsdale Chaparral in 2008, ending a run of eight straight 4A state championships. But the drought did not last long. The Falcons dominated the 4A-I state meet on Halloween, beating second-place Canyon del Oro by 166 points. Karima Chuk (200 free), Brianna Wilford (50 free) and Kiki Hocheder (500 free) each won individual titles.
10: Consecutive state titles for the Foothills boys.
48.80: The 4A state record 100 butterfly time that Miesfeld now owns.
23: Consecutive 5A Southern Region titles for the Salpointe Catholic girls.
2: Rincon/University's McLeod made it back-to-back state diving championships by winning the 5A-II.
• The Salpointe girls squad did not have a single individual finish in the top eight of any event at the 5A-I state meet. Still, the Lancers managed to register in the state's top five as a team, using what coach Sam Busch referred to as a "balanced blend of youth and experience." All three of the Lancers' relays finished in the top eight at Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa - the site of the state meets - despite none of them being made up of the same combination of swimmers used in the regular season.
• Erin Brewer's Marana swept the boys and girls titles in the 4A-I Kino Region, the first time the Tigers have accomplished that feat.
• Pusch Ridge Christian was the area's small-school force. The boys team finished second in the state, and the girls were third.