MESA - With stars in the distances and the sprints, Salpointe had plenty of depth going into the finals of the Division II state swim meet on Saturday.
It was just a matter of numbers.
"We had 17 guys qualify for the first day (preliminaries) and 15 for the second day (finals) against Arcadia, who had eight guys. It did make a big difference," Salpointe coach Matt Hough said after the Lancers won the Division II state boys title Saturday at Skyline High School. The Salpointe girls were second in the team standings.
Tyler Mattingly and Jojo Simonson were the stars for Salpointe on Saturday. Mattingly swept the distance swims while Simonson won the 100-yard free and was second in the 100 breaststroke. The Lancers also swept the relays.
"It was really great, I was really excited to come up here and see what I could do," Mattingly said. "Our team moved down to the Division II this year so we needed to step up and show them what we are made of. I wanted to do my part and win both of my events and that's exactly what I did."
In the 200 free, Mattingly clocked 1:43.24, nearly seven seconds better than the second-place finisher. In the 500, Mattingly came in at 4:41.16, outswimming David Olson of Casa Grande (4:56.70).
"You are doing longer stuff on less rest," Mattingly said of the two longest swims in high school competition. "It's whoever can die the least, whoever has the most endurance."
In the 100 free, Simonson was .18 of a second ahead of Galen Fink of Sabino, who finished in a dead heat for second with Jake Lambros of Phoenix Bourgade (47.92).
"I gave it all I got in the first 50, second 50 I started slowing down a little bit but I just ran off," Simonson said. "I'm just going out and bringing that heat back to Tucson."
Salpointe's Andy Trouard and Mike Botelho finished second and third, respectively, in the 500 free. J.C. Balserak finished fifth in the butterfly. Botelho was also fourth in the 100 free.
"It's nice to bring it back to Salpointe," said Hough. "These guys worked real hard all year, and they just did a great job."
Arcadia had 314 points for second. Sabino was sixth with 117.5 points.
Brandon Young of Douglas swept the 200 individual medley and the 100 breast stroke. J.T. Oliver of Sabino was third in the medley.
Galen Fink of Sabino (54.65) also was second to a freshman, Max Montour of Phoenix Cortez (54.48) in the 100 backstroke.
For Tanque Verde senior Carly Wilson, it was a day of sprints. She came in third in the 50 free, 1.1 seconds behind Amy Bilquist of Buckeye Verrado, but she saved the best for the 100 free.
"They are my favorite, and they are so fun," Wilson said. "That is what I have trained for, and I just want to go out as fast and make it as fun as I could for my senior year."
She won the 100 free, clocking in at 52.24, easily beating Samantha Getzen (54.61) of Scottsdale Notre Dame and Salpointe's Payton Stauch (55.06)
Arcadia won the girls' title with 289 points, and Salpointe was second at 262. Foothills was eighth with 105 points and CDO 10th with 86.