Catalina Foothills rode wins in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay to the AIA Division II swimming state championship on Friday.
The Falcons did not win any of the individual events, but placed high enough in multiple events to continually add to their lead in overall points.
The Falcons finished with 309.50 points. Campo Verde was second with 242 and Salpointe Catholic (183) was third.
“I’m super excited for the girls. They have worked so hard,” Catalina Foothills coach Robyn Burton said. “It’s been really fun to watch them come together this season. It’s a big thing for them to come together and make those relays work. We are really excited.”
In a race that came down to the final kick, the Falcons topped their 200-yard freestyle relay preliminary time by almost two full seconds.
After finishing second at the state meet last season, Catalina Foothills came prepared as best it could.
“We were pushing for (the state championship) all year,” Burton said. “(The season) started shaping up at the end and we really wanted to come back and get first this year.”
Although her school failed to finish in the top-five for team points, Millennium sophomore Kennedy Noble finished the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.73, a new Arizona high school state record.
On top of her record breaking swim, Noble also claimed the state champion crown in the 200-yard individual medley.
The Chaparral girls swimming team earned its sixth straight state championship in a dominating performance on Friday.
The Firebirds finished with an incredible total of 480 points. Xavier College Prep’s 320 total points was good enough second, while Mountain View placed third with 209 points.
“You kind of get used to winning, but it is always nice to be back in the pools doing what we do,” Chaparral head coach Richie Krzyzanowski said. “(Winning the state championship) is probably one of the most exhilarating things ever.”
The Firebirds dominated in individual competition, winning nine of the total 11 events. Among their successes, the Firebirds also broke the state record in the 200-yard medley relay.
After moving up to Division I last year, Chaparral swimming has quickly established itself as an absolute powerhouse.
“We always knew we were (the best team), no matter where we were at just because of the attitude we bring every single day,” Krzyzanowski said. “(The girls) know how to win. When you look at it, they’re intense because they don’t like losing.”