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Brophy again the favorites as swimming season begins

Today is the official start of swimming season in Arizona, so we thought we'd give you three storylines to watch as the march to the state meet begins.

1) THEY KEEP GOING, AND GOING, AND...

Brophy Prep has now won 23 consecutive swimming titles. The Broncos have won so many crowns in a row, it's tough to keep track of which classification they were in when they won (5A, 5A-I, Division I...). With a multitude of outstanding seniors having graduated last season, you'd think Brophy was in for a long season. But there's still plenty of talent in the water, and some of the team's top swimmers are looking not just for state titles this year, but state records as well. Which brings us to No. 2.

2) RECORDS WERE MADE TO BE BROKEN

Two Brophy swimmers - seniors Mike Nelson and Payton Sorenson, have state records in their sights this season. Nelson is looking for the 100 breastroke mark (56.35 seconds) while Sorenson will aim to be the state's fastest swimmer and take down the 50 free record (19.84 seconds).

3) DIVISION II UP FOR GRABS

Look down the list of teams in Division II from last year's state meet and there's hardly a team you can count out this season. Reigning champ Catalina Foothills still has plenty of talent but they're by no means a lock to hold on to the crown. On the Falcons' heels are teams such as Arcadia, McClintock, Notre Dame and Sabino. Realistically eight teams could head to state this fall with a legitimate shot at putting together a title bid.