High-SchoolArizona: Swimming

Arizona fall postseason update

November, 15, 2011
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We've been MIA for a little while, but the Arizona postseason has been in full swing, so it's time to get back on track and find out what's going on around the state.

FOOTBALL:

Joseph City has already won its third straight title in Division VI, but most of the other playoff rounds are deep into their brackets. In Division I there's been just one upset; No. 7 Basha took down second-ranked Brophy Prep. It looked as though Brophy was the only true challenge to top-ranked Hamilton, still running strong with the nation's longest winning streak. We'll see if Desert Ridge, Basha or Desert Vista has what it takes to slow down the Huskies. In Division II, fellow FAB 50 squad Centennial continues to win big after its slow start to the season and is a heavy favorite, but the three remaining teams (Centennial, Cienega and Ironwood Ridge) should not be taken lightly. Division III looks up for grabs (though we like Saguaro), Division IV has Blue Ridge and Show Low on another collision course, and Northwest Christian looks to be a heavy favorite in Division V.

CROSS COUNTRY:

You can find a full rundown of the state meets per our DyeStat team here. Arizona will also be hosting the NXN Southwest Regional this weekend at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Gilbert.

SWIMMING:

Ho-hum, Brophy Prep won again. The team claimed its 24th consecutive crown in Division I, outscoring runner-up Mesa Mountain View by 168 points. In a more close contest, Salpointe Catholic toppled Arcadia by 86 points. Only one meet record was set, as Mesa Mountain View's 200 free relay team set a new state mark.

GOLF:

Brophy Prep and Canyon del Oro each claimed team titles this season, each winning by very narrow margins. Pinnacle's Zach Wright and CDO's Jaime Waltmire took the individual titles.

OTHER:

Thunderbird's Marcus Wheeler is a standout basketball player who's headed to Kansas. Well, not quite. While both of those things are true, Wheeler is joining the Jayhawks next fall to play baseball, not hoops. Wheeler, a point guard for the basketball team, hit .554 and drove in 50 runs last season.

Brophy again the favorites as swimming season begins

September, 1, 2011
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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.

Got Game: Payton Sorenson

August, 26, 2011
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Name: Payton Sorenson
School: Mesa Mountain View
Sport: Swimming

Got Game: After last year’s stunning performance, it’s safe to assume Sorenson has the 50-year state record in his sights. His winning time of 20.44 seconds at the Division I state meet was an auto-All-American qualifier and put him just 0.22 seconds from the D-I record of 20.22 seconds (the All-Arizona record is a little further away, at 19.84 seconds). Sorenson’s pursuit of the record should help his team improve on last year’s third-place result.

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