TYR High School Classic
Saturday, Oct. 7: Hillenbrand Aquatic Center
Sahuaro High School and Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics hosted the 16th Annual High School Swim Classic on Saturday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on the University of Arizona campus.
100 FLY: Drake Barberii, Rincon/University (51.31) record time
200 FREE: Aidan Reagan, Salpointe (1:47.65)
200 IM: Wyatt Matson, CDO (1:58.03)
50 FREE: Kristen Alicea Jorgensen, Rincon/UHS (24.63)
50 FREE: Xander Pollock, CDO (22.12)
100 FREE: Miles Bottai, Rincon/UHS (49.21)
500 FREE: Scott Pekarske, Catalina Foothills (4:44.60)
100 BACK: Samantha Covello, Tucson (59.62)
DIVING: Summer Westmoreland, Catalina Foothills (416.80)
Catalina Foothills freshman diver Summer Westmoreland beat Desert Vista sophomore Isabelle Lombardi 416. 80 to 396.85 and Catalina Foothills sophomore Hannah Kunstman took third (383.30).
“It’s really nice to win this meet,’ Westmoreland said. “High school is more fun than the stress of club and it’s great to know I’m able to compete and win.”
Canyon del Oro standouts Xander Pollock and Wyatt Matson helped lead the Dorados back to the medal stand and they hope to make it a regular occurrence.
Besides winning the 200 IM, Matson took second to Rincon’s Drake Barberii in the 100 Fly and Pollock took second in the 100 Free to go along with his championship in the 50 Free.
“It felt like a long time coming,” Pollock said. “This is a good step for us this time of year.”
Matson the anchor of the first-place 200 Free Relay team along with Pollock, Landyn Reister and Tyler Lerew.
“Our team really stepped up this year,” Matson added. “We came from getting no shirts to collecting a few.”
The top three finishers at the High School Classic were awarded “shirts” instead of medals.
The Mike Ward Memorial Swim and Dive Invitational will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Amphitheater Pool and the Southern Arizona Regional Qualifier will be held from Oct.27-28 at the Oro Valley Pool.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com