MESA - Even with a cold, Katie Olsen led her team to a fourth-place finish at the state swim meet - and it might have been a little better without a disqualification.
Olsen started the day with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley but ended it with an impressive win in the 100 breaststroke, clocking an all-America time of 1:02.00, more than three seconds ahead of Xavier's Elaine Casap. It was her second straight win in the event.
"Improvise, you have to swim when you have to swim," Olsen said when asked how she competes while under the weather. "It was a good swim, under the circumstances, I'm happy with it."
The Desert Vista girls amassed 203 points at the Division I state meet Saturday at Kino Junior High in Mesa. The Thunder were just behind Mountain View (209.5) and Scottsdale Chaparral (220). Phoenix Xavier Prep won its 12th consecutive state title, earning 401 points. Mountain Pointe finished sixth with 108 points.
The Division I boys title went to Phoenix Brophy Prep, which won its 23rd straight state championship and 33rd overall. The Broncos scored 474.5 points to Mesa Red Mountain's 203.5. Mountain Pointe finished seventh with 118.5 points while Desert Vista was 19th with 32.
In the girls' competition, Olsen lost in the 200 IM, but Megan Cox of Chaparral needed an automatic all-America time to beat the Thunder senior.
Olsen was also part of Desert Vista's victorious 200 medley relay team and anchored a fifth-place 200 free relay squad.
"I would have liked to have gone faster," said Olsen, who holds the state record in the breaststroke, set last year. "It's a good time. I'm happy with it."
But Olsen was thinking about where the Thunder would finish.
"I love swimming for my team more than swimming for myself," she said. "We're really disappointed because one of our girls got disqualified because of a suit misunderstanding."
In the 100 free, Lauren Torres of Desert Vista, who had the seventh-best qualifying time, was disqualified.
Torres was fourth in the 100 butterfly earlier in the day.
The 200 medley relay of Mickey Melosi, Olsen, Torres and Mary Geavaras easily won their event, beating Mountain View by more than three seconds. The 200 free relay team of Halle Wilson, Emily St. Antoine, Alisha Maxwell and Olsen finished second, 4.6 seconds behind leader Xavier.
For Mountain Pointe, sophomore Clara Jenck showed some promise, earning two third-place finishes. She actually had the best preliminary time in the 100 backstroke going into the meet.
Double winner Leticia Lelli of Chaparral won the 100 backstroke, ahead of Jenck.
In the 200 free, Jenck just got under all-American consideration time of 1:51.98. She finished in 1:51.91. She knew she would have to swim near flawless to live up to her top ranking.
"For the 200 free I want to be all-American," said Jenck, adding that she needs to work on her turns and other fundamentals.
The Mountain Pointe 200 medley relay team of Jenck, Lauren Crider, Nicole Val Alstine and Stefanie Conroy was third behind Mountain View and Desert Vista.
The Desert Vista 400 free relay team of Torres, Geavaras, Melosi and Stephanie Shober was third behind Xavier and Chaparral, which came within .17 of a second of the state record.
Melosi of Desert Vista was seventh in the 100 backstroke. Geavaras of Desert Vista was seventh in the 100 free and eighth in the 50 free.
Mountain Pointe's Zach Bradley was fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley. Jeff Ding was seventh in the 200 IM and eighth in the 500 free.
The Mountain Pointe 200 medley relay of Bradley, Connor Engelmann, Ding and Connor McCook was fourth. Engelmann was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Connor Dignan of Desert Vista was third in diving, scoring an all-America mark of 407.7 points.