Clara Jenck didn’t have an easy time at the
state swim meet Saturday but you wouldn’t know that if you just saw
The Mountain Pointe junior won the 100
backstroke and was third in the 200 freestyle on a successful day
in the water for the Ahwatukee schools at Skyline Aquatic Center in
“You just have to push the turns and the
underwaters and pick up the tempo,” Jenck said in rallying for the
100 backstroke win. “The turns always get me, I’m really bad at
Jenck won the 100 back in 56.51, 1.05
seconds ahead of Talie Anchustegui of Xavier and 1.17 seconds in
front of Pinnacle freshman phenom Victoria Toris. Jenck was third
in the 200 free behind double-winner Kat Simonovic of Mountain View
and Tucson Rincon freshman Briana Leverenz. Jenck clocked 1:52.27
in the 200 free, 3.28 seconds behind Simonovic.
“Winning is nice, but I’m mostly concerned
about the time, whoever wins out there, they deserved it,” Jenck
The Pride girls team finished 10th with 84
points. Xavier won its 13th straight state title, as
Desert Vista was fifth overall with 149
points despite not having a swimmer finish any better than
Thunder junior Mary Geavaras led the way,
finishing third in the 50 free with a time of 24.40, 1.31 seconds
behind the winner, and sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
Sophomore Emily Ankeney was seventh in the
50 free in 25.02. Cecelia Kowalski, a freshman at DV, was sixth the
500 free a little more than 10 seconds off the pace.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Ankeney,
Madeline Nichols, Halle Wilson and Geavaras was third behind Xavier
and Red Mountain.
For Mountain Pointe, Nicole VanAlstine
finished eighth in the 100 butterfly
In the boys meet, Mountain Pointe was
seventh with 108 points and Desert Vista 15th with 39 points.
Also as expected, Brophy Prep won the team
title for the 24th consecutive year, scoring 412 points.
Ben Fitch of Mountain Pointe was third in
the 200 free, clocking in at 1:42.86, not far behind Lukas Williams
(1:42.59) and Chris Webb (1:39.60), both of Brophy. He was also
third in the 500 free, again behind Williams and Webb. Fitch was 15
seconds behind winner Webb.
Fitch also anchored the Pride’s 200 free
relay team that finished fifth. The team includes Connor Engelmann,
Julian Enriquez and Filemon Scooler. Fitch led off on the 400 free
relay team that also finished fifth.
The Thunder 200 free relay team of Cole
Miller, Dietrich Benz, Sean Chester and Mark Young also won the
consolation final in their event.