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 results.
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 Mesa.
“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 turns.”
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 said.
The Pride girls team finished 10th with 84 points. Xavier won its 13th straight state title, as expected.
Desert Vista was fifth overall with 149 points despite not having a swimmer finish any better than third.
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.

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