TAYLOR NATIONS, SABINO
What she did: Nations, a junior, was Southern Arizona’s lone girls swimmer to win multiple individual championships at the Division II state meet. She finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.89 and won the 100 free in 52.21, edging Catalina Foothills senior Hannah Orbach-Mandel by .35 of a second.
Top performance: Nations won four events for the Sabercats at the Marana Tiger Last Chance Invitational a month before the state meet. Nations was first in the 100 free and 100 back. She also helped the 200 medley relay and 400 relay teams to first-place finishes as Sabino’s girls finished second behind Salpointe Catholic, the eventual state runner-up.
What’s next: Of the seven fall sports athletes of the year honored today, Nations is the lone underclassman and will certainly have Sabino as one of the top girls swimming teams to watch next season.
Runner-up: Orbach-Madel, Foothills. The senior was the closest one to Nations when it came to winning multiple individual championships. Orbach-Mandel won the 200 free in 1:53.51 and was second in the 100 free behind Nations; she also anchored the 200 relay team to a win and helped Foothills take second in the 400 relay.