MESA - Catalina Foothills sophomore Daniella Emami did all she could to help the Falcons restart their state championship streak.
"I've never won an event before and I won both my relays and the 200 IM, which was so fun," Emami said.
Emami won the 200-yard individual medley, was part of the victorious 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, then finished third in the 100 breast stroke to help the Foothills girls win the Division II state title Saturday at the Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa. The Falcons' boys team won its 11th straight title with 310 points.
"We've always had the attitude that we will swim anybody, anywhere, anytime, so we were not intimidated by the competition," Foothills coach R.J. Lundstrom said of the new division structure of the state meet.
The Foothills girls have won 10 of the last 11 state titles in which they competed, under different classifications. On Saturday, they finished with 398 points, well ahead of Arcadia (258). Sabino was fifth with 134.
Carly Wilson of Tanque Verde was second in the 50 free to sprinter extraordinaire Taryn Collura of Phoenix Sunnyslope, who won the 50 and 100. Wilson clocked in at 23.84, just behind Collura's 23.66. In the 100, Wilson finished in 52.12 to Collura's 51.00.
The Foothills all-underclassmen team of Alexis Souza, Emami, Claire Houlton and Krista Duffield won the 200 medley relay in 1:52.08, well ahead of Phoenix Arcadia (1:54.67). The Foothills 200 free relay of Duffield, Jessica Honea, Bonnie Diamond and Emami beat Verrado and Phoenix Sunnyslope.
Houlton was third in the backstroke for Foothills.
LeighAnne Oliver of Sabino was second in the 500 and second in the 100 breast stroke, while Anlise Chiamentti of Foothills was third in the 500.
Sabino's Michaela Valentine, Courtney Dangremond, Caitlin Wright and Oliver, and Foothills' team of Houlton, Brianna Schwanenberger, Diamond and Chiamentti tied for the 400 free relay title, both clocking 3:37.60.
Jason Alentado of Foothills hoped to improve his performance from Friday's preliminaries. Mission accomplished.
Alentado won the 200 individual medley in 1:57.58, ahead of Brandon Young of Douglas (1:59.04). The Falcon also finished second in the 100-yard butterfly behind double winner Chris Pickard of Phoenix Arcadia.
Later in the day, Young won the 100 breast stroke in an automatic all-American time of 57.45 seconds. Ian McLeod and Christian Bidegain of Sabino were fourth and fifth, respectively.
"All morning, I was getting ready for the 200 IM. I got up there and felt great on the blocks," Alentado said. "I just dove in and did what I had to do."
Foothills won the 200 medley relay over Notre Dame and Sabino.
Cole Puchi of Foothills was second in the 50 free at 21.31
Foothills' Harrison Luko was third and Nolan Houlton was fifth in the distance swim. Sophomore Londen Thomas of McClintock won the 500 free in 4:42.33.
The Sabino relay team of Ian McLeod, Joey Heiman, J.T. Oliver and Christian Bidegain won the 200 free relay over Tempe McClintock in 1:30.74.