High school swimming: 4 locals double their fun

2011-10-02T00:00:00Z 2011-10-02T00:12:28Z High school swimming: 4 locals double their funDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 02, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Two was the magic number at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Four swimmers from Southern Arizona each won two individual events at the 2011 Speedo Classic, which featured 978 athletes from 35 high schools across Arizona.

Additionally, two of those double winners, Canyon del Oro senior Maggie McCord and Catalina Foothills junior Jason Alentado, had record-breaking performances.

McCord led the way on the girls side, taking wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and Ironwood Ridge's Sara Borendame won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breast stroke.

On the boys side, Alentado pulled off a close win in the 200 IM and then easily won the 100 butterfly.

Salpointe Catholic senior Tyler Mattingly earned his pair of wins in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

McCord started her day off by winning the 50 free for the second straight year in 23.30 seconds, breaking the meet record set by Mountain View's Lacey Nymeyer in 2001. Salpointe's Meredith Byl took second in 24.40, and Tanque Verde's Carly Wilson placed third in 24.52.

"I'm so grateful, and the record means so much more because it's Lacey Nymeyer's," McCord said. "She's just such a nice person, and I really respect her. To have her record just means so much to me."

Two events later, McCord won the 100 free in 52.55 over Wilson, who finished in 53.46. McCord said her performance gives her a good morale boost in her quest to win her first state title.

Alentado said he came into the meet wanting to set the record in the 100 fly. So after starting with a win in the 200 IM in 1 minute 57.39 seconds, his momentum helped him win the 100 butterfly in 51.45, which broke the meet record.

"I didn't even expect to win the 200 IM, but I did," Alentado said. "This meet definitely boosts my confidence for state. I came in wanting to win and I did, so I'm stoked."

I-Ridge's Borendame said she came into the meet feeling nervous, but she didn't show it. She won the 200 IM in 2:10.09 and, about four hours later, won the 100 breast stroke in 1:05.00.

"It was really reassuring to come in and get the wins and know that I'm on track to where I want to be going for the rest of the season," Borendame said. "Hopefully if I can win here maybe I can do it again at state."

Salpointe's Mattingly won the 200 IM in 1:45.63 over Foothills' Joen Brynnel (1:45.97). Then, Mattingly won the 500 free by nearly four seconds in 4:46.80.

"It feels great. I was really excited coming in," he said. "I never thought I'd be winning two events at this meet."

Douglas senior Brandon Young, a two-time defending state champion, won the boys 100 breast stroke in 58.62 to break the meet record. He said a strained groin had kept him out of the pool for three weeks until about a week ago.

"I knew I could get the time, so it was just a matter of swimming it," Young said.

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