High school swimming: Salpointe senior eyes multiple state titles

Top seed Mattingly has chance in 200, 500 free and relays
2011-11-03T00:00:00Z 2011-11-03T07:17:50Z High school swimming: Salpointe senior eyes multiple state titlesDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 03, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Salpointe Catholic swimmer Tyler Mattingly has a good vibe heading into the Division II state meet this weekend in Mesa.

"I definitely feel like I'm the fastest I've ever been," he said.

The speedy senior is seeded No. 1 in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, with the fastest qualifying times.

Mattingly also had the best time in the 200 individual medley but won't swim the event at state. Instead he will do the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay and the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay for the Lancers, the top seed in both events as well.

With a 4.2 grade-point average, Mattingly is hoping to go to a "really strong academic school and hopefully swim for their team too." He wants to study engineering.

"He's a straight-A student," Salpointe coach Matt Hough said. "He puts classroom first and then he somehow finds time to balance out his swimming schedule."

Here are a few reasons why Mattingly can win multiple state championships this weekend:

Training

Mattingly called freestyle his main stroke.

"The free is what I train for most of the time and put most of my effort into," Mattingly said.

He said it's not about practicing the distances he races but instead building up his heart rate.

"I do longer stuff with less rest to build up endurance, rather than the sprinter who just does short little bursts with a ton of rest in between," Mattingly said.

"It's more yards and more aerobic stuff to keep your heart rate going than anything else," he added.

Prior to Saturday's meet, Mattingly said the workouts will gradually get easier and he'll make sure he's ready.

"I'll probably carbo-load a couple days before the state meet and eat a ton of pasta and bread," Mattingly said.

Confidence

Mattingly said it's important to enter the state meet confident and prepared.

"You have to be sure of yourself - that everything you've done has prepared you well enough to do well," he said.

He got a boost in the Speedo Classic, winning the 200 and 500 free at UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

"Beating everyone at the Speedo meet made me feel really confident and excited about what I can do once state comes around," Mattingly said about the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 meet.

His relay teammates have the same approach, he said.

"We're really confident. We find that the more confident you are, the better you can do," Mattingly said.

Experience and desire

Being a senior, Mattingly said winning at state for the first time would be huge.

He finished third in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free in last year's Division I state meet. Now that Salpointe is in Division II, he said it's like a step back.

Still, winning "would be the fulfillment of everything I've worked for."

"It sounds really great and I'm really excited to see what I can do," Mattingly said. "It would mean a lot, not just for me but for my school, my parents and my family."

State playoffs Schedule

Football

First round of playoffs (All games Friday at 7 p.m.)

Division I

• No. 12 Sunnyside at No. 5 Mesa Red Mountain

• No. 10 Tucson at No. 7 Chandler Basha

Division II

• No. 15 Sahuaro at No. 2 Cienega

• No. 14 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep at No. 3 Salpointe Catholic

• No. 11 Glendale Apollo at No. 6 Ironwood Ridge

• No. 10 Canyon del Oro at No. 7 Tempe Marcos de Niza

Division III

• No. 16 Gilbert Campo Verde at No. 1 Sabino

• No. 13 Douglas at No. 4 Queen Creek

• No. 11 Avondale Agua Fria at No. 6 Nogales

Division IV

• No. 11 Empire at No. 6 Mohave Valley River Valley

Volleyball

Division I quarterfinals

• No. 10 Rincon/University at No. 2 Phoenix Xavier, today, 7 p.m.

Division III first round

• No. 15 Sahuarita vs. No. 2 Catalina, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Friday, 2 p.m.

Boys swimming

State meet (Friday at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa)

• Division I swimming preliminaries, 10 a.m.

• Division II swimming preliminaries, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday

• Division I diving finals, 9:45 a.m.

• Division I and II swimming finals, noon

• Division II diving finals, 1:45 p.m.

Girls swimming

State meet (Friday at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa)

• Division I diving finals, 9:45 a.m.

• Division I swimming preliminaries, 10 a.m.

• Division II diving finals, 1:45 p.m.

• Division II swimming preliminaries, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday

• Division I and II swimming finals, noon

Boys cross country

State meet (Saturday at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix)

• Division I, 9 a.m.

• Division IV, 10:30 a.m.

• Division II, 11:10 a.m.

• Division III, 12:40 p.m.

Girls cross country

State meet (Saturday at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix)

• Division IV, 9:30 a.m.

• Division I, 10 a.m.

• Division III, 11:40 a.m.

• Division II, 12:10 p.m.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Activate

Latest Video

More videos

Coach Bill Dawson on assisting for Ollie Mayfield

Daniel Gaona and Bill Dawson talk about former Tucson High coach Ollie Mayfield.


Most Popular

Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...

Want an organic skin care product that works? Call Paula at Sweet P's! (520) 909-1192

Our mission is to produce a superior Organic Skin Care Product…