Rincon/University’s Brianna Leverenz and Catalina Foothills’ Krista Duffield might compete in opposite divisions, but the two had something in common Saturday at the High School Classic.
Both won a pair of individual titles at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in one of the biggest meets of the year, which featured 998 swimmers and divers from 44 schools around Arizona.
Foothills swept the team titles but Rincon finished second on the girls side and Leverenz, the younger sister of Olympic medalist Caitlin Leverenz, may have been the star of the day.
The junior won the 200-yard free in 1 minute 55.94 seconds and edged Ironwood Ridge’s Madeline Bolin to win the 100 free in 58.77. Leverenz also anchored the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams which both finished second.
“I’m not especially a sprinter so doing the 100 was a little different for me but I really enjoyed it,” said Leverenz, who won the girls 500 free at the Brophy Xavier Invitational last weekend.
Duffield, a senior, entered the meet with the best time in both the 50 free and 100 fly so it was no surprise when she won both in 24.38 and 58.77, respectively.
“I was really happy with my butterfly because normally I go out too fast and I tend to die but I think I paced it better that normal,” said Duffield, who also anchored the Falcons to a win in the 200 free relay.
On the boys side, Walden Grove senior Trey Cashion had another record-setting performance. He beat club teammate and Foothills junior Matt Lujan in the 100 backstroke, besting the five-year-old meet record by .57.
“I went a lot faster than I thought I would,” said Cashion, who also finished second in the 100 free. “We knew what the record was but we just wanted to race each other and have fun.”
Lujan had won the 200 IM earlier Saturday in 2:02.45.
Among the other local winners was Salpointe Catholic’s Natalie Ward, who took first in the 500 free in 5:13.98, and Tucson High freshman Delaney Schnell, who scored a 422.50 in diving.
Also, I-Ridge’s Bolin won the girls 100 backstroke in 1:00.21, Foothills’ Bonnie Diamond won the 200 IM (2:13.69) and Rincon freshman Elenora Bailey won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.16.
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