MESA - Arms around each other, Reed Patterson of Rincon/University and Jason Alentado of Catalina Foothills looked like buddies after a dip in the pool - a duel in the 100 butterfly.
Patterson was at a bit of a disadvantage coming from lane 2 because he didn't have a fast preliminary time. But he found his groove Saturday at the Division I state swimming finals at Skyline High School.
"I just did not bring my game face (Friday), today I did a lot better," Patterson said. "I wished I could have seen Jason the whole race but I couldn't, so I just had my head down and raced. But it still felt good. I'm happy with my time. It feels good being on that podium."
Patterson finished in 50.52 seconds, just .14 of a second ahead of Alentado, leaving the favorite, Alex Schultz of Gilbert, in a distant fourth.
"I race him every day in practice because he is on my club team (Ford Aquatics in Tucson) so I'm used to racing him," said Alentado.
Alentado got a win Saturday, but it was a rarity - a tie. In the 200 individual medley, Alentado clocked 1:53.84, exactly the same time as Brandon Hughes of Scottsdale Desert Mountain.
"I dropped a lot of time, that was a great race," Alentado said. The junior won the Division II 200 IM title last year and was second in the butterfly.
The Division I boys title was won by Phoenix Brophy Prep for the 24th year in a row, earning 412 points on Saturday. Foothills was sixth with 119.5 points, Rincon was 21st (29), Canyon del Oro 22nd (28) and Ironwood Ridge 24th (22).
In diving, Nathan Belch of Foothills amassed 395.20 points, good for second.
Maggie McCord of CDO won the 50 freestyle and came in second in the 100 free to finish her high school career.
In the 50, she knocked three-tenths of a second off her preliminary time, finishing in 23.09. She also went low in the 100, but finished .15 of a second behind double-winner Kat Simonovic of Mesa Mountain View.
"The 100 really hurt," McCord said. "It was so hard. I love swimming against Phoenix swimmers. There is more competition. It's definitely shows you where you are at."
In the 100 breaststroke, junior Sara Borendame of Ironwood Ridge didn't improve on her preliminary time but didn't have to, finishing in 1:04.03.
Xavier won its 13th straight state title with 429 points. Foothills was eighth with 105 points, CDO ninth with 86, Ironwood Ridge 12th with 68 and Rincon 16th with 43.