Phoenix Bourgade Catholic didn’t qualify for any relays in the Division II boys swimming and diving championships Saturday at Mesa’s Skyline Aquatic Center. But it had one incredible swimmer.
Senior Jake Lambros set personal records in the 200-yard freestyle at 1 minute, 42.16 seconds and in the 100 free at 46.16 and was chosen the meet’s top boy swimmer.
“I haven’t swam this fast in a very long time,” said Lambros, who is hoping to land a swimming scholarship to a four-year college. “A personal best in everything. It was mostly mental.”
Lambros, who swims for the club Arizona Swimming Gauchos, said he had never won a state high school championship until now.
“Last year, I got third and fourth and that was it,” Lambros said. “Competitively, I started swimming in high school and I haven’t stopped.”
Phoenix Arcadia captured its first boys state championship since 2009 with 252 points. Tucson Salpointe Catholic, the state champ last year, was second at 221 points. Queen Creek was third with 206 Â½ points.
“Everybody held each other accountable,” said Arcadia sophomore Matt Anderson, who won the 100 breaststroke at 59.02 seconds and swam anchor in his team’s winning 400 freestyle relay. “Everybody did their splits two seconds faster than yesterday (in preliminaries).”
Arcadia coach Sam Perry said as the season progressed he felt “this was our meet to lose.”
Arcadia was second to Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep in the 200 medley relay and was sixth in the 200 free relay, which Notre Dame also captured.
“We dropped a few places (Friday) but our guys stepped up today and moved up those spots,” Arcadia coach Sam Perry said.
Perry felt that senior Danny Bullington was a key. He finished second to Notre Dame’s Joseph Starkweather in the 50 free, improving his preliminary time of 22.39 to 21.97. He just made finals with the eighth-fastest time in preliminaries.
Bullington finished second to Anderson in the 100 breaststroke, knocking more than a second off his preliminary time, finishing in 59.83.
Arcadia also got an individual championship from freshman Antonio Ramirez, who captured the 500 free in 4:46.01, eight seconds faster than the runner-up.
Bullington also was part of Arcadia’s championship 400 relay.
“He had very little rest but he got better with each swim,” Perry said.
Phoenix Cortez sophomore Max Mountour won the 100 backstroke (53.67) and the 200 individual medley (1:59.19). Starkweather was part of two winning relays and won the 50 free in 21.76.
Casa Grande senior Steven Koppel won the 100 butterfly with an All-American consideration time of 50.46.