Scottsdale Chaparral freshman Ryan Hoffer swam faster than any Arizona swimmer in history Friday, but he didn’t know it until nearly a half hour after his 50-yard freestyle preliminary at Mesa’s Skyline Aquatic Center.
The timing mechanism that showed 20.64 seconds on the board was off.
His official time was 19.55, breaking former Tucson Catalina Foothills star Herbie Behm’s state record of 19.84, set in 2008.
“It’s my first (state) meet,” Hoffer said. “I have a couple of years to get it. But I just figured to go get it right now.”
Hoffer, who dropped 1.08 seconds from his previous best time this season, isn’t done.
The Division I swimming and diving finals are, Saturday, starting at 2:30 p.m.
“I think I can do better,” he said after his 50 prelim.
The national record, according to Swimming World magazine, is 19.36, set this year by Caeleb Dressel of Clay High in Florida.
He’ll have three other swimmers keeping him moving fast in the water.
Cave Creek Cactus Shadows junior Conner Stirling, Phoenix Brophy Prep freshman Jack Blake and Brophy senior Brad Dorsey all broke 21 seconds.
Phoenix Arcadia junior Matt Anderson set a state record in 100-yard breaststroke with a time if 55.94 in the Division I preliminaries.
“I got off the block fast and kept going strong and got the state record,” Anderson said.
Later, Hoffer set the facility record in the 100 butterfly in 48.18 seconds, keeping his momentum rolling. The state record is 47.87.
Hoffer was also part of Chaparral’s 200 medley relay, which will go after Phoenix Brophy Prep’s state record of 1 minute, 32.45 seconds set in 2008. Chaparral had the fastest qualifying time at 1:33.41.
Scottsdale Desert Mountain senior Nichola Magana had the fastest finals qualifying time in the 200 free at 1:39.86.
Phoenix Pinnacle junior Samantha Fazio comes into Saturday’s girls finals with the fastest 50 free time at 23.41, just ahead of junior teammate Victoria Toris (23.51).
Toris swam the fastest 100 free preliminary in 50.59. Toris won both the 50 and 100 free last year at state.
In Division II, Tucson Salpointe Catholic sophomore Natalie Ward is in position to win both the 200 and 500 freestyle with top preliminary times of 1:57.99 (200) and 5:10.35 (500).
Phoenix Christian senior Angel VanHofwegen swam the fastest Division II girls 50 prelim in 23.41. Krista Duffield of Tucson Catalina Foothills will push VanHofwegen in the 50. She swam the fastest 100 fly in 56.81.
Senior J.J. Osborn led Scottsdale Saguaro in the pool in the Division II boys preliminaries.
He had the second-fastest times in the 50 free (20.71) and 100 fly (50.21), behind Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep’s Joe Starkweather, who swam the 50 in 20.68 and the 100 fly in 49.74.
Saguaro and Notre Dame were 1-2 in the boys 200 medley relay preliminaries, with Osborn and Starkweather part of their respective teams.