While vacationing in Spain and hanging out with close friend Jack Blake of Phoenix Brophy Prep, Scottsdale Chaparral junior Ryan Hoffer figured he’d get into the pool for a nice swim.
Hoffer, competing this week in the Spanish nationals, where the best swimmers in Spain are competing, set a personal record in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing second at 53.32 seconds.
Hoffer, who owns the state high school record in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, will compete on Saturday in his best event, the 100 freestyle.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Hoffer said in an electronic message from Spain. “I did a different tactic going into the meet, meaning that I’m trying to swim well, but still save more for my main goal, which is the U.S. national.”
That would be Aug. 6-10 in San Antonio.
Hoffer and Blake, a junior swimming sprinter, came to Spain together this summer. Blake has dual citizenship with Spain and the United States. His mother is from Spain.
“Jack is the Spanish junior national champion in the 50 freestyle with a 23.34,” Hoffer said. “I’m training with him and getting him ready.”
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Their personal swim coach, Kevin Zacher, is in Spain with them and helping out with the club program Sabadell serving as their training pool.
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