Mountain View girls swimmer Kat Simonovic was a big favorite to win the 200-yard freestyle finals on Saturday afternoon at the Division I state meet.
So big, in fact, one publication already counted the win before she entered the pool.
“I read an article last night before I went to bed that said, ‘Kat Simonovic: Four-time champ in the same event ,’” she said. “This hadn’t even happened yet and people were already publishing things.”
Simonovic lived up to the billing, cruising to the victory in the 200 free in 1:47.22 at the Skyline Aquatic Center. She became the 10th swimmer in the past 50 years to win the same event four times in her high school career, just as the story forecasted.
“It was actually a good confidence-booster, because there were people out there who have so much belief in me that they can actually publish an article saying, “She’s already going to win. There’s no question about it,’” Simonovic said. “It was great.”
Simonovic also won the 100 butterfly to wrap up a career in which she captured seven state titles. She was named the Division I Swimmer of the Year.
Xavier won the team title with 330 points, although Pinnacle used some high-end talent to finish in a relatively close second place with 245 points.
Victoria Toris won the 50- and 100-freestyles while Pioneers teammate Isabel Whited captured the 500 freestyle.
Mountain View finished in third place with 169 points, followed by Chandler (154 points) and Desert Vista (149). Hamilton (seventh place), Chaparral (eighth) and Red Mountain (ninth) also finished in the top-10.
Mountain Pointe’s Clara Jenck had an impressive showing, winning state titles in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
Westwood's Kyra Tatlow captured the Division I diving title.
Brianna Jurries started her swimming career at Valley Christian in 2A and finished it in Division II against an uptick in competition, but it didn’t matter.
Jurries won the 100-yard breaststroke for the fourth consecutive time in her high school career, and since she swam before Simonovic, was the ninth swimmer in Arizona in the past 50 years to accomplish the feat.
Jurries finished the race in 1:04.07, more than two and a half seconds ahead of second-place Jaimie Bryan from Phoenix Country Day. She also captured the 200-yard individual medley race in a time of 2:03.74.
Notre Dame’s Samantha Getzen also won a pair of races, capturing the 100 butterfly in 55.87 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 52.83 seconds.
Tucson Salpointe won the team title with 246 points, followed by Arcadia, which totaled 221. Notre Dame finished in fourth place (172 points) while Campo Verde (seventh), Scottsdale Prep (ninth) and Higley (tenth) also made the top-10.