Corona del Sol senior Andrew Howard was a bit weary Thursday afternoon from the rigors of being a high school student and a standout swimmer. But, no one would have known it.
No matter how he feels, when Howard swims, records can fall. Two of them did at the Tempe City Swim Meet at McClintock High School.
Howard broke meet marks in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles to lead the Corona boys to a team title with a 325 score. Second-place Desert Vista had 295. The Corona girls also held up their part, making it a complete sweep for the Aztecs, as they posted a team score of 351 to topple Desert Vista (315) in the sixteam event.
"I had a rough week," Howard said after he posted a time of 47.52 in the 100 to top the 48.30 posted by McClintock’s Sam Gasowski in 1999. Howard shattered the 1990 record in the 50 set by Mountain Pointe’s Chris Cafero (22.41) by swimming a 21.73. "I was just real tired from practice from school and everything. I just tried to do whatever I could."
It marked the second time this season that Howard set two meet marks in an event. He also did it in the Thunder-Wolf Invitational last month. Howard had help from teammate Nate Telep, who also captured two individual victories, winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.32 and the 500 freestyle (4:44.08). Howard and Telep each swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
"I just wanted to have fun and try my best and see what happens," Telep said.
The girls had a trio of two-event winners. Corona’s Erin Campbell won the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.16 and the 100 butterfly (59.94), while Mountain Pointe’s Samantha Caldwell captured the 50 freestyle (25.45) and the 100 freestyle (55.47). Desert Vista’s Nicole McAndrew took the 200 freestyle (1:59.85) and 500 freestyle (5:16.62). Other individual winners for the girls were Corona’s Carly Rollins (1:02.82) in the 100 backstroke and Samantha Maxwell (1:08.96) in the 100 breaststroke.
Desert Vista led the boys individual winners with Darin Maxwell (1:43.70) in the 200 medley relay, Marcus Poehler (1:52.56) in the 200 freestyle, Kevin Curtis (55.48) in the 100 butterfly and Brian Richardson (56.62) in the 100 backstroke. McClintock’s Jordan Spector (1:03.95 ) won the 100 breaststroke.