Sorenson's swim sprints help Mtn. View boys to Div. I runner-up behind Brophy - East Valley Tribune: VarsityXtra

Sorenson's swim sprints help Mtn. View boys to Div. I runner-up behind Brophy

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Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 8:35 pm | Updated: 11:04 pm, Sat Nov 5, 2011.

Payton Sorenson of Mountain View and Seth Maddy of Mesquite have been dueling for a while. Sorenson got the better of Maddy and the rest of the field at Saturday's Division I state swim meet.

Sorenson swept the sprints, defending his 50 freestyle title, and helped the Toros to a second-place finish at Skyline Aquatic Center.

Oh, and don't give Sorenson any bulletin board material.

"Seth and I have always been going at each other," Sorenson said. "At the beginning of the season, a newspaper wrote an article about him contending with me in the 50 and that just fed my fire even more to push myself so I can beat him."

Brophy won its 24th straight state title and 34th overall with 412 points.

Mountain View amassed 244 points, ahead of third-place Highland (202) and Desert Mountain (164.5). Red Mountain was fifth with 124, Mountain Pointe seventh with 108, Gilbert eighth with 101, Chaparral ninth with 100 and Mesquite in 10th with 89.

"In the 100 (freestyle), my coaches told me since I have the fastest 50 just go off my first 50 and try to hold on," Sorenson said. "Seth definitely has a stronger back half than I do so my only hope was to go all out on that first 50 and try to hold on."

Sorenson, who was seeded fourth, clocked 46.10 in the 100, just ahead of Brophy's Gabriel Espinosa (46.27) and Maddy (46.57), who had the fastest preliminary time. Sorenson also outdid Espinosa in the 50 by .46 seconds. Maddy ended up being disqualified in the event.

Brophy's Chris Webb swept the distance swims, winning the 200 free in 1:39.60, more than six seconds off his prelim time, and the 500 in 4:28.40, more than 14 seconds ahead of second-place teammate Lukas Williams.

In the rarity of the day, Brandon Hughes of Desert Mountain clocked 1:53.84 in the 200 individual medley, exactly the same time as Jason Alentado of Tucson Catalina Foothills, both a second-and-a-half ahead of Highland freshman Kyle Ewoldt.

Alex Schultz of Gilbert, seeded first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, won the 100 back in 50.95 seconds, ahead of Pinnacle's Hunter Thompson (52.29) and Timmy Frakes (52.63) of Brophy. Schultz was fourth behind swimmers from Tucson and Prescott in the butterfly.

In the 100 breaststroke, Michael Nelson of Brophy was just four-tenths of a second off the state record with his preliminary time Friday. He won the race on Saturday but slowed to 57.13, four-tenths of a second off the prelim time.

"I was just hoping to break my time from last year," Nelson said. "It was a little nippy today but what can you ask for?"

Mountain View won two relays to earn more points.

In the 200 medley relay, Mountain View's team of Sorenson, Derek Marske, Edgar Febres and Derek Buckley were nearly two seconds faster than Brophy.

The Toros also beat Brophy in the 200 free relay with the same team in a slightly different order.

In diving, Highland's Bryce Farabee totaled 423.30 points, 28.10 points ahead of second place. Eli McMullen of Desert Mountain was fourth.

 

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