Michael White didn’t garner interest from local swimming power Brophy when he entered high school three years ago.
Instead, he followed his childhood coach, Jeff Anderson, to Dobson, where the facilities and tradition pale in comparison to what the Broncos have.
In the last swim meet of his career, White showed none of that mattered.
The Mustangs senior finished as a dual state champion after winning the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday at Skyline Aquatic Center. He and Brophy senior T.J. Decker had identical preliminary times in the 100-breaststroke but White won the final by .48 seconds.
“I spent a lot of (practice) time in the pool for this moment,” White said.
To no one’s surprise, Brophy’s depth resulted in an easy team victory, its 25th consecutive state championship. The Broncos totaled 344 points, while Highland (178 points) and Mountain View (155 points) came in second and third place, respectively.
Brophy was led by Gabrielle Espinosa, who won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and also helped Brophy win a pair of relay races. For his efforts, Espinosa was named the Swimmer of the Year in Division I.
Espinosa wanted to finish under 45 seconds in the 100 but just missed with a time of 45.04. He beat Desert Mountain’s Nicholas Magana by .67 seconds.
“I knew he was going to be there, but I had the confidence I was going to come out on top,” Espinosa said.
Teammate Lukas Williams captured the 200-freestyle and finished second in the 500 free.
The Hawks accumulated an impressive number of diving points, led by Bryce Farabee’s state title, to finish as the runner-up.
Gilbert’s Alex Schultz won the 100 backstroke for the second consecutive year with a time of 50.7 seconds. Horizon’s Josh Olszewski won the 500 freestyle in 4:32.47.
Other East Valley teams in the top-10 were Chaparral (fourth place), Desert Mountain (fifth), Mesa (seventh), Dobson (eighth), Desert Vista (ninth) and Hamilton (tenth).
Antonio Ramirez and Matthew Anderson each won an event to lead Arcadia to the boys title with 252 points. The Titans held off Salpointe Catholic (221 points) and Queen Creek (206.5).
Ramirez captured the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.01. He said staying calm in the beginning of the long race wasn’t a problem for him as he felt great all the way through.
“You don’t really feel yourself pacing,” Ramirez said. “I felt really good going out and as I started progressing my speed I felt like I had a good chance. Right when I touched (the wall) I got butterflies. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.”
Anderson captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.02 seconds , while Notre Dame’s Joseph Starkweather won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 21.76 seconds.
East Valley teams Notre Dame (fourth place) and Campo Verde (seventh) also finished in the top-10. Williams Field came in 11th.