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Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2006 7:26 am | Updated: 2:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Scottsdale Desert Mountain teams dominated the field to take home first place in the 5A Division II swimming and diving state championships Saturday at Arizona State’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

The Desert Mountain girls finished the day with a total of 484 points; 272 more than second-place Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor.

Along the way to racking up their points, the girls collected nine first-place finishes, six automatic All-American times and three All-Americanconsideration times.

They got off to a quick start, easily winning the 200-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Malia Johnson and juniors Emily Barton, Torrey Loper and Whitney Lopus won with a time of 1:50.40, an All-American-consideration time.

Sandra Day O’Connor came in second with a time of 1:59.31, with Tempe Marcos de Niza (1:59.89), Paradise Valley (2:00.37) and Mesa Desert Ridge (2:01.05) rounding out the top five.

Lopus earned Desert Mountain’s first automatic All-American time by winning the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.70.

Lopus became an individual double winner later when she won the 100 butterfly in 56.90. The time was also her second automatic All-American time of the day.

Lopus helped the Wolves cap their day of dominance when she and junior Angela Duckworth, Johnson and Barton won the 400 freestyle relay with an automatic All-American time of 3:31.33.

Duckworth successfully defended her 500 freestyle title, winning with an All-American-consideration time of 4:59.06.

Duckworth narrowly defeated teammate Johnson, who came in second at 5:00.20, also an All-Americanconsideration time.

Duckworth was also part of the first-place 200 freestyle team, which included freshman Claire Duckworth and sophomores Claire Moty and Laura DiFrancisca. The team finished with a time of 1:42.80.

The other three Wolves’ first-place finishes came from Barton in the 200 medley with an automatic All-American time of 2:04.14, Loper in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.43 and Barton in the 100 breaststroke with an automatic All-American time of 1:04.81.

Tempe Marcos de Niza finished sixth (139) and Paradise Valley eighth (133). Mesa Skyline placed 13th.


Desert Mountain compiled 12 top-five finishes and one All-American-consideration time to finish with 356 points.

The Wolves’ biggest event of the day came in the 100 butterfly. Desert Mountain took three of the top five spots. Junior Sam Weinstein finished second with an All-American-consideration time of 51.37. Senior Kyle Adler came in third with a time of 54.46, and freshman Rob Heer finished with a time of 55.22 to take third place.

Adler took first place in the 500 freestyle event with a time of 4:49.89. Teammate Tyler Johnson placed third with a time of 4:53.45.

Adler and Weinstein teamed with junior David Russell and senior Matt Hendley to take second place in the 200 freestyle relay.

Caleb Percevecz won the diving event for Desert Mountain with a score of 522.20.

Marcos de Niza placed sixth with a total of 161 points, Desert Ridge ninth (113), Paradise Valley 10th (10) and Skyline 15th (48).

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