Cactus sophomore Katie Dallmann's third place finish in the 1-meter dive was the top finish for any Northwest Valley swimmer.
The Cobra diver placed with a score of 308.90, behind Scottsdale Chaparral diver Roya Asin's minor upset by beating Catalina Foothills' Izzy Diamond, 365.05-336.85
It was a long time in coming, but Scottsdale Chaparral finally dethroned its rival to the south.
Backstroker Ashley Brewer and her teammates drowned out the crowd Saturday after hearing the public address announcer list Tucson Catalina Foothills as the state 4A-I runner-up in the girls' competition.
Chaparral finished with 415.5 points to 386 for Foothills, whose girls didn't even appear to accept the second-place trophy. The Tucson school had won eight straight state titles and the Firebirds hadn't finished first since 1997.
As for Northwest Valley 4A-I schools, Cactus girls placed 18th, Peoria 22nd and Liberty 23rd. On the boys side of the pool, Peoria finished 17th and Cactus landed at 22nd.
Cactus and Peoria represented most in diving, with four swimmers competing along with Dallmann. Cobra seniors Stephanie Butkowski and Jena Boss finished ninth and 13th, respectively. Peoria senior Taylor Roseberry placed 11th in the event.
Cobra sophomore Bobby Goss finished ninth for the boys.
Raymond S. Kellis boys finished 18th in the 4A-II state meet with senior Keven Nalker finishing seventh in the 500-yard freestyle.
Overall, Phoenix Arcadia girls continued its dominance of 4A-II, easily winning the girls state meet and coming in second in the boys competition.
"We had some amazing swims today," said Arcadia coach Erica McClurg. "The girls all swam out of their minds."
Carter Graves earned 4A-II swimmer of the year honors after winning the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Both swims were All-American consideration times.
The Titans amassed 489 points, the most in the three straight years they have now won the state meet. Improving Scottsdale Notre Dame finished second with 267.
There were also some upsets. Gilbert Perry, which finished fifth overall in the girls meet, scored wins in the 100 freestyle and the 200 free relay.
Sophomore Morgan Palmanteer won the 100 free by .12 of a second.
The Perry girls relay team of Meghan Stetka, Amber Groves, Melynn Grebe and Palmanteer edged Arcadia in the 200 free event, clocking 1:44.37, .08 of a second ahead of the Titan girls.
Arcadia's Chris Pickard was the go-to guy for the Titans on the boys' side. He earned swimmer of the year honors with wins in the 200 individual medley (automatic All-American time of 1:52.91), 100 butterfly (50.97) and was on the victorious 200 medley relay team and the second-place 400 free relay team.
The 5A-II state meet will begin today and conclude Saturday with West Valley schools flooding the competition, including Centennial sophomore Tess Simpson who has the second best seed time in the girls 100-yard freestyle and Deer Valley freshman Erica Stock who has the No. 2 seed time in the 200-yard individual medley.
The state meet will be at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center at Arizona State.
Stock's time in the 200 IM is just .92 behind Scottsdale Horizon sophomore Annika Jonsson. The Skyhawk swimmer also has the No. 2 seed time in the 100-yard breaststroke, one second behind Kofa senior Katelyn Weddle.
Mountain Ridge senior Ellie Johnson will eye state titles in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly in this weekend's 5A-I tournament, also at Mona Plummer.
Johnson has the No. 2 seed time in both the 50 free (.08 behind Xavier's Haley Krakoski) and the 100 butterfly (.05 behind Xavier's Cimone Miner).