The boys from Phoenix Brophy wasted no time in once again placing their stamp as a swim power in Arizona, cruising to victory in the 10th annual Thunder Wolf Classic at Chandler High School. The Broncos scored 447 points, outdistancing Scottsdale Desert Mountain (211) and third-place Scottsdale Chaparral (188).
The girls’ event was closer, with Phoenix Desert Mountain (317 points) pushing past improving Mesa Mountain View (286 1 /2) and Chaparral to win.
The 528 total points allowed Desert Mountain to capture the combined title, while Brophy’s efforts, even without a girls team, netted them second place.
The Broncos set the stage in the first event as the relay of Alex Lendrum, Austen Thompson, John Wojciechoski and Robert Mitchell set a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay at 1 minute, 41.09 seconds, topping the eight-year-old record by more than a second.
Brophy, with the junior Thompson on board again, later shattered the meet record in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:15.07 clocking, nearly five seconds faster than its own record set last year.
In all, ten meet records fell at this year’s meet.
“For my kids to do well now, while they are in the midst of hard practices and at this time of year is good to see,” Bronco coach Pat O’Neill said. O’Neill is in his first year at Brophy after several years with Mountain View.
Even though it might seem easy for Brophy, junior Bronco Thompson, who set an individual meet record in the boys’ 200 IM (1:58.33), says the team has some bonding to do.
“For a program like ours, it could be easy to rest on tradition,’’ said Thompson, also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that earned a record. “But it is important that the upperclassmen, especially our seniors, make sure we all understand that we defend what we have done for a long time to come.”
Desert Mountain’s girls also got out quickly with two wins from junior Whitney Lopus (the 200 freestyle and 100 fly), and a second in the 200 medley relay.
“I thought my races were solid today,” Lopus said. “This early in the season, I want to be able to see progress. We need to bring up the intensity as we get closer to the regional and state meets.”
Mountain View coach Glen Coy was pleased, and a bit surprised, by his team’s secondplace finish.
“On paper, we were 100 points behind Desert Mountain coming into this meet,” Coy said. “I am real proud how we stepped up and competed.”
Mountain View got wins from Aleesha Miller in the 50 yard freestyle and a meet record from their 200 yard freestyle relay (1:40.40), beating their own record from last year by just over a second.
Chandler High School’s pool has 25 lanes, and electronic timing device, and also plenty of lighting.
The last events of the meet were held under the lights.
Chandler coach Richard Johnson said he would love to see the school host a state swim meet.
“This was a good look to see how well we could accommodate the teams and the spectators,” he said.