The records keep falling and there’s still more than a month to go until the state swimming meet.
The Brophy-Xavier Invitational on Saturday featured more of what was seen at last week’s Chandler Wolves Classic, and the swimmers aren’t even peaking yet. This time, there were only a couple of surprises while Phoenix Brophy junior John Wojciechowski continued his attempt to rewrite the record book.
The Scottsdale resident won the 100 butterfly in a record time of 48.59 seconds, smashing his 49.17 swim of a week ago, which lowered the state record of 49.37 set in 2000.
“I think I’m in lot better shape than I was last year,” Wojciechowski said. “I don’t have a problem going fast and focusing for a race even if it is in season. I always have a goal I want to go, a time I want to get.”
His coach, Pat O’Neill, is convinced that Wojo (as he is called) will approach unheard-of times by the end of the season.
“He’s just in phenomenal shape,” O’Neill said. “He’s going to go even faster at regions and state.”
Wojciechowski followed his butterfly with a win a short time later in an event he normally does not swim, the 100 freestyle, beating his nearest rival by more than a second in 46.31.
“I’ve wanted to swim the 100 free, I wanted to swim that really bad,” he said. “But I also wanted to swim the fly so people didn’t think it was a fluke when I went 49.1 (last week), so it was good.”
Meanwhile, Phoenix Xavier senior Haley Krakoski continued her quick start to the season. After a double win at last week’s Wolves meet, she took on an unusual 50-500 double on Saturday. She easily won the 50 freestyle, setting a meet record with a 23.85, more than a second ahead of teammates Cimone Miner (25.03) and Kayra Zsiga (25.07).
But then, a short time later, she swam the grueling 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:03.58, not far behind Olympic trials swimmer Ashley Evans of Phoenix Pinnacle (4:50.17).
“I’m really happy about where I am right now,” Krakoski said. “I was kind of surprised that my times are so close to my best times right now, but I’ve been training really hard.”
Evans easily won the 200 freestyle, nearly matching her meet record with a time of 1:51.80. A familiar name placed second, freshman Leticia Lelli, youngest sister of Scottsdale Chaparral graduate Tamara Lelli, now swimming at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lelli later outswam everyone in the 100 butterfly, winning in 56.89, ahead of Phoenix Arcadia’s Carter Graves, the defending 4A-II champ, and Miner, who tied for second (58.93).
“It is so exciting,” Lelli said.” I don’t know. I finished and I was shocked!”
Surprised by going so fast or beating some top competition? “I think it was a little bit of both,” Lelli said. “I wasn’t really feeling that great in the water, I was just shocked when I finished and saw my time. ”
Chaparral’s Ashley Brewer (58.09) won the 100 backstroke over Graves (1:00.53).
Five meet records fell as Brophy and Xavier easily won team titles. Brophy totaled 435.5 points with Chaparral (244) second and Tucson Catalina Foothills (230.5) third . Xavier totaled 385.5 points, ahead of Chaparral (290) and Catalina Foothills (276) .