It was the first relay of the day. Carley Stevens stepped up on platform, and her Arcadia teammates were trailing.
But that's what being the anchor is all about - closing speed.
With a 24.69-second final leg, Stevens pushed Arcadia ahead of Phoenix Country Day and won the first event on the Titans' way to winning the Div. II girls state championship.
"We were down in the medley relay and she brought us back," said Arcadia coach Erica McClurg. "I think that's what set the tone for the day ... "I would say we were a couple seconds down and she just motored around in the pool and we pulled off the win."
Stevens added to her own personal win with a 5:06.67 in the 500 freestyle later in the day.
Notably Stevens was matched up with Phoenix Country Day's Danielle Lee in that first medley. Lee logged the day's fastest 100-yard backstroke with a 55.24 seconds after Div. I Mountain Pointe's Clara Jenks logged a 56.51.
"That was my game plan from the very beginning - just to go very fast from the beginning to see if I could hold it through the back 50," Lee said. "I just got really excited for that race and went for it in that first 50."
Lee earlier posted a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a 1:51.42. Fellow Eagles shared her success with a win in the 200 medley relay.
Notre Dame took fourth place with 217 points and Valley Christian finished seventh with 105 points.
Valley Christian star Briana Jurries also posted two wins - the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.98, then won the 100 buttterfly by .09 seconds against Notre Dame freshman Samantha Getzen.
"When I go into a race I try to not think at all and just let my training and my body take over," Jurries said. "...Today, I got on my racing suit, and just put on a different persona so I would be ready to swim and go as fast as I could."
The Arcadia boys also set a tone early, but the one set by Tucson Salpointe Cathlic proved overwhelming.
Led by Nathan Anderson, who posted a win in the 100 butterfly and a second-place finish in the 200 medley.
"We had never swam against (Salpointe) before, because they were Div. I (last year), so we just never really had seen them," McClurg said. "I think it was more of a numbers game because [Salpointe] has a number of great swimmers, but our swimmers did as well as they could, and we're very proud that they got second place for sure."
The Titans' Hayden Sells won first place in the 1-meter diving, while Arcadia's Ben Gustafson earned a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle. Gustafson and Anderson also earned second as part of the 400 relay.
However, that still wasn't enough to topple Salpointe, which finished the meet with 400 points compared with Arcadia's 314. Queen Creek capped an impressive season with a third place finish (157 points) while Notre Dame took fifth place.
Notre Dame's Jack Poupore took home a gold for a 21.70 time in the 50 freestyle.