Teams to watch
Desert Vista girls: There is some some high-end talent and great depth should have the Thunder in the running for the state championship. Recently won the star-studded Wolves Invitational over Xavier and Pinnacle.
Xavier: The Gators have captured 15 consecutive state championships but another one is in serious jeopardy with Desert Vista and Pinnacle nipping at their heels. The team’s young swimmers must grow up quickly.
Pinnacle girls: The Pioneers might have the best collection of elite swimmers in the East Valley. If the team’s second tier can perform well at the state meet, Pinnacle has a shot at the title.
Brophy boys: Brophy loses some elite talent, but not surprisingly, has plenty more waiting in the wings. The Broncos are the deepest boys team in the state and are looking to keep alive a title streak that dates back to 1988.
Desert Vista boys: The Thunder seem like the biggest threat to the Brophy throne. Desert Vista has good depth and could give put a scare into Brophy at state.
Swimmers/divers to watch
Victoria Toris, Jr. Pinnacle: Toris won the 50- and 100-freestyle Division I state championships last season as a sophomore and seems poised to repeat in both events.
Mark Jurek, So., Chandler: The No. 1-ranked 15-year-old in the country should be a contender in the 100 butterfly and 400 IM at the state meet.
Jack Blake, Fr., Brophy: Young sensation burst onto the scene with victories in the 50- and 100-freestyle at the stacked Wolves Invitational last weekend.
Isabel Whited, So., Pinnacle: Won the 500 freestyle and finished second in the 200 freestyle as a freshman. Should battle for both titles again.
Kyle Ewoldt, Jr., Highland: The Hawks’ top boys swimmer finished in second place last year in the 200 IM and excels at the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly as well.
Kyra Tatlow, Sr., Westwood: Tatlow won the Division I diving title a season ago and should be the favorite again.
Other boys swimmers to watch
Arcadia: Antonio Ramirez, So., 200 free; Matthew Anderson, Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast; Brophy: Tom Ottman, Jr., 200 free, 500 free; Isaiah Williams, Jr., 200 IM, 500 free; Brad Dorsey, Sr., 50 free, 100 free; Colby Palivathuhal, 50 free, 100 free; DJ Brown, Jr., 50 free, 100 free; Chaparral: Austin Drummond, Sr., 100 back; Coronado: Dimitry Baer, Sr., 200 free, 500 free; Connor Kelly, Sr., 100 breast; Campo Verde: Kevin Krupitzer, Sr., 100 breast; Riley Williams, diving; Corona del Sol: Nicholas Quon, 100 back; Desert Mountain: Ryan Blair, Sr., 200 IM; Desert Vista: Dietrich Benz, Jr., 100 free, 200 free; Grant Bowers, Jr., 500 free; Eddie Roggenstein, Sr., 100 breast, 200 IM; Miles Dunn. So., 100 breast; Michael Hopper, diving; Joshua Vedder, Fr., 100 back; Dobson: Patrick Wiggins, Sr., 100 free; Hamilton: Lawrence Quintana, So., 100 breast; Hunter Hojnacki, Sr., 100 breast, 200 IM; Ty Dang, Fr., 200 IM; Highland: Cameron Clark, Sr., 200 IM, 100 Back; Calvin Koelble, Sr., 100 Free, 50 Free; Horizon: Ben Olszewski, So., 200 free, 500 free; Kaleb Gould, So., 100 back; Drew Eisen, Jr., 500 free; Mesa: Jaren Hopkins, Jr., 100 free, 100 back; Trevor Jones, Sr., 50 free, 100 free; Notre Dame: Joe Starkweather, Sr., 100 fly, 50 free; Braxton Bilbrey, So., 200 IM, 100 breast; Perry: Benton Marcum, Jr., 100 fly; Pinnacle: Aaron Apel, Jr., 500 free; Queen Creek: Cason Flygare, Sr., 200 free; Red Mountain: Ross McDonnell, Sr., 200 free, 500 free; Tempe Prep: Daniel Knebelsberger, Sr., 100 breast, 50 free.
Other girls swimmers to watch
Apache Junction: Codye Beyer, Sr., 100 breast; Campo Verde: Baylee Stipp, So., diving; Alex Sokhy, diving; Sydney Dahl, Sr., 50 free, 100 free; Chandler: Jocelyn Wang, So., 100 free, 200 free; Allyson Padilla, Jr., 100 free; Marina McInelly, Fr., 100 breast; Desert Mountain: Katie Shannahan, Jr., 200 IM; Hannah Herbst, Jr. 500 free; Desert Vista: Cecilia Kowalski, Jr., 200 free; Bailee Blankemeier, Sr., 100 fly; Annabella Ankeney, So., 100 free, 200 free; Gilbert: Makenna Schmidgall, Sr., 100 butterfly; Remi Anglin, diving; Ashley Grijalva, Sr., 100 breast, 200 IM; Hamilton: Madi Mullins, So., 50 free, 100 back; Jamie Seddon, Fr., 100 fly; Horizon: Sarah Takach, Jr., 200 IM, 100 breast; Emma Richards, Sr., 200 IM, 100 back; Jane Holmes, Sr., 100 free, 100 breast; Notre Dame: Madeline Russell, Sr., diving; Meredith Klosterman, Sr., 200 free, 500 free; Perry: Abigail Whitlock, diving; Pinnacle: Alyson Yancy, Fr., 200 IM, 100 breast; Samantha Fazio, Jr., 50 free, 100 back; Kennedy Forbes, Fr., 100 back; Seton Catholic: Taylor Steele, So., 200 free; Tempe Prep: Katherine Rich, Sr., 50 free; Red Mountain: Cassi Blakeman, Jr., diving; Xavier: Aimee Hatfield, Jr., 50 free; Elise Roediger, So., 100 fly; Madeline Allen, Jr., 200 free, 500 free; Christina Valenzuela, Sr., 100 breast.
Sept. 28: Brophy Invitational
Oct. 25-26: State diving qualification
Nov. 8-9: State meet at Skyline Aquatics Center