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Austin Baker, Notre Dame, Queen Creek excel at Div. II swimming

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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 1:34 am | Updated: 4:14 pm, Wed Dec 3, 2014.

Austin Baker of Gilbert Classical Academy made plenty of noise for a school with only a couple of hundred students.

Baker won the 100 freestyle in 48.20, ahead of Braxton Bilbrey of Notre Dame (48.54) at the Division II state swim meet at Skyline.

Tucson Catalina Foothills swept the team titles, with Notre Dame second in the girls’ competition and Queen Creek a distant second in the boys.

In the 100 freestyle, both sophomore swimmers knocked about a second off their respective times from Friday to Saturday.

“Something that annoys me is the tile on the walls,” said Baker, who also placed third in the 50 freestyle. “So (Friday) when I was doing the 50, I slipped, so I didn’t do as well. So this pool, I feel like I go a little slower because I have plant my feet to make sure I don’t slip.”

In a sprint, hundreds of a second are critical.

“It’s hard to make it up,” Baker said.

He added that he trailed for the first half of the 100 freestyle. “For the 100, the last lap, I gave it everything and went ahead.”

Bilbrey also was third in 100 the breaststroke.

Queen Creek’s Cason Flygare won the 500 freestyle by more than five seconds and was third in the 200 free. Brother Colton was second in the 200 individual medley.

“The last 200 hurt a little bit but I came back,” Flygare said of the distance swim. “Everything was working fine, it was just going out there and getting a good pull.”

Joe Starkweather of Notre Dame was in a duel with J.J. Osborn of Saguaro on Saturday. Starkweather won the 50 freestyle and was second in 100 butterfly, while Osborn was second in the 50 freestyle and won 100 butterfly.

Starkweather clocked a 20.85 in the 50 freestyle, just shy of an All-American time by .01 seconds, but .11 ahead of Osborn. Baker hit the wall in 22.13.

In the butterfly, Osborn won in 50.01, with Starkweather at 50.16.

On the girls side, Samantha Getzen of Notre Dame won the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, just missing an all-American time in the latter race.

Getzen edged Taylor Nations of Tucson Sabino in the 100 free by .12 seconds while winning more easily over another Southern Arizona swimmer, Krista Duffield of Tucson Catalina Foothills, in the 100 butterfly by .68 seconds. The races are only separated by a 15-minute break.

“To be honest, it’s what I have been training for,” Getzen said. “Every dual meet that I’ve done this season, I’ve pretty much done that same thing, just mentally preparing for that, knowing it was coming.”

In diving, Baylee Stipp of Campo Verde earned 402.2 points, finishing ahead of Madeline Russell of Notre Dame (388.55) and Megan Bowers of Gilbert Classical Academy (369.2).

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