The wins keep piling up for Chaparral junior Lauren Cox and the Firebirds retained all the city’s bragging rights for the year.
Cox, who captured a pair of victories in the 2003 Xavier/Brophy Swimming Invitational on Saturday, managed two more wins as the Firebirds boys and girls managed to repeat as city champions in Tuesday’s Paul Thornburgh Scottsdale School District Swimming and Diving Championships at Cactus Pool.
Just as she did Saturday, Cox posted wins in the 100 and 200 freestyles to lead the Firebirds to a 638 team score, which topped second-place Desert Mountain (545). The Chaparral girls, a Class 4A team, took second place at the Xavier-Brophy meet, defeating many top 5A schools in the process.
The Chaparral boys captured first-place finishes in 6 of 11 events on Tuesday, to post a team score of 581, to also top second-place Desert Mountain (484). The Chaparral boys placed fourth at the Xavier-Brophy event, the best of any boys’ Class 4A school.
Cox , who said she was somewhat drained after Saturday's invitational, had a hand in four Chaparral wins on Tuesday, helping the Firebirds to victory in the 200-freestyle relay and the 200-medley relay. She placed third in the 100 freestyle at state last year. She also placed fifth in the 200 freestyle at state.
"She’s just awesome," Chaparral girls coach Dave Hildebrandt said. "There are lots of events where she could finish in the top three in the state, but she’s chosen to swim these two events, so we’ve been kind of honing on them."
Arcadia junior Mikyla Sakurai was the only other two-event winner, capturing the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. Other girls individual winners were: Saguaro’s Annie Lovell (50 freestyle), Arcadia’s Katherine Picjard (500 freestyle); Chaparral’s Lezah Huff (100 breaststroke), Desert Mountain’s Chelsea Lopus (100 butterfly) and Mandi Arak (IM diving). Huff, Cox, Kelly Forrester and Alicia Royal combined for Chaparral wins in the 200 freestyle and medley relays. Picjard joined Arica Jacinto, Ashley Tremblay and Sakurai to win the 400 relay.
On the boys side, Saguaro’s Phillip Owen and Chaparral’s Tony Eden came away with one win apiece over each other, with Owen winning the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.50 to nip Eden (1:49.94). Owen placed second at state and Eden third in the event. Eden came back to topple Owen in the 500 freestyle by a judge’s decision, even though the event printout showed that Owen had the faster time, 4:52.87 to Eden’s 4:52.89. Owen is the defending state champion in the 500.
Desert Mountain freshman Caleb Percevecz put forth perhaps the best individual performance, setting the district meet mark in the diving event, with a score of 464.32, breaking the only meet mark of the day.
Chaparral’s Kris Anderson captured the 100 backstroke (59.93), joining teammate Mitchell Newman (2:03.38 in the 200 IM) in the winner’s circle. Chaparral captured all three of the relay events.
Arcadia’s Ryan Kloos won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.36), while teammates Luke Kosters won the 50 freestyle (23.28) and Kiel Jeffrey took the 100 freestyle (51.03). Saguaro’s Patrick Wilkens won the 100 butterfly (56.48).