Some things are just automatic. Like the sun setting in the west and 100-degree summer days, Phoenix Brophy Prep and Phoenix Xavier always dominate when it comes to swimming.
Saturday was no different, as both easily won the aptly named Brophy/Xavier Swimming Invitational in Phoenix, conquering perhaps the best field of the year, with elite teams from across the state participating.
Scottsdale Horizon’s Buddy Turner, a three-time winner at the U.S. Junior Nationals in April, put on a show on the individual side, setting the meet record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes 35.72 seconds, nearly 6 1 /2 seconds better than the old record set in 2004 by Chaparral’s Kyle Newman.
Afterward, Turner was very happy because he said the event was not one of his best.
“It’s not exactly my race,” Turner said. “I was just trying to have fun with that one, but it certainly was a worthy challenge.”
Less satisfying was Turner’s win in the 50-yard freestyle, where he sprinted past Chaparral’s Spencer Roe with a time of 20.97 seconds.
“That’s relatively slow for me, which is frustrating,” he said.
“But I’m shooting for the state record there, which is 20.3, and you get emotional. I need to be more nonchalant.”
Not to be outdone, Tucson Sahuaro sophomore Caitlin Leverenz won the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley, shattering meet records in both.
Leverenz’s time of 4:53.55 in the 500 freestyle was almost eight seconds better than the previous record.
“I felt really good out there,” Leverenz said.
“I was just trying to swim within myself and get somewhere near my best times.”
The Brophy boys, winners of state championships in 25 of the last 26 years, were keyed by victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
The Broncos also got contributions from Austin Fowler and Robert Gonzalez, who pitched in with wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, respectively.
Xavier’s victorious 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams paced the Gators, as did individual winners Mychala Lynch (100 butterfly) and Haley Krakoski (50 freestyle).