The Mountain View swim teams looked to their leaders as both team senior captains, Courtney Haney and George Bock, led their squads with pentathlon victories — good for 80 points each — on what was a banner day for the Toros at the Mesa City Swimming and Diving Meet on Wednesday afternoon at the Shepherd Aquatic Complex.
Haney's combined time of six minutes, 23.43 seconds captured the pentathlon — an event that combines times in the 100-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley — to lead the Toros to a girls team total of 761. Second-place Red Mountain scored 413.
Bock, with a combined time of 6:02.33, was the difference maker in what has been perhaps the best team swimming rivalry in the state, as the Toros (536 1/2) edged second place Dobson (499), to capture their second team win over the Mustangs in three meets this season.
"I feel that I accomplished something today," Bock said, as he posted a pentathlon-best time of 50.46 in the 100 freestyle and a 57.26 in the 100 fly. Bock's splendid outing combined with the disqualification of Dobson's Nathaniel Meddings, who was disqualified for an illegal kick during the butterfly competition of the pentathlon, provided the win for Mountain View. Meddings' disqualification prevented him from scoring points in the pentathlon, which rewards for the top 12 spots. Dobson coach Jeff Anderson figured that Meddings' loss cost the Mustangs 60 points. The Toros also defeated Dobson in the Mesa Relays before the Mustangs won the dual meet between the teams. They'll meet again at next week's regionals before going on to the state meet.
"According to the city times coming in, we should have lost by 100 points," Mountain View boys coach Patrick O'Neill said. "Dobson lost (Meddings) which is a shame because he's such a good kid. Bock's win was fairly unexpected. He just decided what he was going to do and he just did it. He was the difference today."
Haney won the pentathlon by nearly 12 seconds over second place Kara Olderog of Red Mountain. She posted pentathlon-best times in her two specialties — the breaststroke and IM. Her time of 1:09.71 in the breaststroke was nearly five seconds better than the next closest swimmer.
"I'm really excited," Haney said. "I had a great meet."
Mountain View freshman Aleesha Miller captured a pair of victories. Her time of 24:99 won the 50 freestyle and her 54.60 won the 100 free. Other Mountain View winners were Lauren Walker (2:17.86) in the 200 IM and Tawni Jones (421.55) in the diving competition.
Red Mountain junior Alexis Glessner also captured two individual events, taking the 100 butterfly (1:00.83) and the 200 freestyle (1:59.78).
On the boys' side, Mesa's Sean Larson won the 50 freestyle (22.99) and 100 freestyle (49.98).