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Toros' Simonovic wins two titles; Xavier wins 13th straight swim title

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Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 9:16 pm | Updated: 1:46 pm, Tue Nov 8, 2011.

Kat Simonovic of Mountain View felt pretty good about being able to hold on to her 200 freestyle title.

The other swim wasn't as automatic.

The two-time defending 200 free state champion made it look easy in that event on Saturday at the Division I state swim meet at the Skyline Aquatic Center.

"The 200 free, I went into it with some confidence, obviously, because of the last two years," Simonovic said. "So I was trying to keep my hopes high and trying to get after it, trying to win it. It was a good win for me. It wasn't as good as last year but I'm happy with it as long as I won."

Simonovic clocked in at 1:48.99 in the 200 free, well ahead of Tucson Rincon freshman Brianna Leverenz (1:51.24) and Clara Jenck of Mountain Pointe (1:52.27).

The surprise came in 100 free, where Simonovic was seeded third but won her first title in the event.

"In my second race, I was a complete underdog," Simonovic said. "I didn't even expect to make the podium (top four finishers) but when I flipped and took a breath to my right, and I saw I was out there, I just decided no breathing, it was going to hurt, but too bad, just breathe at the end. When I looked up at the end I couldn't believe it."

Despite parochial school Xavier winning its 13th straight state title, a foregone conclusion on championship Saturday, Simonovic said the adrenaline definitely flows at the state meet.

"I go to the national meets and the pressure is nowhere near what it is here," Simonovic said. "Arizona swimmers, I don't know, we are just really into it. It's so high, the expectations, the competition level."

Xavier earned 429 points on Saturday with Pinnacle coming in second with 194 points, Mountain View took third at 172, Chaparral fourth with 168 and Desert Vista fifth with 149. Red Mountain (142) was sixth, Hamilton (129) seventh and Mountain Pointe 10th with 84.

Junior Samantha Guttmacher of Red Mountain certainly made her statement - and has another season to improve.

"I was really happy with my times, I felt strong so I am excited for next year," Guttmacher said after winning the 100 butterfly and finishing second in the 50.

"I think everything clicked, everything I did showed off (Saturday)," she said. "My 50 free could have gone lower. I need to work on some technical things and I'll be back next year."

Guttmacher won the 100 butterfly in 55.17, nearly one second ahead of Talie Anchustegui of Xavier. Maggie McCord of Tucson Canyon del Oro won the 50 free, .61 seconds ahead of Guttmacher.

Megan Cox of Chaparral took the 200 individual medley in 2:05.15, coming in ahead of Hannah Holman of Phoenix Shadow Mountain (2:07.27) and Xavier's Madeline Wells (2:08.70). Cox was second to teammate Lexy Aichison in the 500 free. The freshman finished in 4:54.73, exactly three seconds ahead of Cox.

Mountain Pointe's Jenck won the 100 backstroke in 56.51, a second ahead of Anchustegui and 1.17 seconds in front of Pinnacle freshman phenom Victoria Toris.

In the diving competition, Chloe Hacker of Corona del Sol won the title with a score of 378.70, topping Megan Johnson of Vail Cienega (375.65) and Kyra Tatlow of Westwood (371.05).



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