The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks boys’ and girls’ swim teams competed in the talent-filled Division I state championship meet on Nov. 2-3 at the Mesa Aquatics Swim Club, and came away with some key performances.
Swimmers from Ironwood Ridge, Pusch Ridge, and FAST and Ford club teams combined their forces to swim under the Ironwood Ridge name.
The girls’ team placed 10th out of 37 teams.
In the 200-yard Medley Relay, the team of Madeline Bolin, Sara Borendame, Dria Nickles, and Caitlyn Kelley earned a sixth place finish with a time of 1:51.36.
Borendame also performed well in individual competition, placing fifth in the 200-Yard Intermediate, and first in the 100-Yard Breaststroke. Borendame’s time of 1:03.63 in the breaststroke beat the closest competitor by nearly two seconds, and automatically qualified her as a repeat All-American in the event, meaning she swam a historical time that will place her in the top 25-35 swimmers in the country. She will receive an award for her efforts in late June.
Other solid individual performances came from Bolin, who rounded out the top eight in the 100-Yard Freestyle, a top-16 finish for freshman Haley Palma in the 500-Yard Freestyle, and Nickels and Bolin had respective ninth and 16th-place finishes in the 100-Yard Backstroke.
In the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, the team of Borendame, Palma, Nickles, and Bolin finished 10th place, beating the school record in the process.
Performing well from other Northwest-area schools were Kelsey Wuoti of Mountain View with a fourth-place finish in the 200-Yard Freestyle and eighth-place finish in the 500-Yard Freestyle, and Canyon Del Oro’s Stephanie Strickland with a 14th-place finish in the 100-Yard Breaststroke.
The boys’ team tied for 33rd-place out of 39 teams. Key performers were junior Thomas Golden, who placed 16th in the 100-Yard Butterfly with a time of 54.89 seconds, and sophomore Collin Murphy with a 10th-place finish in 100-Yard Breaststroke. His time of 1:01.34 was good enough for the school record.
Marana High School’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team of Dallin Miller, Casey Kinney, Connor Ensign, and Travis Boykin placed 16th.
Nighthawks’ swim coach Anne Fitzsimmons said she was happy with the overall results.
“All in all, Ironwood Ridge placed, scored, and dropped time across the board all season; most of the school records for girls were broken this year,” she said. Even though we are losing 15 seniors, there is a new crop of incoming freshman that should combine with our returning swimmers for another successful Ironwood Ridge swimming season in 2013. We’ll be back.”
Below is the list of swimmers who competed for Ironwood Ridge.