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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Local 4A swimmers are diving into competition this weekend at the state championships in Mesa.

While Catalina Foothills is looking to continue its dominance in Arizona, highly seeded athletes from Canyon Del Oro and Marana are on a mission to make the Falcons stumble.

For the Dorado girls, senior standout Lauren Baker posted the highest seed times statewide in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. In the 100-yard freestyle, senior Rachel Baumann and sophomore Maggie McCord are seeded third and fourth, respectively. McCord is also seeded first in the 50-yard freestyle. Baumann ranked fourth in the 50-yard freestyle after regional competition.

Two younger swimmers, sophomore Maya Gort (seeded eighth in the 500-yard freestyle) and freshman Stephanie Strickland (sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke) are also poised to make a run toward the top five.

CDO's boys team earned high seeds in a number of events, led by sophomore Jordan Belton, who notched a first-place seed in the 100-yard freestyle event, as well as a fourth-place seed in the 200-yard freestyle. Freshman Jonathan Alexander (fifth seed in the 500-yard freestyle), senior Tim Gort (seventh in the 500-yard freestyle) and sophomore Sean Strickland (third seed in the 100-yard butterfly), look ready to rack up some points for the Dorados.

The Marana boys' team, led by senior Drew Hill, has been a force all season, and will attempt to continue to make their presence known in championship competition.

Hill, who earned a second-seed in the 100-yard freestyle and third-seed in the 50-yard freestyle, will be has been particularly strong for the Tigers throughout the year, and seniors Ryan Gapp (#10-seed in the 100-yard breaststroke) and Rhett Baker (#13-seed in the 50-yard freestyle) will look to finish out their high school careers with strong performances at state.

The Tiger girls will count on a core of youthful talent in the water in Mesa.

Freshman Lindsie Jeffries shared the girls' highest overall seed — eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke — and also earned the #10 slot in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Ali Yetter also tallied an eight-seed with an impressive regional performance in the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Brianne Murphy (ninth-seed in the 100-yard butterfly), junior Danielle Tolton (10th-seed in the 200-yard freestyle) and sophomore Bekki Pope (13th in the 50-yard freestyle) will be ready to represent the Tigers' in statewide competition and help the "Zoo" bring some accolades back to Marana.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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