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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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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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