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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Despite holding three athletes out of competition due to an issue involving the Arizona Interscholastic Association, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy swim team made quite an impression on the state level last Saturday.

The Lions currently hold six state records in the 1A/2A/3A grouping. After Saturday's state championships at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, the Bleyl family is responsible for three of them.

Senior Erin Bleyl broke her own state record time in the 200-yard freestyle by more than a second, finishing at 1:55.96. Bleyl also came in first in the 100-yard backstroke, and pushed the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to dual third-place finishes.

Bleyl's accomplishments in the water, in addition to those of fellow relay team members, sophomores Bre Purcell (second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard backstroke), and Grace Daugherty (third in the 100-yard breaststroke), propelled the Pusch Ridge girls to a third-place state finish.

On the boys' side, a younger Bleyl also changed some ink in the record books.

Erin's younger brother Daniel shattered the previous high marks in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with times of 54.52 and 57.15 seconds, respectively. He helped launch the Pusch Ridge boys to a second-place state finish, and gave statewide competition something to think about in the coming years.

The sophomore was also first in the water in team competition, heading up Pusch Ridge's 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle teams, both of which finished second overall.

Junior Michael Aguilar, who notched a second-place time in the 100-yard breaststroke, and sophomore Nate Stump, with a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, contributed heavily to the boys' state runner-up performance.

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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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