Miles Hull has a wonderful singing voice.
So much so that he briefly left a sport with real artistic flair to concentrate on his singing career where he was first team all-state as a first chair bass in show choir.
Hull put a pause on it this fall and returned to the diving platform where he was poetry in motion his senior year. It paid off on Saturday when he won the Division I state title in diving for Red Mountain.
“He started diving when he was 13 and he is one of the most talented athletes I’ve ever had,” Red Mountain diving coach Lauren Thiel said. “He took a step back from the sport. He is a talented singer, but he wanted to come back I was like, ‘Heck, yeah.’
“He is a one of the hardest working and best kids I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with a lot.”
Hull was one of many local performers who did well at the Division I state meet at Skyline Aquatic Center, but possibly the only one who had not been working in the pool year-round to get to this point.
“He hadn’t been on the diving board in a couple of years and he just kept improving,” Thiel said. “He went undefeated on the season and broke all of our school records. He performed like he never left the sport.”
Hull, whose winning score was 491.05, said he was more than happy that he returned to the pool especially after winning it all and being named the Division I Diver of the Year by the coaches.
He was the first Arizona diver to get three 10s on a dive in about 15 years, according to Thiel.
“It was a lot of hard work for sure,” Hull said. “It’s great. I didn’t expect to do this well. It was a great experience.”
The Mountain View girls finished third in the meet, while the Red Mountain girls, led by Olivia Grossklaus’ second state title in the 100 butterfly, came in fourth.
Skyline diver Victoria Knapp was the state champion in the 1-meter diving (482.05).
The Mountain View boys continued its great run by finishing as state runner-up for the fourth straight year.
The Mesa squads performed well at the City Meet two weeks ago but most of them were unable to match at the state meet.
The Jackrabbits were led by Mason McKinnon as he set the school record in the 100 butterfly at 52.95.
“We had some good some swims today, and some lowered their times,” Mesa boys coach Mike Haney said. “Generally, we don’t have club swimmers so they are doing the best they can. We did better (in the preliminaries on Friday), but had some good results.
“Mason did really well, and actually set the school record.”
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State swimming results (area schools only)
Top four finishers
Luke Walker placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (52.30)
David Mickelson finished fourth in the 1-meter diving (383)
The Mountain View boys finished second in the 200 IM (Terry McDaniel, Chris Allen, Brian Rawlinson, Nick Moreno) and the 400 free (Chris Allen, Nick Moreno, Trey McDaniel, Brian Rawlinson).
Chris Allen finished second in the 100 free (:46.38) fourth in the 200 free (1:40.84)
Brian Rawlinson won the 100 backstroke (52.40) and finished third in the 200 IM (1:55.01)
Wesley Hansen was third in 1-meter diving (433.45)
Miles Hull won the state title in the 1-meter diving (491.05)
Other placers (5th through 16th)
Matt Orvis was 12th in 1-meter diving (325.75)
Essias Smith finished fifth in the 100 butterfly (51.12)
The Jaguar was seventh in the 200 medley (1:39.18) and ninth in the 200 free (1:30.89)
Luke Walker was 10th in the 100 butterfly (52.78)
The Jackrabbits finished 12th in the 200 free (1:32.60) and in 13th place in the 200 medley (1:43.96)
Mason McKinnon was 11th in the 100 butterfly (52.95)
Daniel Brooks placed 13th in the 500 free (4:53.71)
Trey McDaniel placed fifth in the 100 free (47.17) and was seventh in the 200 free (1:43.83)
Nick Moreno was sixth in the 100 free (47.17) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:58.12)
Miles Hutchinson was 13th in the 200 IM (2:02.21) and 14th in the 100 back (57.04)
Wesley Hendricks was 10th in the 50 free (22.25) and 16th in the 100 butterfly (54.56)
Anton Peterson was 11th in the 50 free (22.45)
Aaron Becker was 13th in the 50 free (22.55) and 16th in the 100 free (49.45)
Zach Kane was ninth in the 1-meter diving (356.50)
Larsen Marziale was ninth in the 100 breast (1:01.22)
Evan Schaeffer was sixth in the 100 butterfly (51.48)
The Mountain Lions finished sixth in 200 free relay (1:30.82) and ninth in the 200 medley (1:41.22)
Joey Rusnak earned the final placement point at 16th place in the 100 breast (1:03.76)
Mountain View second; Red Mountain 12th, Desert Ridge 13th, Mesa 14th, Dobson 26th
Top four finishers
Mackenzie Baird was the runner-up in the 100 free (52.66)
The Toros finished fourth in the 200 medley (Maddie Timm, Sarah Marske, Rian Lewandowski, Sarah Johnson) in 1:50.56 and fourth in the 400 free (Jessica LeSueur, Mackenzie Baird, Stella Gruender, Maddie Timm)
Gillian Ashley was fourth in 1-meter diving (392.70)
Jessica LeSueur was third in the 500 free (5:06.72)
Olivia Grossklaus was state champion the 100 free (54.62) and was second in the 50 free (24.10)
Lexi Letts was a runner-up in 1-meter diving (423.50)
The Mountain Lions finished third in the 400 free (Hannah Ray, Cameron Daniell, Taylor Walton, Olivia Grossklaus) in 3:35.21
Victoria Knapp was the state champion in the 1-meter diving (482.05)
Other placers (fifth through 16th)
Karina Harr was sixth in the 100 butterfly (57.72) and eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.67)
The Jaguars placed 11th in the 200 medley (1:55.70) and 13th in the 400 free (3:47.23)
Stephanie Walker finished 14th in the 100 butterfly (59.81) and 16th in the 200 free (1:58.50)
The Mustangs finished 15th in the 200 medley (1:59.90)
The Jackrabbits finished ninth in the 200 free (1:42.90) and 13th in the 200 medley (1:58.11)
The Toros were fifth in the 200 free relay (1:39.39)
Jessica LeSueer was sixth in the 200 free (1:54.73)
Linsey Verzera was seventh in 1 meter diving (387.20)
Sarah Johnson was ninth in the 50 free (25.02) and 100 free (53.98)
Maddie Timm was 10th in the 100 backstroke (59:85) and 11th in the 200 IM (2:12.70)
Sarah Marske finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.58)
Addison Freye was 11th in the 500 free (5:13.65)
Jessica Franco was eight in the 100 backstroke (59.34) and 12th in the 200 IM (2:13.21)
Ellie Thompson was 14th in the 200 free (1:58.13)
Stella Gruender was 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.68) and 14th in the 100 free (54.67)
Abby Otter was 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.23)
Rian Lewandowski finished 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.71)
Chloe Troth was 16th in 1-meter diving (306.40)
Emilee VanderLinden placed sixth I the 100 breaststroke (1:07.56)
The Mountain Lions were seventh in the 200 medley (1:52.91) and the 200 free (1:39.61)
Taylor Walton placed ninth in the 200 IM (2:09.35)
Hannah Ray finished 10th in the 100 free (54.09)
Cameron Daniell was seventh in the 500 free (5:15.08) and 12th in the 200 free (1:56.94)
Tiah Barrow was 12th in 1-meter diving (363.75)
Marissa Stahl was 15th in 1-meter diving (335.30)
Rebekah Knapp placed eighth in the 1-meter diving (385.15)
Natalie Crisci was fourth in the 100 butterfly (56.61) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:11.63)
Mountain View third, Red Mountain fourth, Desert Ridge 15th, Skyline 18th, Westwood 19th, Mesa 20th and Dobson 23rd