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Swimmers take last shot at qualifying for Mesa City title

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The Red Mountain girls look to defend their Mesa City title. (Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Provisional times in swimming are the gateway to the state meet.

The last chance to reach the qualifying times – along with finishing among the top 32 statewide in an event – is this week for the East Valley Region swim teams.

The six teams are competing in Friday’s Mesa HoHoKam City swim meet at Skyline.

It’s now or never for those who haven’t already qualified.

“It’s a good meet to get a feel for where you stand and maybe get one or two more qualifiers,” Dobson girls coach Jack Giles said. “We’ve had a good season. Dobson is usually in the lower level because we don’t have the depth like other schools, but we have some good individuals.”

The top 32 individuals and top 24 relay teams per event statewide will qualify for the state meet. These qualifiers must have met at least a provisional mark in their event at an approved state qualifying invitational to be entered into the state meet.

The Mustangs’ Bayleigh Ishmael is headed back and looks to defend her backstroke title at the City Meet, while sophomore Monique Lomeli can compete in all of the strokes events with the breast stroke being her strongest event.

Skyline is led by Isabelle Wiltbank (200 free, 100 back), Allison Bylstone (200 free, 100 fly), Ryan Muir (100 back, 100 fly) and Armando Yanez (200 free).

Mountain View’s top competitors on the boys side, which went 4-2 in dual meets, are Chris Allen (100 free, 200 free), Trey McDaniels (100 free, 200 free), Brian Rawlinson (200 IM, 100 back) and Nick Moreno (50 free, 200 IM).

“The challenge over the next few weeks will be for the team to stay focused, without any competitions, until the city championships,” Toros coach Rob Ronan said. “If the boys continue to work hard and swim smarter over the next few weeks, we will have a successful weekend.”

The Red Mountain girls are led by Olivia Grossklaus, who held the top times in the state I the 100 and 200 frees, while Taylor Walton, Emilee VanderLinden, Cameron Daniell, Britani Rusnak and Hannah Ray will push the Toros toward the top of the standings.

Evan Schaeffer is the top Red Mountain boys competitor and should be a contender in the 100 breast and 100 fly.

Mesa, which went 5-1 in dual meets, has eight swimmers and two divers qualify for state with Danny Brooks leading the way as a contender in the 200 and 500 free.

– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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