Divers headline ’19 state finals


Laney Wardell

Junior Brooklyn Larson dives at the division-1 state championship on Nov. 8, placing fourth.


On Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, swim and dive went to state at the Kino Aquatic Center with months of preparation on their belts. The first day was preliminaries and the second day was finals, where it was the last shot to showcase to the judges the skills that were polished throughout training.

Three girls in dive placed in the top ten, sophomore Alexia Jackson got first place with a score of 444.20, breaking a school record. Junior Brooklyn Larson got fourth place with a score of 425.85, and sophomore Amayah Wiley got seventh place with a score of 417.65. All three of them placed high amongst a large group of divers, qualifying them for the Meet of Champions, where respectively they placed third, fourth, and seventh. Two boys, freshman Jax Juarros and junior Gerardo Rios, placed for boys dive, Juarros achieving eighth place with 387.75 score, also breaking a school record in dive, and Rios placing fifteenth with a 310.65 score. The divers are led by head dive coach Keddi Murrish, who received the award for AIA Coach of the Year at state. The week before state, their training consisted of, “critiquing and finding our error spots,” Rios states. Their dives repeated over and over again, led by their coach of the year, helped them reach the stance they take now.

On the swim side, senior Kalli Fama got second place for the girls 100 yard freestyle, an event she attended all four years, with a time of 51.81 and for the 100 yard backstroke with a final time of 56.47. Both the girls and boys medley relay team broke school records for the 200 yard relay, girls placing sixth and boys placing ninth. A total of five school records were broken, an individual swimmer who broke a school record was Evan Nail in the 200 yard individual medley, getting sixth place. The team carried through, finishing off the 2019-20 season.