The Brophy College Preparatory swimming and diving team won the 33rd Annual Brophy-Xavier Invitational and earned 10 automatic state championship qualifiers.
“The biggest thing is each one of our boys went a best time or close to it,” said Head Coach Daren Brubaker. “It is contagious, and we just roll with it.”
Gabe Gonda and Finnegan Crawford tied for the win in the 200-yard freestyle in the first individual event of the meet, breaking the Reese Aquatic Center pool record with a time of 1:41.07. Both earned automatic state qualifiers. Senior Jake Herrera was fourth in 1:48.26 and Aiden Kelly was ninth overall (1:52.67).
“Gabe and Finn are great friends, and it was really cool they got it together,” said Brubaker. “They are also friends with Jack Sorenson, who had the pool record. It all comes full circle.”
Theodore Neilson and Nicolas Wood were second and third in the 200-yard individual medley, touching in 2:00.00 and 2:00.65, respectively. Crawford won his second event of the day, taking the 100-yard butterfly in 50.57 with Oudman placing fourth in 54.39 and Mark Heffern in 54.86. Grady Gabarino was 16th in 57.91.
Seniors Gonda and Herrera earned state automatic qualifiers in the 500 free, finishing second (4:36.45) and fourth (4:46.68). Caden Oprandy won the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.69 with teammate Neilson second in 59.22. Both were state automatic qualifiers.
Brophy won the 200 free relay with Caden Oprandy, Crawford, Oudman and Gonda with the second-fastest time in the state this season in 1:26.88. The 400 free relay (Heffern, Crawford, Herrera, Gonda) and 200 IM relay (Heffern, Neilson, Oudman, Oprandy) both placed second and earned automatic qualifiers.
“These guys worked really hard in the offseason, and they are starting to see it now,” said Brubaker.
Brubaker also highlighted transfers Nico and James Wood, who joined the school from Denver, Colo. Nico was third in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 Breaststroke, both provisional qualifiers.
The Broncos had 20 individual swims overall that earned provisional qualifier status.
“He finally had his meet, and I am happy for both of them,” said Brubaker. “They are meeting new people and our team has been welcoming.”
Brophy hosts Mountain View and Mesa on Thursday.
33rd Annual Brophy-Xavier Invite Results
Meet Records: Trey Hesser, Chandler, 500 free, 4:28.62
Pool Record: Gabe Gonda/Finnegan Crawford, Brophy, 200 Free, 1:41.07
Division I Automatic Qualifiers (10 Qualifiers, 7 Events)
200 Medley Relay, 1;39.11
Gabe Gonda, 200 Free, 1:41.07
Finnegan Crawford, 200 Free, 1:41.07
Finnegan Crawford, 100 Fly, 50.57
Gabe Gonda, 500 Free, 4:36.45
Jake Herrera, 500 Free, 4:46.68
200 Free Relay, 1:26.88
Caden Oprandy, 100 Breast, 58.69
Theodore Neilson, 100 Breast, 59.22
400 Free Relay, 3:12.69
Division I Provisional Qualifiers (21)
Jake Herrera, 200 Free, 1:48.46
Aiden Kelly, 200 Free, 1:52.67
Theodore Neilson, 200 IM, 2:00.00
Nicolas Wood, 200 IM, 2:00.65
Rodrigo Carvajal, 50 Free, 22.74
Tristan Oudman, 50 Free, 22.91
Jackson Gill, 50 Free, 23.74
Tristan Oudman, 100 Fly, 54.39
Mark Heffern, 100 Fly, 54.86
Grady Gabarino, 100 Fly, 57.91
Asher Gomez, 100 Free, 49.76
Aiden Kelly, 100 Free, 50.21
Jackson Douglas, 100 Free, 50.61
Rodrigo Cavajal, 100 Free, 50.88
Ashton Joswiak, 500 Free, 5:00.65
Marcus Crawford, 500 Free, 5:01.09
Jackson Douglas, 100 Back, 55.78
Christian Chun, 100 Back, 59.41
Nicolas Wood, 100 Breast, 1:03.32
Mark Heffren, 100 Breast, 1:06.27
Sean Kennedy, Diving, 286