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Swimming & Diving Places Third at State Meet; Brubaker Named Coach of the Year

The Brophy swimming and diving team finished third overall at the AIA Division I State Championships on Saturday at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Head Coach Daren Brubaker was named the Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to the top-three finish behind the strength of three top relay finishes and two podium finishes by senior Theodore Neilson in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke.

Brophy opened the meet with a third in the 200-yard medley relay with senior Jackson Douglas, Neilson, freshman Finn Conley, and senior Tristan Oudman. Neilson led a trio in the 200 individual medley “A” final placing third in 1:53.33. Sophomore Mark Heffern was fifth in 1:57.35 and senior Nico Wood was right behind in touching the wall sixth overall in 1:57.63.

Douglas was eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48 flat. Sophomore Ashton Joswiak and freshman Patrick Dunn finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the 500 freestyle. The 200-yard free relay was fifth and Douglas returned with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.82. Wood was an “A” finalist in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.92 for sixth overall.

Overall, Brophy had 20 finalists on the afternoon among the top 16 finishers.

200y Medley Relay - 3. Brophy (Douglas, Neilson, Conley, Oudman) 1:36.19; 200 Free - 10. Asher Gomez, 1:45.65; 14. Aiden Kelly, 1:46.02; 16. Patrick Dunn, 1:47.47; 18. Finn Conley, 1:48.35; 200y IM - 3. Theodore Neilson, 1:53.33; 5. Mark Heffern, 1:57.35; 6. Nico Wood, 1:57.83; 20. Markus Crawoford, 2:04.06; 50y Free - 14. Fischer Whitehead, 22.27; 18. Tristan Oudman, 22.50; 19. Thomas McCauley, 22.62; 27. Frank Sunderhaus, 22.99; 100y Fly - 9. Mark Heffern, 51.73; 10. Finn Conley, 52.96; 19. Grady Garbarino, 54.71; 100y Free - 8. Jackson Douglas, 48.00; 12. Aiden Kelly, 48.49; 19. Asher Gomez, 50.02; 20. Tristan Oudman, 50.11; 500y Free - 5. Ashton Joswiak, 4:38.37; 6. Patrick Dunn, 4:45.25; 15. Markus Crawford, 4:52.11; 32. Levi Gomez, 5:25.93; 200y Free Relay - 5. Brophy (Heffern, Kelly, Oudman, Gomez), 1:27.85; 100y Back - 5. Jackson Douglas, 52.82; 15. Ashton Joswiak, 56.32; 17. James Wood, 56.55; 100y Breast - 2. Theodore Neilson, 55.68; 6. Nico Wood, 59.92; 11. Fischer Whitehead, 1:00.09; 22. Grady Garbarino, 1:02.99; 400y Free Relay - 6. Brophy (Kelly, Douglas, Neilson, Heffern) 3:51.55; Diving - 16. Sean Kennedy, 335.50.

Team Standings
  1. Pinnacle 309; 2. Chaparral 304; Brophy 256.5.