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Verde Valley High Performance swimmers enjoyed another successful outing at the Harvest Splash meet at Moon Valley Country Club on Nov. 4 and 5.

Carlos Lattanzi is now the No. 1-ranked swimmer in Arizona for all breaststroke events in his age group, 12- to 13-year-old boys. Lattanzi won all five of his events while 12-year-old Renae Porteous was top two in her six swims, and 11-year-old Sarina McCullough was top three in five events.

“They’re all getting faster,” coach Sean Emery said. “They’re improving not only in their technique, but their ability to hold it over long periods of high levels of intensity.”

Currently the team’s focus is on the short course state meet, still four months away. There, Lattanzi will look to break the state record for the 400-yard individual medley.

His time at the Harvest Splash was 4:43.34, a nearly eight-second drop from his previous personal best, and slates him No. 20 in the nation overall. The current state record was set in 2013 by Seth Chun at 4:30.27.

His 200-yard individual medley time was fast enough for 16th place at this year’s Division III high school state championship meet, also on Nov. 4.

Lattanzi’s latest improvements have much to do with his breaststroke, arguably the most important of the four strokes to be highly competitive in the individual medley.

Gauging his progress toward that record will come at the Holiday Swim Festival meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, held at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

“He’s got potential. He’s growing right now, he’ll have the strength,” Emery said. “He trains hard enough, it’s a matter of how he assimilates the training. I’m pretty confident he’ll have the ability.”

McCullough dropped 21 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle, down to 5:53.63, her lone first place swim at the Harvest Splash. That time is little more than a second slower than 16th place at the high school state meet, while her time in the 200 IM was good enough for 16th place.

Porteous’ time in the 100-yard breaststroke, 1:17.02, would have gotten her 15th at the high school meet.

“Sarina has had a lot of breakthroughs in her butterfly and freestyle,” Emery said. “Renae has made changes to her breaststroke. I really believe they’ll be in the top, final heat at state.”

Sedona Red Rock High School junior Zoe Porteous is returning to the team since the end of the high school season. Joining her are freshman Jaxon Oles and sophomore Ellie Seip. All three swam at the high school state meet for the Scorpions.


Renae Porteous
100-yard individual medley, First [1:07.77]

100-yard breaststroke,
Second [1:17.02]

200-yard breaststroke,
Second [2:45.81]

50-yard backstroke,
Second [32.93]

100-yard backstroke,
Second [1:11.85]

Sarina McCullough
500-yard freestyle,
First [5:53.63]

100-yard butterfly, Third [1:17.19]

200-yard butterfly,
First [2:40.76]

200-yard individual medley, Third [2:33.53]

Carlos Lattanzi

400-yard individual medley, First [4:43.34]

200 individual medley,
First [2:16.33]

50-yard breaststroke,
First [33.45]

100 breaststroke,
First [1:13.02]


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