Marco Narvarte, Nic Depner lead area swimmers to state

A portion of local swimmers who qualified for Division III state meet Saturday in Paradise Valley.

A portion of local swimmers who qualified for Division III state meet Saturday in Paradise Valley.

KINGMAN – Lee Williams junior Marco Narvarte has qualified as the No. 4 seed in the 50-yard freestyle at the Division III State Championship Swim Meet Saturday, and Kingman Academy freshman Nic Depner qualified for five events.

Narvarte’s best time heading into the final meet of the year is 23.04 seconds, which he swam Saturday in Yuma. Tempe Prep’s Jeffrey Snoddy is the No. 1 seed at 21.82.

Narvarte has also qualified No. 16 in the 100 butterfly. Teammate Chase Walther, a junior, is a listed alternate for the race.

Diego Narvarte is seeded No. 21 in the 200 individual medley at 2:29.39.

Though Depner has qualified in the 200 free (No. 15), 100 free (23), 500 free (13), 100 backstroke (12) and 100 butterfly (25), by rule he may only swim in two events. Depner has chosen the 100 and 200 free races because he and KAHS swim coach Teri Rose believe those events represent the best competition for him.

Kingman’s Lauren Jonk and Meghan Yingling have qualified for two events each in the girls state meet. Jonk is No. 21 in the 200 free (2:15.96) and No. 19 in the 500 free (6:08.58).

Yingling qualified No. 14 in the 50 free (27.18) and No. 17 in the 100 free (1:01.04).

The Lady Bulldogs’ Chelsea Heitman is an alternate seed in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.51).

The Kingman Academy girls team has two qualified alternates.

Victoria Depner is in the 100 free (1:03.22) and Brianna Holloway is in the 100 breast (1:22.35).

The prelims and finals take place Saturday at the Phoenix Country Day School Aquatic Center in Paradise Valley.