Matt Luján leads list of Southern Arizona Preseason Boy’s Swim & Dive All-Stars


2014 Southern Arizona Preseason Boy's Swim & Dive All-Stars (Andy Morales/

2014 Southern Arizona Preseason Boy’s Swim & Dive All-Stars (Andy Morales/

We asked Catalina Foothills senior swimmer Matt Luján to sum up his summer and give us a glimpse of the life of a state champion about to enter his final year of high school.


“I had a pretty great summer training out in California with Santa Clara Swim Club. It was a totally new experience for me being surrounded by athletes of a higher level than I am. They definitely pushed me harder and inspired me to work harder than I ever have this year. I finished the summer at Long Course Junior Nationals in Irvine, CA. There I swam the 200 Back and the 100 Back. My time for the 200 was 2:04.97 missing the National cut by just over half a second. My 100 was a 58.23.

This season brings a bunch of new aspects to light. Not only am I looking forward to being co-captain for my high school team but I am also looking forward to continuing my swimming career with college recruit trips. I have four trips scheduled so far of the allotted five. My first one is this weekend here in town to the University of Arizona. Next is September 12-14 at Ohio State University. Third is September 25-28 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Last I have a trip October 17-19 to Texas Christian University. Each school brings something new and exciting for my future so I am excited to see where I will end up next year.

As for this season in general I will be swimming the 100 Back and 200 IM at high school state looking to defend my title in the 200 IM and get the title in the 100 Back. After high school season is over, I will be competing at Winter Junior Nationals in Mid-December in Federal Way, WA. My goals will be getting my national cut in either of the backstroke events.”

Matt Luján.

Every team has their leaders but these were the ones who stood out by the end of last year.

Ironwood Ridge
Isaac Stump
Collin Murphy
Francisco Vasquez

Ryan Cook
Samuel Freitas
Erik Orr
Tristan Daniels

Catalina Foothills
Matt Lujan
Andy Duffield
Sean Seyller
Brooks Fail
Matt King
Brandon Coverdale
Jack Leighton
Brendan Finn
Atharva Deshmukh

Dominic Sealy
Trent Tolton
Jacob Ash

Tucson High
Nathan Covello

Jason Brown
Ryan Molina

John Wallace
Kevin Balserak
Andrew Turk

Canyon del Oro
Timothy Oetter

Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice. Contact Andy Morales at

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