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Four Verde Valley High Performance swimmers competed at the Holiday Swim Festival at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatics Complex from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Sunday, Dec. 3.

Top swimmers from across Arizona as well as California, Colorado, Idaho and Utah participated, and Sedona
12-year-old Carlos Lattanzi again turned in top performances in his age group [11- to 12-year-old boys].

Lattanzi won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:32.23, more than three seconds faster than the runner up and three seconds faster than his time from the Harvest Splash in Mesa a month ago.

Despite taking second in the 400-yard individual medley [4:40.52], Lattanzi is ranked No. 1 in the event and 32nd in the nation. He took sixth overall at the meet and second in his age group.

Renae Porteous, in the 11- and 12-year-old girls group, had her best finish also in the 200 breaststroke. Porteous took fourth in 2:37.27, in addition to two fifth-place swims in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke. She is now Arizona’s No. 2 and No. 3 swimmer for her age group in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, respectively.

Older sister Zoe Porteous, a Sedona Red Rock High School junior and recent Division III state qualifier, swam in eight events in the women’s division. Her top finish was 15th in the 50-yard backstroke [29.87].

In the same group as Renae Porteous was Sarina McCullough. McCullough was in the top 16 in two of her eight events: The 500-yard freestyle [5:59.81] and 200-yard butterfly [2:47.05].

Holiday Swim Festival Results

Carlos Lattanzi, 11 & 12 boys, Second place overall
200-yard breaststroke [2:32.23], First
400-yard individual medley [4:40.52], Second
200-yard freestyle [2:00.09], Third
100-yard individual medley [1:04.10], Third
50-yard breaststroke [33.74], Fourth
200-yard individual medley [2:15.13], Fourth
100-yard freestyle [57.30], Fifth
100-yard breaststroke [1:12.97], Sixth
50-yard backstroke [30.92], Ninth

Renae Porteous, 11 & 12 girls
200 breaststroke [2:37.27], Fourth
50 breaststroke [33.96], Fifth
100 breaststroke [1:14.60], Fifth
50-yard butterfly [28.60], Ninth
50-yard freestyle [26.54], Tenth
200-yard backstroke [2:32.39], 16th

Sarina McCullough, 11 & 12 girls
200-yard butterfly [2:47.05], 15th
500-yard freestyle [5:59.81], 15th

Zoe Porteous, Women
50 backstroke [29.87], 15th