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Cibola’s Dusek wins state title in 100-yard backstroke

Ayden Dusek Cibola High School swimmer Ayden Dusek won the individual Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state championship in the 100-yard backstroke event on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

It’s the first individual swimming title in school history, and the first in Yuma Union High School District in nearly half a century. The last state champion in swimming from YUHSD was Yuma High School Hall of Famer Ross Consaul, who took home the 1971 individual title in the 100m breaststroke.

Dusek, a senior, entered the event as the state’s No. 1 seed and recorded a time of 51.26 seconds in the finals, including a blazing 24.68 seconds over the first 50 yards. He also finished third in the 100-yard freestyle and was a member of Cibola’s 200-yard medley team that placed 19th.

“Ayden is a great athlete,” CHS swim coach Brad Broschat said. “He’s put in the work to reach this level.”

The state meet served as a culmination of Dusek’s growth as a swimmer. As a junior, he took home fifth place in the backstroke in 2019, finishing with a time of 53.01.

Overall, the Cibola boys team finished 18th in the state’s largest division. The Cibola girls placed 17th, led by Emma Amon, who was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 9th in the 200-yard individual medley, and Payton Doak, who earned 16th in the 100-yard backstroke and 19th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Eric Patten