Carpinteria’s boys and girls swim teams placed second and third, respectively, at the 32nd annual Josh Milakar Invitational at the Rancho Simi Community Pool on Saturday.

For the boys, standout swims came from Jackson Melton who for the fifth time this season broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke. He touched for a second place at 1:03:44, over a second faster than his previous effort.

The Carpinteria quartet, from left, of Giulia Piccoletti Taylor Classen Erin Otsuki and Lilli Nemetz won the 200 medley and 400 free relays at the Josh Milakar Invitational in Simi Valley. (Submitted photo)

He also turned in a solid performance in the 100 freestyle with a personal best 49:52 for third place.

“Jackson is having a tremendous season and we look forward to what he can do at CIF,” said coach Jon Otsuki

Other notable swims from the boys included junior Matthew Endow recording a 100-backstroke personal best by nearly a second, 1:01:59; freshman Jake Ehlers filling in on the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay and splitting a 29:08 and first time swimming the 200 IM and clocking 2:20:46; freshman Taison Lee first time swimming the 100 breaststroke in 1:15:89; junior Cody Schwasnick posting a seven-second improvement in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17:66.

The 4 x 50 sprint free relay of Melton, Jake Ehlers, Asher Smith and Jacob Otsuki was the top finisher, beating the field by nearly a second.

Carpinteria’s girls 4×100 freestyle relay came from behind to win the event and finish .3 seconds off a CIF automatic qualifying time.

Anchor swimmer Erin Otsuki erased a deficit in the first 50 yards and touched the wall first. The other team members were Lilli Nemetz, Giulia Piccoletti and Taylor Classen. That quartet also won the 200 medley relay.

In individual events, Nemetz won the 200 IM in a lifetime best 2:23:81 and placed second in 500 free. Piccoletti swam lifetime bests in both the 50 free 27:44, and had a second-place finish in the 100 breast at 1:14:22.  She also had a great breaststroke split in the f00 medley relay that came within .06 from the school record and was an automatic division 3 qualifying time.

Otsuki claimed the 50 free and placed second in the 100 back with an automatic qualifying time of 1:00:52. Classen finished runner up in the 100 fly with a personal best and CIF consideration time. 

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Barry Punzal, Noozhawk Sports Editor

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