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The San Marcos varsity girls swim team finished as runners-up at the Mt. SAC Invitational. (Courtesy photo)

The San Marcos girls varsity swim team finished as runner-up at the 30-team Mt. San Antonio College Invitational and the combined varsity and JV teams captured the sweepstakes championship over the weekend with 1,427 points

The Royals took second place in the 400 freestyle relay in an automatic CIF qualifying time.

Top-10 finishers in other events were turned in by Holly Woodhouse and Taylor Steelman taking second and third, respectively in the 200 individual medley; freshman Sierra Tallman finishing second and Madi Sparre ninth in the 200 freestyle; Sophia Panossian 10th in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free, Tallman sixth in the 100 fly; Steelman fifth and Woodhouse sixth in the 200 backstroke; the 200 medley relay in ninth place.

“We had a great weekend of racing,” said coach Chuckie Roth. “We improved tremendously and I feel that this weakened will pay dividends in our league and CIF competitions coming up. There were too many outstanding swims this
weekend to highlight just one.

“I’m super proud of this group for their commitment and desire to compete at the highest level.”

Other San Marcos swmmers who place include Mckenna Stretz (11th in 100 fly and 12th in 200 IM), Brooke Ingram (25th in 100 free), Clementine Conway (17th in 200 IM); Ava Stryker (12th in 50 free, 13th in 100 free), Elaia Hamilton (14th in 100 free); Sparre (11th in 500 free), Mia Amberger (23rd in 500); Kate Meyer (24th in 500); Angie Cummings (21st in 200 back); Lucy Haaland-Ford (20th in the 100 breast).


Jaren Depew posted three more CIF consideration times at the Mt. SAC meet. 

“He has hit 5 different CIF consideration times this week alone in individual events. And on top of that, he was a part of the three relays that also hit consideration times,” said coach Peera Sukavivatanachai.

His individual events were the 100 free, 200 free, and 500 free and the relays were the 200 medley and 400 free.

Asher Steelman and Gavin Tallman also hit CIF consideration times in their individual events (100 Fly and 200 IM) and were also part of the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay teams at Mt. SAC. 

Jaden Lind was also a part of the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay teams. 

Carpinteria Sweeps Santa Paula in Dual Meet

The Carpinteria boys and girls swim teams swept Santa Paula in a make-up league dual meet Saturday afternoon at Carpinteria Community Pool.  Carpinteria won the boys 135-8 and girls 126-43.

 Erin Otsuki led the girls, winning both individual events, (500 free and 100 breast).  It was the first time Erin  competed in either race this year and she established CIF-SS Division 3 consideration times in both.

Taylor Classen also was a double winner, claiming the 100 fly and the 100 back.

The race of the day was between freshman Giulia Piccoletti and sophomore Lilli Nemetz in the 200 IM.  They both recorded personal best-times and deeper CIF consideration times. Piccoletti touched the wall first at 2:26:24 and Nemetz in 2:26:49.

Other lady Warrior winners were: Monica Delgado (200 free), Malaya Morente (50 free), and Piper Clayton (100 free). 

For the boys, senior Augie Sheaffer had a great day racing two new events on the season, the 100 fly and 100 breast. He made a consideration time in the fly and came three-tenths of a second from qualifying in the breaststroke. 

Senior Matt Lamberti captured the sprint free events.  Other winners include: Justin Main (200 free), Jackson Melton (200 IM), Eli Sheaffer (500 free), and Asher Smith (100 back).

“It was a great opportunity to utilize the weekend, which allowed parents to come watch their kids race,” said coach Jon Otsuki.  “The meet was originally scheduled in mid-March and was postponed due to a lack of transportation on Santa Paula’s behalf.”  

The Warriors travel to Fillmore on Tuesday then host Malibu for the season finale on Wednesday.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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