14 Meet Records Fall at CIF Finals; Hartman Posts 59.6 100 Breast


Boys Team Results:

  1. Northwood 157
  2. Oak Ridge 150
  3. Bellarmine 145
  4. San Ramon Valley 145
  5. La Costa Canyon 101
  6. Crespi 94
  7. Loyola 87
  8. Northgate 83
  9. Jesuit 76
  10. Junipero Serra 75

Girls Team Results:

  1. Santa Margarita 266.5
  2. Monte Vista 159
  3. Saint Francis 118.5
  4. Rio Americano 104
  5. Davis 101
  6. Country Day 100
  7. Acalanes 99
  8. Clovis West 97
  9. Gunn 84
  10. Palo Alto 76.5

The 2018 CIF State Championships concluded with finals on Saturday, May 19th. In addition to the 5 State Meet records which were broken in prelims the day before, 10 more records came down in finals, and all 4 of the para swimming events saw their records come down as well.

The finals session kicked off with a record-breaking performance by the Davis girls 200 medley relay team of Zoe Cosgrove (25.56), Natalie Bercutt (28.62), Mia Motekaitis (24.18), and Cody Hargadon (22.95). The team posted a time of 1:41.31, knocking down the previous record of 1:41.71. Alexei Sancov then broke his own 200 free record of 1:34.25 from last year, posting a 1:34.13.  Sancov has been 1:32.9 before.

Amalie Fackenthal then broke a pair of records (sort of), in the 50 free and 100 free. Fackenthal ended up exactly matching her own CIF meet record from last year in the 50 – 22.45. She then broke the record she set in prelims the day before in the 100, posting a 48.43 (48.82 in prelims).

Andrew Koustik took down the boys 500 free record, breaking 4:20 for the first time in the process. Koustik posted a 4:19.14 to shatter the previous record of 4:21.66.

The St. Margarita girls 200 free relay team of Anicka Delgado (23.16), Marriott Hoffmann (23.32), Mackenzie Degn (23.34), Samantha Shelton (22.62) broke their own record from prelims of 1:32.90, posting a 1:32.44. The Bellarmine boys 200 free relay team of Nathan Yates (20.48), Emmanuel Ngbemeneh (20.55), Kevin Sichak (20.92), and Max Saunders (20.39) also broke the meet record, posting a final time of 1:22.34 (Previous record 1:22.74).

Zoie Hartman posted a 59.66 to win the girls 100 breast, breaking the record of 1:00.02, which she set in prelims. That was Hartman’s 2nd time under 1-minute, as she had been 59.8 previously. Ben Dillard shattered the boys 100 breast record of 54.74, throwing down a 53.96 to claim victory. That was Dillard’s first sub-54 performance. Going into the meet, the state record was 54.74, but Alec Cullen lowered it to 54.10 in Friday’s prelims.

The St. Margarita girls 400 free relay team of Anicka Delgado, Mackenzie Degn, Ella Ristic, and Samantha Shelton closed out the meet with a record-breaking time of 3:19.56. There was a timing pad error, so unfortunately their splits are unavailable.

Santa Margarita’s girls also set an all-time state record by scoring 266.5 points, more than any boys or girls team in state history:

Zoie Hartman also blasted an incredible 1:55.95 to win the 200 IM, although that time was still a ways off Ella Eastin’s meet record of 1:54.31. Nevertheless, that marked a huge drop from Hartman’s previous best of 1:57.71. Samantha Shelton came in second with a 1:58.44, but was DQ’d on butterfly as detailed in the tweet below.

Grace Lockwood picked up a pair of wins and records in the 50 and 100 free for para swimmers. Lockwood posted a 30.29 in the 50, and 1:05.70 in the 100. Similarly, David Dove picked up a pair of wins and a pair of records, posting a 25.10 in the 50, and 56.64 in the 100 free.

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3 years ago

Pretty good swimming.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Big swims from Zoie Hartman.
Samantha Shelton 1.53 in the 200 free final? After 1.47 in prelims and one week after swimming a great 1.44.05. Some explanations? Tough meet for her individually with the 200 IM DQ.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

She was trying to save it for the 200 IM. Unfortunately, she got DQ but still got some points in the 200 free. This was the first time that Orange County got the top 3 girl divers. Maybe, its great that Mission Viejo updated the diving area where these girls probably practice at.

bobo gigi
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3 years ago

Even attempting a 2 Free/2 IM double is a gutsy move. Tough and v rare DQ in an event that Shelton has already posted times in the 1:57’s. Great time and effort from Hartman.

3 years ago

Incredible meet. That men’s 50 free final is pretty ridiculous. And to think how much faster this meet would be with full participation from across California…