2015 CIF (Inaugural) State Swimming and Diving Meet – Preview

2015 California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Diving: Girls Finals – Friday, May 22 at 8:30 AM / Boys Finals – Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 AM
  • Swimming: Prelims – Friday, May 22 at 2:30 PM; Finals – Saturday, May 23 at 2:30 PM
  • Location: Clovis Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West High School in Clovis
  • Psych Sheets: Available
  • Live Results: Available
  • Live Streaming: Available
  • Championship Central

For the first time in history the 10 sections of the California Interscholastic Federation will come together to contest a state meet. The inaugural CIF state swimming and diving championships will take place on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 in Clovis, California. Each section was allowed to enter the following number of swimmers per event:

  • CIF Southern 5
  • CIF North Coast 3
  • San Diego 3
  • CIF Sac-Joaquin 3
  • CIF Central Coast 3
  • CIF Central 2
  • CIF Los Angeles 2
  • CIF Northern 1
  • CIF San Francisco 1
  • CIF Oakland 1

There will be two heats of finals; awards will be given to the top six places in each event.

As reported by SwimSwam’s Dean Ottati when the meet was first announced, CIF was hoping to duplicate the success they have had with the state track and field championship. A major impediment to that plan is the timing of the swimming and diving season in California: CIF runs high school swimming and diving as a spring sport, when swimmers in most other parts of the country have moved on to long-course competition. This seems to be borne out in the psych sheets, where many of the big names (from Southern California, especially) have opted to compete at the long course NOVA Grand Challenge in Irvine over the same weekend.

Still, there will be some great races to watch in Clovis.

Brittany Usinger and Danielle Taylor at 2015 NCS. Photo courtesy of Laurie Usinger

Brittany Usinger and Danielle Taylor at 2015 NCS. Photo courtesy of Laurie Usinger

Girls 100 fly

Quite a bit of depth will turn out to contest the 100 fly in the girls’ meet. Brittany Usinger of Acalanes leads the field with 52.43. Madelyn Murphy of Carondelet (53.82) and Gianna Garcia from San Ramon Valley (53.94), as well as Emily Eastin of Crean Lutheran (54.24) and Beverly Hills’ Amy Okada (54.24) are also contenders.

Boys 100 breast

Twelve entrants in the 100 breast race bring sub-57 to the table. Corona del Mar’s Tyler Lin (54.30) and Hank Poppe of San Ramon Valley (54.35) are the favorites, but Serra’s Joe Kmak (55.05), Daniel Comforti of Heritage (55.74), and Stanley Wu of Northgate (55.80) will all give chase.

Boys 200 free

The top ten entrants all come in with sub-1:39-mids. The top seed is Bryce Mefford from Oak Ridge High School with 1:37.19. Eric VanBrocklin from Northgate (1:38.45) as well as Sheldon Boboff of St. Ignatius and Robert Guerra of Fallbrook, both entered with 1:38.52, should make it an excellent race.

Other potential excitement

Alex Valente of Dos Pueblos has a legitimate shot at Joseph Schooling’s national high school record in the 100 fly and Crean Lutheran’s Ella Eastin is .08 from the overall national high school record in the 200 IM (1:53.82), having just broken the independent school record this past weekend at the CIF-SS D2 championships. Moreover, she could crack Katie Hoff’s NAG in the event (1:53.77) that dates back to 2007.

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6 years ago

Looks like you have great coverage of this initial California State Meet. What’s missing is an official “decode ring” to make sense of the school codes. Fortunately the State CIF office has provided a Hy-Tek code listing for those schools in track & field.


Joey Garcia
Reply to  SwimPhan
6 years ago
6 years ago

The only way this meet will have any relevance is if CIF scraps the sections and divides schools by size(class 1A-5A) like every other state does and hold the meets when section meets are currently held. In the current system people regard the section champs as their state meet and don’t feel the need for another meet. They can use league meets as qualifiers and hold each class meet at a different location. If you build it…

Reply to  bobpa
6 years ago

Agree with Bobpa. So many kids are not swimming this weekend and it’s a shame. Would love to see all the best kids at the best meet. The meet would be insanely quick and a huge boost to swimming in California to get all of these kids in the same place.

3 National records set at SS and neither girl is going to Clovis.

Another idea….

This meet is a great “idea” but the execution is not so great. My humble suggestion: Run it like NCAA’s. Auto cuts and B cuts. If you make an Auto you can swim any of your B cuts. Girls prelims on a Thursday and boys on a Friday and Sat finals under… Read more »

Reply to  SoCalSwimFan
6 years ago

Love the suggestion about alternating north and south locations, but I think not have different classes represented leaves too many small schools out in the cold and is biased towards CIFSS.

6 years ago

Why should California scrap the section meets? This meet will have relevance when it is moved up a week or two on the calendar and when kids start figuring out that in 20 years it will be a lot cooler to say you were California State Champ than to say I swam at the NOVA Grand Challenge in 2015.

Reply to  JJD
6 years ago

I agree with you, but the problem is the power of the club coach. There are far too many club coaches who have the hold over whether their athletes will compete for their high school or not.

Reply to  T.M.
6 years ago

poppycock – this is a swimmer’s decision

6 years ago

This State meet concept will catch on but will take a few years. Pull back the season one week and put less emphasis on the conference (league) and current mega-Sectional meets. Right now section meets are treated and considered as being the State meet, especially in the Southern Section, where most (not all) the talent comes from. Being a CIF champ from the CIF-SS Div I typically implied being the State Champ.

Joey Garcia
Reply to  PAC12BACKER
6 years ago

Agree with pushing the state meet back a week.

No doubt the (D1 part of the) Southern Section is top dog. But the North Coast Section is not so far behind and seems like it may dominate state this year (due the NOVA meet). And yeah, the North Coast meet has felt like a state meet as well (everybody shows up, shaved, tapered and suited).

6 years ago

I’m agreeing with the thoughts of SoCalSwimFan regarding the best way to build interest in the California State Meet. In this inaugural year, there’s more news regarding who isn’t participating rather than who is. To most of the 1000+ swimmers, participating in the state meet is indeed an honor and a nice way to cap their 2015 high school swim season. But for a number of elite California swimmers with D-1 scholarships, it’s a side-step of the year-round training schedule with USA Swimming meets closing out short course and getting ready for long course.
I don’t see the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) breaking up its decades-old sectional structure just to accommodate a state swim meet. California does have state… Read more »

6 years ago

Is the selection criteria flawless? No. Is every single last fast swimmer in CA going to be there? No.

It will still be one of if not the deepest state championship out there. And for some of the lesser (but still talented) sections in the state, it’s a great chance to race against the type of swimmers you will see at the next level, etc.

Reply to  James
6 years ago

It may be deep in subsequent years, but not this year. For example, the top seed in the boys 500 Free placed 9th in the CIF-SS Div 1 meet. There are ALOT of no shows here.

6 years ago

When the boy’s Div 1 CIF-SS two-time champs don’t send even one swimmer…. This isn’t a relevant meet. I hope it changes but I have serious reservations about that happening.

6 years ago

No Shows. Too bad for them. I for one will really miss the SoCal snobs. By the way, my unscientific perusal of college swimming.

Reply to  JJD
6 years ago

For you all saying no shows too bad for them, you do have to understand that this is long course season now, and many would like nothing less than to move on to long course. Also, with many of the SoCal swimmers not going, it is a lot more convenient and cheaper to go to Irvine for Grand Challenge, than all the way to Fresno, especially when in Irvine they can swim multiple events for long course, compared at this high school meet they can only swim up to two events, and short course season has passed. I think for this meet to be a success, they would definitely need to move back the dates a couple weeks or so… Read more »

Reply to  Sophie
6 years ago

It would be difficult to move the high school swimming season to the fall or winter in California, as boys water polo competes in the fall, and girls water polo in the winter.

Reply to  Sophie
6 years ago

You miss my point. It is too bad for them, as in it is a shame. In 5 years it is unlikely that anyone will remember much about who did what at the NOVA Grand Challenge, it will be just another long course meet, but being California State Champion will be remembered. Also, I find it interesting that you say swimmers may only swim two events at the State Championships. Don’t relays count? High School swimming is great because it offers the opportunity, though not all take it, to swim for a TEAM, as well as for yourself. Kudos to Maxime Rooney for making the time to swim relays for his high school team, even though he is not swimming… Read more »

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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