2015 CIF Southern Section Overview – Psych Sheets Released

2015 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Diving: Monday, May 11, 2015-Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Swimming: Wednesday, May 13, 2015-Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Location: Riverside City College
  • Defending Champions: D1-Santa Margarita (g)/ University (b); D2-Glendora (g)/ Los Osos (b); D3-Crean Lutheran (g)/ JW North (b); D4-Cerritos (g)/ Cerritos (b)
  • Live Results: Available
  • Championship Central


Mon 5/11 Tue 5/12 Wed 5/13 Thu 5/14 Fri 5/15 Sat 5/16
8:30 D2 boys diving 8:30 D1 boys diving 9am D4 swim prelims 9am D1 swim prelims 9am D2 swim prelims 10am D2 swim finals
1pm D2 girls diving 1pm D1 girls diving
5pm D3 b&g diving 5pm D4 b&g diving 4pm D3 swim prelims 5pm D3 swim finals 5pm D4 swim finals 5pm D1 swim finals

Psych Sheets

As is the case every year, there have been division alignments since last season: some schools have moved up a division; some have descended. While the four swimming and diving divisions are meant to distinguish among bigger and smaller schools, performance also has a role in division assignment. For instance, two wins in a row at the Division 3 level put Crean Lutheran into Division 2 this year. Likewise, underperformance by certain leagues, such as Rio Hondo, has moved them down to Division 2 from Division 1. While we will do more in-depth previews later, here are the high-level overviews of each division.

Division I

Senior Katie McLaughlin of Santa Margarita has one more chance to re-break her CIF-SS Division I records in the 200 free (1:44.66) and to go after Dagny Knutson’s national record (1:42.81) from 2008. McLaughlin is also defending her 100 fly title and D1 record (51.78), and will be looking to upend Beata Nelson’s national high school record (51.70).

Abbey Weitzeil of Saugus will be defending her two national high school records in the 50 free (21.98) and the 100 free (47.82). Cole Cogswell of Hart is in a good position to challenge the 100 free record (43.85) set by Derya Buyukuncu in 1994.

Thomas Smith of Edison has a crack at the D1 100 back record (47.04) set by Kyle Gornay in 2013. Nikol Popov of Valencia will be trying to break a D1 record in the 100 breast (59.20) set by Jessica Hardy in 2005. And Tyler Lin of Corona del Mar has a chance to erase John Criste’s 2007 mark in the boys 100 breast (54.15).

Division II

Ella Eastin and the Crean Lutheran girls should be in a good position to establish new records in their new home in Division II. Eastin is top seed in the 200 IM and 100 breast, where she will go after Gretchen Jaques’ 2010 marks of 1:57.91 and 1:00.03, respectively. Her sister, Emily Eastin, will be shooting for titles, as well as records, in the 100 fly (Yumi So, 2009, 53.03) and 100 back (Sonia Wang, 2014, 53.77).

In the 200 and 500 free, it’s the invasion of the freshmen, as Matt Hales of Laguna Hills and Simon Lamar of Sonora lead the field in the seedings.

Divisions III and IV

Amy Okada of Beverly Hills will try to challenge the D3 100 fly record set by Ella Eastin in 2012 (53.93). Logan Hotchkiss of Malibu is seeded within .10 of the2007 D4 record in the 200 free (1:41.41).

Andrew Phan from Rowland could challenge the D4 50 free record (21.05), while Angel Alcala of Cerritos comes in seeded a half-second faster than the D4 100 fly record of 50.58. Similarly, Michael Wang from Rowland is poised to break the D4 record (46.27) in the 100 free with his seed time 45.73.






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cynthia curran
7 years ago

Well, with National level swimmers Crean Lutheran should be in the higher division. They also appear to have more swimmers. going besides the star swimmers that they had in the past. Also, MS Sonia Wang moving from Upland to J Serra is interesting did she do it for swimming reasons or did her parents jobs got transferred.

7 years ago

Looking at the team race for boy’s Div I most expect a battle between defending champ UNI and runner-up Loyola. BUT, on the strength of 52 dive points(based on seeding) Dana Hills is the favorite. UNI and Loyola do have more depth and upward mobility on the swim side and prelim swims will probably be the most important factor in which team ends up with the trophy.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Women’s 100 fly battle between Eva Merrell and Katie McLaughlin should be great.
We all know the big talent of Miss McLaughlin, probably olympian next year, but I also expect big things from the young Merrell in the coming seasons.
She improved a lot her times this winter and swam 52.46 last March.
And unlike many other fast high school US talents in yards, she has already proved she could be a major force in long course too. 1.00.11 last summer at US nationals at 14. I see her around 58 high/59 low next summer.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Abbey Weitzeil or Katie McLaughlin are much rested for that meet?

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