2015 CIF-SS Division I Prelims – Weitzeil, Wasting No Time, Breaks 50 and 100 Free National HS Records

2015 California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Swimming & Diving Championships – Division I

  • Diving: Results
  • Swimming: Prelims – Thursday, May 14, 2015; Finals – Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Location: Riverside City College
  • Defending Champions: Santa Margarita (girls), University (boys) – 2014 Results
  • Live Results: Available via SwimPhone
  • Championship Central

Division I

Full results

Girls’ Meet

Division I Girls Prelims +/-Psych
Santa Margarita 289 8
JSerra 256.5 14.5
Woodbridge 215.5 25.5
Tesoro 193.5 -3.5
Corona del Mar 174 -13
Hart 148 11
Valencia/Valencia 142.5 -13.5
Ventura 140.5 11.5
Foothill 129.5 39.5
Flintridge Sacred Heart 117 3


Abbey Weitzeil is so used to breaking national records by now that one or two more don’t merit much emotion from the Saugus senior, if they aren’t up to her standards. Weitzeil broke the national high school records in both the 50 free (21.83) and 100 free (47.53) on Thursday at the CIF-SS Division I prelims, and never cracked a smile. But the third time, when she lowered her 100 free record leading off Saugus’ 400 free relay (47.42), she smiled, saying “well, that was better.”

JSerra began with a medley relay that nearly broke the D1 record, set by Edison in 2010. Katie Glavinovich (26.80), Catherine Lowengrub (29.52), Sonia Wang (24.11), and Kaitlyn Albertoli (23.16) combined for 1:43.59, missing the D1 mark by .25. Corona del Mar, Santa Margarita, Ventura, and Woodbridge all posted 1:45s.

Santa Margarita and Woodbridge dominated the 200 free, with Samantha Shelton (1:48.09), Katie McLaughlin (1:48.41) and Sydney Franzen (1:50.09) representing the former, and Kathryn Krolikowski (1:49.89) and Daniela Georges (1:49.96), the latter.

JSerra senior Wang broke the D1 record in the 200 IM, clocking a 1:58.28 to lead the qualifiers for finals. Kirsten Vose (1:59.23) of Flintridge Sacred Heart and Nikol Popov (1:59.51) of Valencia were second and third.

Weitzeil’s 21.83 was the fastest 50 free by 1.5 seconds; the next two qualifiers were Albertoli of JSerra (23.31) and Katherine Wagner of Bishop Alemany (23.38). Albertoli was also second in the 100 with 50.33, just ahead of Samantha Shelton of Santa Margarita (50.42).

Corona del Mar freshman Eva Merrell threw down an incredible 51.98 to lead the prelims qualifiers; McLaughlin of Santa Margarita went 53.50 for second, while Mik Ranslem of Hart clocked a 55.00 for third. Merrell was also the top qualifier in the 100 back with 53.86, just ahead of Wang from JSerra and Courtney Mykkanen of Foothill.

Georges of Woodbridge was the fastest 500 free qualifier with 4:50.70. She was followed by Brittany Kampfer of Mater Dei (4:51.90) and Franzen of Santa Margarita (4:53.47).

Defending champion Nikol Popov of Valencia was a second off the meet record with her 1:00.23 prelims-leading time. She was a full two seconds faster than Vose (1:02.23) and Meagan Popp of Corona del Mar (1:00.72).

Santa Margarita was the leading 400 free relay behind McLaughlin (48.69), Franzen (52.09), Camryn Barry (51.90), and Shelton (51.29).

Boys’ Meet

Division I Boys Prelims +/-Psych
University 340 67
Loyola 266 57
Dana Hills 219 -50
San Clemente 190 -16
Corona del Mar 175 30
Hart 164 61
Valencia/Valencia 160 7
Dos Pueblos 149 -23
Santa Margarita 146 -6
Newport Harbor 116 -32


University posted the top 200 medley relay time of 1:31.31 with Danny Tran (23.16), Judd Howard (25.27), Andrew Knoell (22.47), and William Hofstadter (20.41). Loyola (1:32.68) and Dos Pueblos (1:32.91) qualified second and third.

Santa Margarita junior Grant Shoults clocked a 1:37.98 to lead the field in the 200 free. Servite’s Stephen Marcin (1:38.17) and Capo Valley’s Nick Norman (1:38.72) will challenge him from lanes 6 and 4, respectively, in finals. It was the same trio in a different order in the 500: Norman (4:20.57), then Shoults (4:21.04) and Marcin (4:22.43). Dana Hills junior Shane Forker qualified fourth in both races.

University went 1-2 in prelims in the 200 IM with Ken Takahashi (1:47.98) and Tran (1:48.48). Loyola’s Sean Lee (1:48.74) knocked almost 2 seconds off his seed time to qualify third.

Hart senior Cole Cogswell blasted a 20.34 to lead the 50 freestyle qualifiers. Hofstadter of University (20.80) and San Clemente’s Aidan Pastel (21.02) will challenge him in finals for the title. In the 100, it was Cogswell (44.04), Hofstadter (44.78), and Kevin Dai of Valencia (45.78) at the top of the standings.

Defending champion and current D1 record-holder, Alex Valente of Dos Pueblos, was the fastest qualifier in the 100 fly by nearly two seconds with 47.46. Loyola’s Lee (49.26) and Josh Swart of San Clemente (49.32) were the next-fastest qualifiers.

The 200 free relay put Hart within 7/10 of the D1 meet record, as Cogswell (20.36), Austin Barreiro (20.59), Ryan Brimer (21.27), and Adam Osowski (21.06) combined for 1:23.28.

Tran of University and Swart of San Clemente went 48.89 and 48.91 to top the field in the 100 back. Thomas Smith of Edison qualified third in 49.13, while Dos Pueblos’ Valente (50.09) was fourth.

University’s Howard clocked an event-leading 55.04 in the 100 breast, qualifying just ahead of Harvard-Westlake’s Alexander Hsing (55.30) and Corona del Mar’s Tyler Lin (55.32).

Once again it was the quartet from Hart leading the field in the 400 free relay: Barreiro (46.63), Osowski (46.62), Brimer (47.05), and Cogswell (44.00) combined for 3:04.30. Loyola (3:05.29), University (3:05.84), and Dos Pueblos (3:05.88) were the next qualifiers.

The finals will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m.

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

I’m impressed by Eva Merrell for 2 or 3 years now.
51.98 in the 100 fly prelims! Big new PB for her.
She’s the real deal!

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

That national HS record is in danger again and not to mention Merrell and McLaughlin both will be pushing each other. This will be an exciting race!

7 years ago

Lots of awesome swims all around, but enjoy this weekend because after talking with swimmers, parents, coaches it’s looking like next weekend’s state meet is going to be more of a dud than the master’s meets each section formerly held. Reasons: swimmers ready to move onto long course, parent’s don’t want to travel, coaches want their swimmers in meaningful club meets. I’m not saying it will be a complete vacuum of talent, BUT, if you don’t get all or most of the top swimmers it falls flat.

7 years ago

Wow, a whole day between prelims and finals? So many different formats for high school championships.

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