2018 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Championships
- May 7-12, 2018
- Riverside Aquatics Complex
- Riverside, California
- Live Results
Preliminaries for the 2018 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Championships went off on Friday in Riverside, with finals slated for Saturday morning beginning at 11 am. The Division 1 Championships, taking place in the same complex, had their prelims on Thursday with their finals set for Saturday afternoon. For a full recap of their prelims, click here.
Below, check out recaps for both girls and boys at the Division 2 prelims.
Highlighting the session was Mira Costa junior Alexandra Crisera, who smashed a pair of Division 2 meet records in the 50 free and 100 back.
Leading off her school’s 200 free relay, Crisera split 22.59, getting under Crean Lutheran senior Elise Garcia‘s meet record of 22.66. Crisera’s leg led her team to the 2nd seed in 1:36.44, closely following Los Osos (1:36.38), who had a 23.23 lead-off from Emily Trieu and a 23.16 anchor from Casslyn Treydte.
Towards the end of the session Crisera dominated the field in the 100 back, putting up a time of 52.87 to break Eva Merrell‘s 2017 meet record of 53.12. Trieu took the 2nd seed in 53.84, as Crisera’s time was less than a tenth off the top qualifying in Div 1 (52.80 by Tea Laughlin). Crisera, who didn’t even swim the 50 free individually, also took the top seed in the 100 free, going 49.13. She holds the meet record at 48.87. Her first swim of the session was on Mira Costa’s 200 medley relay, as she anchored them in 22.39 to propel them into the final in 9th.
Also having impressive showings for the girls was Garcia, Trieu, Treydte, and Foothill’s Samantha Pearson.
Despite seeing her 50 free record fall, Garcia had a very strong session by taking the top seed in both the 50 free in 100 fly. She went 22.82 in the 50 free, with teammate Mandy Brenner sitting 2nd in 23.28. She holds a massive advantage in the 100 fly, sitting 1st with a 53.26 while Redland’s Autumn D’Arcy is back in 2nd at 54.98.
In addition to her 23.2 50 free lead-off and her 53.8 100 back, Trieu holds the top seed in the 200 IM at 2:01.47, leading by two and a half seconds. She also had a strong 51.07 lead-off for Los Osos as they took the top seed in the 400 free relay, with teammate Treydte anchoring in 50.71. In addition to her relay performances, Treydte took the top seed in the 500 free (4:52.97) and sits 4th in the 200 free (1:49.39). Foothill’s Pearson leads the way in that event in 1:47.06, and also sits 2nd to Crisera in the 100 free at 49.36.
Other top seeds belong to Redlands in the 200 medley relay, as D’Arcy split 24.4 on fly, and Kelsey Lloyd of Diamond Bar leads the 100 breast field at 1:03.69.
The boys side saw some impressive performances from Foothill, as junior Hunter Ingram nailed down the top seed in both of his individual events. He leads the 200 free (1:38.24) and 100 free (45.70), with teammate Zane Scott, a senior, sitting 2nd in the latter at 45.73. The two of them joined forces in the 400 free relay as Foothill took the top seed in 3:07.16, buoyed by a 45.78 anchor from Scott. The senior also took the number two seed in the 50 free (21.06) behind Culver City’s Bart Salvaterra (20.95), and led off Foothill’s 200 free relay even faster in 20.90 as they qualified 2nd to San Luis Obispo.
The other most notable performer at prelims was Calvary Chapel-Santa Ana’s Andrew Koustik, who took the top spot in both the 500 free (4:22.98) and 100 breast (55.24). His 100 breast is within striking distance of the 2014 meet record held by Derek Kao at 54.91.
La Canada sophomore Danny Syrkin also had an impressive showing, taking the top spot in the 100 fly (49.95) and 3rd in the 100 back (50.86). He led off their 200 medley relay in 23.18, the fastest in the field, as they qualified 2nd to Redlands, and also anchored their 400 free relay in 45.12 as they snuck into the final in 9th. Damien junior Preston Planells leads that 100 back field in 50.26.
In the other event of the day, Peninsula junior Aiichiroh Shirakata took top spot in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.82, dropping his seed time by over four seconds.