CIF North Coast: Prelims Recap

2016 CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION NORTH COAST SECTION SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

Girl’s Meet

The San Ramon Valley girls barely got the top seed for tomorrow’s finals, edging out Monte Vista by one-tenth of a second.  San Ramon’s time of 3:46.16 was supported by a strong lead-off in the backstroke from Abigail Miller with a 25.95. Freshman phenom Miranda Heckman from Granada posted the fastest freestyle split with a 23.02.  Carondelet, who would have been the 6th seed, was disqualified.

Miranda Heckman posted a 1:47.70 to get the top seed going into tomorrow’s finals.  Senior Mary Woods of Livermore will be seeded 2nd with a 1:49.24.  Though Maya Dirado‘s meet record of 1:56.17 seems quite safe, Christina Chong of defending team champ San Ramon Valley still put up a very quick 2:02.08 to take the top seed.  SRV teammate Abigail Miller joins Chong in the final tomorrow where Miller is seeded 3rd.

Madelyn Murphy of Carondolet took a big lead in the 5o by posting a 22.69.  Second to Murphy going into tomorrow’s final will be junior Emma Cottrill of Athenian High School.  Murphy is poised to possibly take down the meet record of 22.61, which was set in 2009 by Casey Carlson.

Giana Garcia of San Ramon Valley took the lead in the 100 fly with a blazing 53.63.  Murphy is the second-seed going into finals tomorrow with a 54.38.  Miki Dahlke of Tamalpais won the heats of the 100 free with a 49.81.  Alexa Fusari will be the only swimmer from SRV in the finals of this event tomorrow, where she will be seeded 10th.

Freshman Miranda Heckman and Danielle Hawkins lead the way in the 500 tomorrow with times of 4:43.04 and 4:51.76, respectively.

Giana Garcia (SRV) and Samantha Coloma (Carondelet) will have a re-match in the 100 back tomorrow where they are the top two seeds, though Abigail Miller (SRV), Christina Chong (SRV), or Catherine Boles (Alameda) could pull an upset.  Halle Morris of Terra Linda leads the 100 breast with a 1:02.04, but she is followed closely by Zoie Hartman of Monte Vista at a 1:02.10.  SRV has Sarah Klass representing in the 8th-seed.

SRV leads the way in the 400 free relay, while Miramont leads the way in the 200 free relay.

Boy’s Meet

SRV also leads the way in the boy’s medley relay where the team of four seniors posted a prelims time of 1:30.92, nearly 3 seconds ahead of preliminary runner-up De La Salle.  Defending team champion Northgate sits in 7th going into tomorrow’s finals.

Maxime Rooney leads the way in the 200 free with a 1:34.31 to better his own meet record and come within striking distance of Tom Shields‘ national high school record of 1:33.83, set in 2009.  Second to Rooney is Forrest White of De La Salle at 1:38.60.

Chris Jhong of Amador Valley leads in the 200 IM with a 1:49.69.  SRV’s Michael Williams leads the 50 with a 20.82 and is joined by teammates Brannan Haket (21.0) and Hank Poppe (21.35) in the A final tomorrow.  Hank Poppe may be especially dangerous tomorrow after splitting a 20.03 on the 200 free relay.

Boy’s diving has already had its finals and Jackson Gabler of De La Salle won the championship with 503.45 points.  2nd was Erik Clemensen of Castro Valley (449.70) and 3rd Jonny Stalie of Granada with 394.80.

Maxime Rooney lowered the meet record by 0.71 in the 100 fly with his 47.17.  The 2nd seed going into tomorrow’s finals will be Grant Watson with a 48.14.  Maxwelle Botenne of Northgate leads in the 100 free with a 44.58, though SRV also has two swimmers in the ‘A’ final.

Chris Jhong is the top seed in the 500 with a 4:29.51, and Jolen Griffin of Campolindo leads the 100 back with a 48.97.  Second to Griffin is Forrest White with a 49.22.  Hank Poppe of SRV will take lane 4 in finals tomorrow with his blazing 54.71 in the 100 breast.

San Ramon Valley will also hold lane 4 in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays tomorrow.

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I’d prefer seeing Maxime Rooney swim this week in long course against the big men either in Charlotte or Atlanta, but it will still be interesting to see where he is right now. I presume he’s not much rested for that meet, 1 month and a half before olympic trials.
But 1.34.31 in prelims is a good time. I don’t know if he gave everything in prelims or saved the best for the final. Maybe he targets the high school record of Tom Shields.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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