Ella Ristic Posts 1:45.8 200 FR; St. Margarita Takes CIF State Girls Title

2019 CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TOP 5 GIRLS TEAM SCORES

  1. Santa Margarita – 230
  2. Torrey Pines – 165
  3. Saint Francis – 134
  4. Miramonte – 122
  5. Henry M Gunn – 106

The CIF State Meet was held this weekend, seeing 7 girls Meet Records broken, and St. Margarita winning the girls team title. St. Margarita junior and IU commit Ella Ristic helped lead the team to the title, earning two individual titles of her own, and helping the 200 free relay to victory as well.

Ristic began her finals session with a new Meet Record in the 200 free. Ristic (1:45.82) battled with Clovis North freshman Claire Tuggle (1:46.04) and Granada senior Miranda Heckman (1:46.22) throughout the race. Tuggle got out to the early lead, turning at the 100 mark in 51.18, compared to 51.49 from Ristic and 52.17 from Heckman. Ristic then took the lead on the 3rd 50 thanks to a 27.26 split. Heckman was charging at the end, splitting a blistering 26.79 coming home, marking her as the only swimmer in the field to split under 27 seconds on the 4th 50. Ristic’s time was a Meet Record, but not a personal best. Her best sits at 1:45.66 from the CIF D1 Sectional meet the week before. The performance was also Ristic’s 5th time under 1:46 in her career, and interestingly, all 4 of her previous sub-1:46 swims were done at CIF Sectional meets.

Ristic went on to win the the 100 free in 49.24, shaving .02 seconds off her personal best. Brooke Schaffer (St. Francis) was right behind Ristic, clocking a 49.35 for 2nd place. Ristic was also a member of the St. Margarita 200 free relay, which broke the meet record. Anicka Delgado led the relay off in 22.91, followed by Lindsay Ervin (23.11), Mia Ristic (23.15), and Ella Ristic (22.80) for a final time of 1:31.97.

Monte Vista senior Zoie Hartman (UGA commit) also won a pair of events. Hartman kicked off the session by providing a 27.04 breast split on the 200 medley relay, which ended up finishing 2nd. She then went on to clock a 1:55.29 en route to defending her title in the girls 200 IM. While that time is off her personal best of 1:54.62, it was Hartman’s fastest performance at a high school meet. Hartman also defended her 100 breast title, turning in a 59.92 to finish just off her own meet record of 59.66. Hartman capped her meet and high school career off with a speedy 48.38 anchor on the 400 free relay, which was the fastest split in the field.

Torrey Pines sophomore Mia Kragh won the girls 100 fly by over a second, breaking the meet record. Kragh posted a 52.26 (24.25/28.01), swimming the fastest splits in the field on both 50s. Anicka Delgado was 2nd in the 100 fly, touching in 53.49. Delgado also won the 50 free with a 22.54, missing the meet record by .09 seconds. Sophia Kosturos, a Miramonte senior, took the 100 back in meet record fashion. Kosturos posted a 52.94, winning the event by over 1.6 seconds.

Kragh was also a member of the Torrey Pines 200 medlley relay, which broke the meet record. Leah Coffin led the relay off in 26.10, followed by Amelia Cho (28.83), Kragh (23.49), and Kira Crage (22.78) for a final time of 1:41.20.  Kragh and Crage each posted the fastest split in the field in their respective strokes.

After finishing runner-up in the 200 free, Claire Tuggle went on to win the 500 free by over 4 seconds. Tuggle swam a 4:41.60, finishing just off her personal best of 4:41.36. Tuggle was even closer to the meet record, which stands at 4:41.53 by Miranda Heckman, who finished 5th this year (4:46.81).

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Yozhik
2 years ago

Who is Ella Ristic? Sprinter? Middle distance? Freestyler? The history of her results, especially LCM ones is very confusing.
https://www.collegeswimming.com/swimmer/377173/

Hswimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Looks middle distance to me

Thomas
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Yeah I’m confused lol

anonymous
2 years ago

Pretty good meet. The male diver did a perfect 10.

Anonymous
Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Great meet. Fantastic weather. An interesting note, Miramonte had just 4 girl team members attending the meet. Sophia Kosturos (UCLA commit) not only broke the CIF meet record in back, but posted a fast Back 50yd split in Med relay at 24.79. Also she flexed the Girls 100yd free field with a 49.03 in the ‘lead off leg’ of the 400yd FR, that was the fastest girls 100yd free of the meet.

anonymous
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Its the best that Miramonte did since the 1970’s when they had Olympian Leila F who also swam backstroke/butterfly.

Orange-Hoosier
Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Wasn’t that awesome! He’s from my local high school – Andrew Harness. Going to Univ. of Texas. First championship win for Villa Park High School – Go Spartans!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great meet. Fantastic weather. An interesting note, Miramonte only had four girls attending the meet. Sophia Kosturos not only broke the CIF record in back, but posted a fast 24.79 50yd Back split in the Med. Relay. She also flexed the girls 100yd free field by swimming a 49.03 ‘lead-off split’ in Girls Free Relay, which was the ‘official’ fastest girls 100yd Free time of the meet.

James
2 years ago

Pretty impressive group of young women swimming at CA State. Glad that Tuggle was able to pull off an impressive 500 y free win after a very close loss in the 200. Would have been neat to see a “breakout” swim get sub-4:40, but holding the kind of times she is now bodes well for future time drops.

Yozhik
Reply to  James
2 years ago

Do we know if she was tapered or somehow targeted this meet?
I wouldn’t concern much about results in short pool unless they show some significant changes (improving/slowdown). It still differs very much from long course competition. Let’s wait a few months for junior international meets that she was qualified for. I hope that is her major target for the season. And only then let’s get involved in discussion of her prospects for the next season. She is better in 500y than in 200y (400 LCM than 200LCM) and therefore it’s a little bit strange that she lost 200 race on the second half.
With the presence of Ledecky and Leah Smith she has not much chances to… Read more »

James
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

I doubt this was a significant target meet for her compared to up coming races. She scored some good points for the team, showed some good speed (I think she split a solid 49 second range on the 400 F relay), and probably did what any high school age swimmer usually does at a big meet like this which is enjoy the team atmosphere. She had a solid showing in the 1000 free last month as well, so she has the endurance just needs some closing spreed which might come from a good taper. Looking forward to this summer’s showings as well.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

I assume Kragh dropping from 53.mid to 52.2 would have moved her into the bottom of the top 10 of the way-too-early list from a couple of weeks ago. That’s a really impressive swim for a sophomore.

Rachel
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

She’s still a little bit of a one event swimmer, but that class is pretty weak at the bottom right now, so I’d assume she at least gets in the rankings