Jonah Cooper Drops 46.3 100 BK, Zoie Hartman Excels at CIF NCS Champs


  • May 11-12, 2018
  • Las Positas College
  • Results


Jonah Cooper of Foothill hit new best times and broke a meet record at the 2018 NCS Championships. Cooper won the 100 backstroke, his specialty event, by over three full seconds, clocking a 46.33. That moves him to #14 all-time in the 17-18 age group, and ranks him among the fastest times ever done at a high school championship — Ryan Murphy’s 45.34 holds as the fastest time done at a HS meet in history.

Cooper also finished 2nd in the 200 free (1:36.78), and led off Foothill’s 4th place 200 free relay in 20.22.

Beating Cooper by a sizable margin in the 200 free was Northgate’s Alexei Sancov, who won the race in 1:33.70 to tie Maxime Rooney’s meet record. Sancov was also 4:20.10 to win the 500 free (he was 4:17.17 in prelims), led off Northgate’s 2nd-place 200 free relay (20.39), and was 43.60 to lead off Northgate’s title-winning 400 free relay.

Chris Jhong of Amador Valley rattled Curtis Ogren’s National Independent HS record in the 200 IM, winning with a 1:45.51, just six tenths off Ogren’s mark. Jhong was touched out in the 100 fly, 48.31 to 47.74, by Daniel O’Connell of De La Salle.


1. San Ramon Valley                  327   2. Campolindo                        275
3. Foothill                          213   4. Redwood                           170
5. Northgate                         156


Zoie Hartman led Monte Vista to a team title with two wins and exceptional relay performances.

Hartman won the 20 IM by over five seconds (1;57.37) and won the 100 breast (1:00.40), adding a 27.12 breast split on Monte Vista’s winning 200 medley relay (1:41.24). That 200 medley relay, with Abriana Howard on back (26.17), Makenna Turner on fly (24.37), and Gillian Flath anchoring (23.58) was within half-a-second of the NCS Meet Record.

Hartman also anchored Monte Vista’s victorious 200 free relay with a dagger 22.18 split, while Turner added a win in the 100 fly (53.94).

Granada junior Miranda Heckman and Miramonte junior Sophia Kosturos each won twice, taking up all of the freestyle titles. Heckman was 1:47.38 in the 200 and 4:45.37 in the 500, while Kosturos was 23.19 and 50.06 to take the sprint races. Kosturos anchored Miramonte to victory in the 400 free relay with a 49.79 split, a field best.


1. Monte Vista                       292   2. Campolindo                      253.5
3. Miramonte                         230   4. Acalanes                        173.5
5. Carondelet High School            141

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4 years ago

It’s Sophia Kosturos please, thank you.

FootHill HS
4 years ago

Congrats to all the Foothill swimmers, it’s a real group effort to place 3rd at such an outstanding meet. What a pleasure to watch Jonah Cooper race, he makes it look effortless! Again, he crushed all his races, with massive improvements and range! Everyone around us couldn’t believe how well he did in the 200 free, and he has one more year of high school swimming to go.

We Cannot wait to see Foothill at States next weekend, they have a real shot at winning!!

4 years ago

National Independent record for 200 Medly Relay belongs to Harpeth Hall of Tennessee

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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