The girls of Campolindo High School powered away with a Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) championships Saturday, while the Las Lomas Knights topped defending North Coast Section Champions Campolindo on the boys side.
The two teams will rematch in the NCS Championships (with psych sheets due out early this week), but the Las Lomas boys drew first blood, taking the DFAL title by 38.5 points.
The Knights had to overcome some relay adversity – Campolindo touched out Las Lomas for wins in the first two of the three relays.
In the 200 medley relay, Campolindo’s Alex Shieman, Peter Brassinga, Jolen Griffin and Grant Sivesind went 1:34.99 to just hip Las Lomas’s 1:25.16 from Peter Taylor, Aaron Lutzker, Garrett Middleton and Matthew Horner. Horner was closing hard on the freestyle leg with a 20.37 split, but couldn’t quite overtake the rival squad.
Then in the 200 free relay, Sivesind, Griffin, Shieman and Cole Stevens went 1:26.10 to win by an even narrower margin – .05 – over Horner, Middleton, William Knox and Lutzker of Las Lomas. In this one, Campolindo trailed heading into the final leg, but Stevens put up a 21.6 that was good enough to run down the Knights.
Las Lomas got some big individual swims to make up for those relays, though. Horner pulled a very tough double, coming off the 200 medley relay to go 1:43.38 for the 200 free win. In addition, Lutzker picked up a win in the 100 breast late in the meet, going 57.91. Their teammate Iaroslav Titov claimed diving with a huge score of 446.95 to boost the team as well.
Campolindo got a pair of wins from Stevens (200 IM in 1:54.39, a touchout over Lutzker, and the 100 back in 51.42, a touchout of his own teammate Griffin), plus a big 49.55 in the 100 fly from Griffin, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Las Lomas’ depth. In addition, Campolindo DQ’d its 400 free relay at the end of the meet, a crippling blow late.
The other double winner for the boys was Miramonte’s Gabe Ostler, who crushed the sprints. He went 20.95 to win the 50 and 45.33 for the 100 title, and also was a part of Miramonte’s winning 400 free relay.
The other individual winner was Austin Wentzel of Acalanes, who won the 500 free in 4:45.94.
For the girls, Campolindo won 7 of 12 events for a dominating team title. The bulk of the damage was done in a four-event stretch early on.
First, Mary Ashby won the 50 free, cracking the 24-barrier at 23.98. Morgan Matranga followed that up with a 467.60 win on 1-meter diving, before Allison Stevens won a touchout to keep the ball rolling in the 100 fly. Her 55.60 just nipped Danielle Taylor of Dougherty Valley.
Then Emily Ward won a second-straight touchout for Campo, going 53.09 to Miramonte swimmer Elise Goetzl’s 53.12.
The streak was finally broken when Acalanes’ Brittany Usinger won the 500 free with a dominating 4:58.12. She also took the 200 free to open the meet in 1:49.28.
There was one more double-winner, Miramonte’s Marie-Claire Schillinger. She first won the 200 IM, going 2:06.22, then took home the 100 breast in 1:02.96, winning both races with ease. Schillinger also put up the fastest split (23.49) on Miramonte’s winning 200 free relay.
But the remaining events were all Campolindo. Hannah Grubbs led a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back that essentially iced the meet. Her time was 55.48.
Campolindo also won the first and last relays. Grubbs, Katherine Erickson, Stevens and Sarah Rasmussen went 1:46.89 to win the 200 medley, while Ashby, Stevens, Ward and Grubbs combined to go 3:29.86 in dominating the 400 free relay.