Nate Biondi MIA in 50 Free at CIF State Meet

2017 CIF State Championships

  • Friday, May 19th-Saturday, May 20th
  • Clovis Olympic Swim Complex (Clovis, California)
  • 25-Yard Course
  • Psych Sheet
  • Meet Info
  • Live Results

Top seed Nate Biondi, a senior representing Sierra Canyon, was missing in action during Friday’s preliminaries of the 2017 CIF State Championships. Biondi, who gave his verbal commitment to swim for California next fall, was the top seed in the 50 free at the state meet.

Another big name missing from the meet this season is Crean Lutheran’s Eva Merrell, who competes for the USA National Team. Unlike Biondi, however, Merrell wasn’t entered on the psych sheet for the meet. Had she been at the meet, Merrell would’ve been a title favorite in the 100 fly and 100 back.

Biondi and Merrell aren’t the only top contenders who decided to skip out on the state meet. Because the state meet falls in late may and high-level swimmers want to shift their focus to long course, much of the top talent isn’t in attendance. For example, the top 5 swimmers in the women’s 200 free from the combined CIF-Southern Section division meets (Santa Margarita’s Ella Ristic and Samantha Shelton, Sonora’s Taylor Ault, JSerra’s Katie Glavinovich, and Woodbridge’s Kate Krolikowski) opted out of the state meet this year.

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The Phantom Biondi


They need to fix the league/sectional/state schedule and the way swimmers qualify or it will never change. Top 50 swims of the season should get in and they should update the times each Monday. It should also be 2 weeks after sectionals. Girls prelims Thursday / Boys prelims Friday / Finals Saturday.


I don’t think pushing the meet back a week would help boost attendance numbers considering the reason most people opt out of the meet is because they are done with HS swimming and wanting to shift focus to long course.


Thats partially true (maybe 30%) but not the main reason. I coach one of the better boys HS teams in California and the reason the kids opt out of states is CIF has given no reason for the swimmers to care about the “state” meet after sectionals. The kids get fired up for leagues (especially in OC) and sectionals and then they’re done mentally. Especially in SS D1 where the meet is very fast and hard to qualify for without resting some. Couple of ideas – move sections to the 1st weekend in May OR another would be to drop sectionals all together and go from leagues to states – top 50 times. States can still be in mid May… Read more »


This is why high school swimming is a fall or winter sport in many other states

cynthia curran

You have water polo. Maybe, boys and girls water polo should be all fall and winter instead of girls water polo just before the swimming season. Also, lots of kids that barely made the national cut skipped as well its just too much for some kids to do another big high school meet.

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