Nate Biondi Sweeps Sprints at CIF Southern Section D3 Championships

CIF Southern Section Division 3 Championships

  • Prelims- Wednesday, May 10th
  • Finals- Thursday, May 11th
  • Riverside Aquatic Complex (Riverside, California)
  • Meet Info
  • Results

The 2017 CIF Southern Section Division 3 Championships are now in the books, as the Walnut women emerged victorious with 287 points in a narrow victory over Poly-Pasadena (278 points). On the men’s side, Canyon-Anheim brought home the title with 185 points after a nailbiter against Nipomo (176 points).

Walnut’s 200 free relay put up a highlight swim en route to victory, as the team of Emily Honng (24.40 leadoff), Erin De Andra (25.13), Cara Le (24.04), and Alexis Grant (23.87) combined for a new Division 3 Record of 1:37.44.

Yorba Linda’s Emma Davidson and Sierra Canyon’s Nate Biondi established themselves as the sprint champions. Biondi, a Cal commit, threw down a 20.27 50 free and a 44.70 100 free to bring home both sprint titles as a senior. Davidson took how the crown in both women’s races, putting up a 23.35 in the 50 free and a 50.94 in the 100 free.

JW North’s Javier Bernal narrowly missed the Division 3 Record in the 200 IM. Bernal clocked in at 1:50.17, taking the title by over a second ahead of Yorba Linda’s Nick Ding (1:51.62). With that, he was just 3 tenths shy of Alwin Firmansyah’s record, which was set at a 1:49.71 in 2010.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Women’s 200 Medley Relay: Poly-Pasadena, 1:49.20
  • Women’s 200 Free: Alexis Grant, Walnut, 1:52.52
  • Women’s 200 IM: Emily Honng, Walnut, 2:05.38
  • Women’s 100 Fly: Teagan Monroe, Rio Mesa, 55.07
  • Women’s 500 Free: Marissa Johnson, Sierra Canyon, 5:04.24
  • Women’s 100 Back: Teagan Monroe, Rio Mesa, 55.75
  • Women’s 100 Breast: Valdoria Maya, Cerritos, 1:04.45
  • Women’s 400 Free Relay: Walnut, 3:33.25
  • Men’s 200 Medley Relay: Viewpoint, 1:35.48
  • Men’s 200 Free: Wyatt Marsalek, Nipomo, 1:41.91
  • Men’s 200 IM: Javier Bernal, JW North, 1:50.17
  • Men’s 100 Fly: Nick Ding, Yorba Linda, 49.32
  • Men’s 500 Free: Wyatt Marsalek, Nipomo, 4:32.38
  • Men’s 200 Free Relay: Temescal Canyon, 1:27.46
  • Men’s 100 Back: Calvin Giang, Gabrielino, 50.47
  • Men’s 100 Breast: Sean Ward, La Cerna, 56.14
  • Men’s 400 Free Relay: Temescal Canyon, 3:12.92

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3 years ago

Wow two new PR’s after setting new PR’s 2 months ago. He is definitely only going to Cal because of his pedigree

Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

20.2 and 44.3 (prelims) makes him Cal’s 2nd best incoming sprinter behind Hoffer. Unbelievable improvement in a short amount of time.

Reply to  Johnj
3 years ago


Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

I forgot he recommitted to Columbia

Reply to  Johnj
3 years ago

Look at those long arms! Kid is going to keep crushing it. Adrian was not much faster before he went to Cal also. I think he was a 20/44/1:37. You could just look at his body and how he swam to see he would be much faster.

Reply to  Johnj
3 years ago

Look at those long arms! Kid is going to keep crushing it. Adrian was not much faster before he went to Cal also. I think he was a 20/44/1:37. You could just look at his body and how he swam to see he would be much faster.

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Reply to  Johnj
3 years ago

Actually it puts him as their 3rd fastest incoming 50 behind Hoffer and Bryce Mefford (20.02) and their 4th fastest 100 behind Hoffer, Mefford (43.67), and Daniel Carr (44.03) I believe.

Reply to  Johnj
3 years ago

Also beats his dad’s high school times as a senior, which were 20.40 and 45.04. Very impressive!

bobo gigi
Reply to  Springbrook
3 years ago

Because you compare times from 2017 to times from the 80s? So Dave Walters is the best American sprinter ever. No, I don’t think so. 😆

3 years ago

Too bad he didn’t have any competition. Probably could have dropped a little more with a push?

3 years ago

Definitely only got an offer from Durden because of his name.

Lane Four
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

Or, like any really smart and intuitive coach, he saw the raw potential and was not going to miss a possible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Coach Eddie Reese is a master at this. Coach Durden is a very savvy and smart man. Well played.

Reply to  Lane Four
3 years ago

It’s sarcasm

Reply to  Uberfan
3 years ago

Sometimes it’s hard to tell with your occasionally insane comments about “real swim fans.” It’s nice to have someone take it upon themselves to make everyone laugh at their expense.

Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

This should be really easy to tell even for you

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