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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Uberfan
4 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

Johnj
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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.

Uberfan
Reply to  Johnj
4 years ago

Gwo

Uberfan
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I forgot he recommitted to Columbia

2Fat4Spees
Reply to  Johnj
4 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.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Johnj
4 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.

(This might show twice because I typed in my screen name incorrectly the first time)

Reid
Reply to  Johnj
4 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.

Springbrook
Reply to  Johnj
4 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
4 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. 😆

Observer
4 years ago

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

CraigH
4 years ago

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

Lane Four
Reply to  CraigH
4 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.

Uberfan
Reply to  Lane Four
4 years ago

It’s sarcasm

Marmot
Reply to  Uberfan
4 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.

Uberfan
Reply to  Marmot
4 years ago

This should be really easy to tell even for you

Hank
4 years ago

I think to talk down someone’s performace you should at least be able to go a 20 and change 50freestyle or a sub 45sec 100freestyle yourself with ease otherwise S-D-F-U!

bobo gigi
4 years ago

1986 NCAA swimming championships with Matt Biondi, Jeff Kostoff, Tom Jager, Pablo Morales….
200 free at the beginning of the video. American record in 1.33.22 by Matt Biondi
100 free at 18 minutes 30 in the video. American record in 41.87 by Biondi. Funny to see Rowdy Gaines in the post-race interview.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E7ucnBBjM4

stoobie
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Great viewing. Crazy to see how fast these guys went without underwaters like today. The 100 breast was very interesting. Most of the guys stayed low to the water with very quick turnover. Good stuff, thanks for posting.

bobo gigi
Reply to  stoobie
4 years ago

In briefs, without all the technology of today, almost no underwaters….
Biondi was crazy impressive. Imagine, 41.87 in these conditions in yards. 48.42 in long course. He was so much better than most of other sprinters since then. When I see Dave Walters hold the American record in 47.33 thanks to the magical suits…. 🙄
World records, 2-time world champion (remember that it wasn’t held every 2 years at that time), olympic champion, Biondi is obviously in the top 3 of the best 100 free guys of the last 30 years with Popov and VDH.

Springbrook
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Thanks for posting link to the meet. Great to watch, on many levels, and funny to see that it was carried by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” If only NC’s could get such coverage today!

Uberfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

SMU in a final, wow times change

bobo gigi
4 years ago

1988 olympic trials
Men’s 100 free. Matt Biondi. New world record 48.42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8PfjXeFMlA

bobo gigi
4 years ago

1988 olympic games
100 free final. Matt Biondi gold medal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbaCjtXn1KY

bobo gigi
4 years ago

1988 olympic games
50 free final. Matt Biondi gold medal. New world record in 22.14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epqDU05Yexg

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