Sancov, Hartman, Delgado Headline California State Meet Psych Sheet

2018 California Interscholastic Federation Swimming & Diving Championships

While some swimmers elect not to participate in the California State Championships because they (or their club coaches) are eager to move on to long course season, there will still be plenty of firepower at the 4th edition of the CIF Swimming and Diving Championships.

USC commit Alexei Sancov (senior at Northgate High School), Georgia commit Zoie Hartman (junior at Monte Vista High School), and Anicka Delgado (sophomore at Santa Margarita Catholic High School) each lead the field in two events heading into next weekend’s meet. Sancov, whose 1:34.25 set the state meet record in the 200 free last year (he also took down the 100 free mark with his 43.46 leadoff in the 400 free relay) is #1 seed in the 200 free (1:33.70, 3 seconds faster than the #2 seed) and 500 free (4:20.10). Hartman is top seed in the 200 IM (1:57.37) and 100 breast (1:00.40). Delgado, whose name is on the state record board as a member of last year’s winning 200 free relay, comes in with the fastest seed times in the 50 free (22.71) and 100 fly (53.25).

Other top seeds include Archbishop Mitty freshman Remi Edvalson and River Valley junior Rylan Little (1-meter diving); Santa Margarita senior Samantha Shelton (200 free); Amador Valley senior Chris Jhong (200 IM); La Costa Canyon senior Dylan Delaney (50 free); The Harker School sophomore Ethan Hu (100 fly), Sacramento Country Day senior Amelie Fackenthal and Bellarmine junior Max Saunders (100 free); Granada junior Miranda Heckman (500 free); Granite Bay sophomore Chloe Clark and Foothill junior Jonah Cooper (100 back); and Oak Ridge freshman Ben Dillard (100 breast).


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CA swim mom

This meet is still not going to attract all the top high school swimmers in CA due to the time of year. Many swimmers are at the end of the school year and studying for finals and AP exams that had to be put off for CIF. Also there are still proms, graduations and other year end events that are more important to these kids than another high school meet. California needs to move the swim season to be inline with the rest of the country. This will make for a better state meet and coincide with short course season and training rather than causing training confusion for the club swimmers..

Mr G

Other critiques have been that its hard to hold a good taper for three or four weeks and that long course season is well underway already (so back to the grind?)

Despite that and despite missing an occasional top-flight Socal swimmer, it is a really fun meet (this year’s will be the fourth).

Salute to Chris Jhong and his success in the 200 IM this season: a great segue into Cal next Autumn!

SoCal swim fan

California needs to move CIF section championships before the AP tests weeks so high school kids can focus on their swim meets as well as AP tests. Right now, with the overlap, students have too much pressure of doing both simultaneously

YWSW Swammer

Former CA club/hs swimmer here. There are several logistical reasons that cause the swim season to be in the spring in CA. First and foremost is pool space. Swimming is a non-cut sport, and my high school typically had ~200 swimmers every year. Even with a 50M pool, there was no way we would be able to share pool space in the fall with Water Polo (let alone the conflict that would cause for the many great two-sport athletes). Similarly, not only would a winter season conflict with the end of Water Polo season, but California actually gets quite chilly in the winter. While that’s something full-time swimmers are accustomed to, high school swimming is rightfully centered around maximizing participation… Read more »


You should do an article with all of the top CA High Schoolers not swimming in the State Meet.


The meet still had a good amount of depth, and provides opportunity for swimmers from smaller regions to swim at a state level meet (and one more opportunity to improve times). I don’t think there is any easy fix to the timing of the meet that will satisfy the needs of all. Also, I think it is understood that some regional divisional meets will be nearly as deep in terms of talent as the state meet – that is just the nature of living in a heavily populated region of the state.


this is the 4th edition of the meet, not the 3rd….

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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