Fri, May 25 2012 03:52 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Eastlake senior Luca Casimiro and Bonita Vista senior Anthony Ribal each received early graduation presents by winning individual titles at last Saturday’s San Diego Section Division I swim championships at Del Norte High School.
Casimiro finished first in the boys 100-yard butterfly (51.23) while Ribal finished first in the boys 100 breaststroke (58.53).
Casimiro, the reigning Mesa League male Swimmer of the Year, also finished second in the boys 200 individual medley (1:55.64) while Ribal, a two-event winner at the league finals, also finished third in the 100 freestyle (47.38).
Casimiro also was part of the Titans’ third-place 200 medley relay team (1:39.88) and seventh-place 400 freestyle relay team (3:18.14). John Randazzo, Jian Miclat and Jimmy Jeffery joined Casimiro on the medley unit while Miclat, Michael Tong and Jeffery combined with Casimiro in the 400 relay.
Casimiro out-touched San Pasqual’s Drew Aviotti (52.08) by 0.85 seconds to win the butterfly while Ribal scored an even narrower victory in winning the breaststroke title: 0.25 seconds over El Camino’s Ryan McCauley.
Both winning times by Casimiro and Ribal are Mesa League records.
Miclat finished in a tie for fourth in the boys 50 freestyle (22.25) and was eighth in the 100 freestyle (49.20) while Randazzo was seventh in both the boys 200 IM (2:06.87) and breaststroke (1:02.00).
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Eastlake finished seventh in the boys team standings while Otay Ranch finished 10th in the girls team standings.
Sarah Medina recorded the highest girls placing in Otay Ranch history with her sixth-place finish in the 100 freestyle (54.34). She also finished ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:56.86). Both are school records.
Medina was also part of school record times posted in the girls 200 freestyle relay (10th, 1:44.77) and 400 freestyle relay (sixth, 3:50.43). Joining Medina on the record-setting relay teams were Laryssa Lucatero, Isabel Parks and Sara Gagarin.
Lucatero also set a school record in the 100 girls backstroke (seventh, 1:02.30). Otay Ranch’s Zully Maldonado recorded a fifth-place finish in girls diving — another best-ever placing for a girls diver from the school.
Eastlake’s Jana Miclat finished ninth in the girls 100 backstroke (1:03.24) while Otay Ranch’s Matt Switzer finished 10th in the boys 100 backstroke (58.68).
The Mustangs’ 200 medley relay unit, paced by Switzer, Geo Lucatero, Irbin Torres and Mack Glass, finished 12th in 1:52.10. Otay’s Abrahn Mercado placed 11th in boys diving.
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