Fri, May 04 2012 01:32 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Otay Ranch High School girls swim team secured the rights to this year’s Mesa League championship title after defeating Mater Dei Catholic, 121-39, in dual meet competition on April 26.
The Mustangs improved to 5-0 in league, defeating every one of its league rivals.
Next up is Friday’s Mesa League championship meet, starting at 3 p.m. at Mater Dei Catholic’s new on-campus pool.
The South Bay League swimming championship meet is scheduled Saturday at 9 a.m., also at MDCHS.
Otay Ranch set two new school records in scoring its latest dual victory. Sarah Medina touched in 2:00.05 in winning the 200-yard freestyle while diver Zully Maldonado secured the top seed in Wednesday’s Mesa diving finals with a score of 195.45 points.
The Mustangs appear to be gaining momentum at the right time of the season. Otay Ranch topped Olympian, 151-41, on April 19. Prior to that, the Mustangs defeated Hilltop, 115-68, on April 12.
The Otay Ranch boys team also swept its meets against Hilltop (117-67) and Olympian (140-53) before finishing regular season competition with a 111-59 victory against Mater Dei Catholic. The Mustangs finished 4-1 in league duals.
Otay Ranch’s lone league loss was to Mesa boys champ Eastlake.
In the dual match-ups against Mater Dei Catholic and Olympian, the Mustang boys and girls teams won all events, including relays and diving.
Medina enters this week’s league finals having set school records in each of her last three dual meets. She timed 2:02.24 in the dual against Olympian after timing 2:02.54 against Hilltop.
ORHS coach Ernie Medina said both the Mustang boys and girls teams expect to leave their mark in post-season competition.
“In our second year of existence, we won the South Bay League title, and that was very exciting because it was against a powerhouse Hilltop team at the time,” Medina said. “What makes this year’s title just as exciting was that we beat an Eastlake team that hadn’t lost in nine years.”
CIF qualifying times have been turned in by nine ORHS swimmers to date. They include:
Matthew Switzer, Isabel Parks, Larysa Lucatero, Fernanda Arambula and Sarah Medina in the 200 individual medley; Medina, Mariela Rodriguez, Isaac Noyola and Parks in the 200 freestyle; Medina in the 50 freestyle; Medina and Irvin Torrez in the 100 butterfly; Sara Gagarin, Rodriguez and Noyola in the 500 freestyle; Medina, Parks, Lucatero and Gagarin in the 100 freestyle; Gagarin in the 100 breaststroke; and Switzer, Lucatero and Parks in the 100 backstroke.
In the dual against Hilltop, Otay Ranch’s girls team won every event except the 100 freestyle while the Mustang boys team won every event except diving and the 100 breaststroke.
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