Fri, Apr 19 2013 11:48 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
When Darrell Jett took over the reins of the Bonita Vista High School swim team four years ago, he vowed to turn the Barons into a powerhouse once again.
After Wednesday’s sweep of the Hilltop Lancers at the Parkway pool, Jett appears to be making good on his promise.
Both the school’s boys and girls teams improved to 5-1 on the season, including 3-1 in Mesa League dual meets.
“It’s been a slow process but we’re a lot better than we were when I started four years ago,” the BVHS coach said. “Now I can fill up every event, and fill up every relay event.”
The Barons won tight match-ups in both the boys and girls dual meets. Bonita Vista captured the girls dual, 95-90, and prevailed by a 97-86 score in the boys dual.
The outcome of the boys dual came down to the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Hilltop trailed by five points but could emerge with a dramatic victory by scoring first- and third-place finishes in the final event.
The Barons went first and third to secure the victory.
Members of Bonita Vista’s winning 400 freestyle relay included Bryan Murillo, James Cevallos and brothers Daniel and Anthony Ribal with a time of 3:42.19.
Anthony Ribal, the defending Division I champion in the boys 100 breaststroke, captured first-place finishes in both the 100 butterfly (55.47) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.00) against the Lancers.
He has lost just once to another South County swimmer in his four-year varsity career — as a sophomore to a senior — and is undefeated the past two years in league competition.
Daniel Ribal won the 100 freestyle (55.40), took a second-place touch to Hilltop’s Wyatt Schmidt in the 200 individual medley and also helped his team post a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:51.08).
Emily Quiles helped supply the highlights on the girls side by dropping four seconds to post a 1:01.81 time in the 100 freestyle. Quiles also anchored Bonita’s winning 200 medley relay unit.
Brigitte Bordenave scored an individual double for the Barons by winning the girls 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly (1:05.35). Other event winners for the victorious BV girls team included Michelle McLelland in the 100 backstroke (1:11.95) and Jovanna Parra in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.56).
Bonita Vista closed out the girls dual by winning the 400 freestyle relay (4:23.39) while Hilltop captured the 200 freestyle relay (1:59.70). The Barons opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay.
The Barons swept all three relay events in the boys dual, also touching first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.17).
Hilltop scored a 13-0 bulge in the boys diving competition to take an early 43-32 lead, but the Barons steadily chipped away and took a one-point lead heading into the final two events.
Lancer individual event winners on the day included David Saidadian in the boys 200 freestyle, Chelsea Tomlinson in the girls 200 IM, Schmidt in the boys 200IM (2:24.45) and 100 backstroke, Cheyenne Santiago in the girls 50 freestyle (28.03), Robby Morris in the boys 50 freestyle (25.03), Cassandra Hidalgo-Monroy in the girls 500 freestyle (6:28.28) and Nick Howard in the boys 500 freestyle (5:39.34).
Hilltop had started the season 7-0 but dropped to 8-2 following Wednesday’s loss to Bonita Vista.
Dive, they said
The Lancers dive team continued its momentum by taking first place in both the girls and boys dive card at Wednesday’s dual.
Veronica Guzman, who recently captured notice throughout the San Diego Section by winning the Fallbrook Invitational, out-pointed Bonita Vista’s Miranda Leopold 175.19 to 139.90 to win the girls competition.
Hilltop’s Koehler White (95.20) and Priscilla Rude (76.65) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Lancers made it a clean sweep in the boys competition as Darius Marguet finished first with 106.80 points, followed by teammates Josh Fischer (103.45) and Nick Norton (101.85).
Guzman captured the Fallbrook Invitational with 185.5 points.
“I’ve been swimming competitively since I was 6 and diving was something different to do,” said Guzman, who also competes in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle events. “I’ve never been afraid to try something new. I’ve never been scared of the board.”
The HHS diver remained undefeated in league dual competition this year. “I set two goals this year: one was to get first in league and the second was to score high enough to get into CIF.”
Guzman finished third at last year’s league finals with 140.55 points. She’s already met the qualifying standard of 185 points to compete in May’s San Diego Section championship meet.
Guzman said she made a big jump after participating in an offseason program offered at SDSU. The results were almost immediate when she started the high school season in March.
“I improved in my hurdle and cleaned up my dives and learned about dives I never knew excited before,” she said. “I have much more confidence on the board.”
Hilltop will host Eastlake this coming Wednesday at the Parkway pool. Diving starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by dual meet competition at approximately 2 p.m.
The Metro Conference swim championships are just around the corner. The South Bay League prelims start off the championship week on May 7, followed by the Mesa League prelims on May 8. Both prelim meets are scheduled at 5 p.m. at Mater Dei Catholic High School.
The Metro diving championships are scheduled May 9 at 2 p.m. at the Parkway pool.
The South Bay League championship meet is scheduled May 10 at 5 p.m. at MDCHS while the Mesa League championship meet is set to follow on May 11 at 9 a.m., also at MDCHS.
Otay Ranch clinched the 2013 Mesa League girls dual meet championship with a 176-13 victory against Mater Dei Catholic on Wednesday. The Mustangs won all individual events and relays.
Double event winners included Sarah Medina, Fernanda Arambula and Isabel Park. Single event winners included Andrea Beha and Dyan Oreas.
The Otay Ranch boys team made it a sweep of the Crusaders with a 117-62 victory. The Mustangs won all individual events and relays except the 100 backstroke (Mater Dei Catholic won that in 1:02.72).
Matthew Switzer was a two-event winner for Otay while Issac Perez, Ryan Gagarin and Bryan Thai were single event winners.
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