The Eastlake High School boys swim team continued its impressive start to the 2013 spring season by capturing the championship title of last Saturday’s Ben Hedberg/Granite Hills Invitational.
“We’re strong — we have a lot of potential for CIF,” Titan coach Bryan Monzon said.
The Titans relied on their team depth rather than brute force to out-point longtime North County aquatics powers Rancho Bernardo and Mt. Carmel to claim the top spot in the team standings.
Eastlake finished with a meet best 401 points, followed by Rancho Bernardo with 342 points, Mt. Carmel with 276 points and host Granite Hills with 273 points.
The Titan girls finished third with 219 points, trailing meet champion Mt. Carmel (449 points), runner-up Rancho Bernardo (319 points). Granite Hills finished fourth with 199 points.
In claiming the boys team championship, Eastlake’s boys team amazingly recorded only one first-place finish.
“We didn’t get a lot of firsts but we’re the type of team that gets a lot of second-, third- and fourth-place finishes,” Monzon said.
John Randazzo timed 1:00.36 to win the 100-yard breaststroke event. He also finished third in the 200 individual medley (2:03.56) while helping the Titans post a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:43.01).
Other top place-finishes recorded by Titan swimmers included Tristan Yam in the 100 backstroke (third, 59.11) and 200 IM (eighth, 2:10.25), Jimmy Jeffery in the 100 backstroke (fourth, 59.82) and 100 freestyle (sixth, 51.29), Jian Miclat in the 100 freestyle (fourth, 50.73) and 50 freestyle (sixth, 23.15), Norbert Madero in the 200 freestyle (fifth, 1:53.59), Daniel Lord in the 100 breaststroke (fifth, 1:03.73) and 100 butterfly (eighth, 56.41) and Hector Cabrera in the 500 freestyle (seventh, 5:20.80).
The EHS boys squad captured third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:24.04) and fifth in the 200 freestye relay (1:35.72).
The day-long meet featured 17 schools. The boys 50 freestyle and girls 100 freestyle events each boasted 77 entries.
Top showings for the EHS girls team included Jana Miclat in the 100 freestyle (fifth, 57.86) and 100 backstroke (1:05.04), Paola Rivas in the 200 freestyle (sixth, 2:11.05) and 500 freestyle (sixth, 5:52.00) and Josselyn Molina in the 50 freestyle (eighth, 27.08).
The Titans finished third in the 400 freestyle relay (4:02.12) and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:51.88).
The meet is named in honor of Ben Hedberg, a GHHS swimmer and water polo athlete who died in 2008 from a rare brain tumor.
Still the one
Eastlake’s boys team remained undefeated in Mesa League dual meets after defeating Hilltop, 125-46, Wednesday at the Parkway pool.
The Titans won all 11 swimming events. Individual event winners included Madero in the 200 freestyle (1:57.57), Randazzo in the 200 IM (2:09.95) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.42), Jian Miclat in the 50 freestyle (22.93), Lord in the 100 butterfly (52.41), Jeffery in the 100 freestyle (52.46), Yam in the 100 backstroke (1:01.23) and Cabrera in the 500 freestyle.
Lord out-touched teammate Miclat by 0.10 seconds to win the butterfly event.
Eastlake swept all three relays — 200 medley (1:46.66), 200 freestyle (1:36.20) and 400 freestyle (3:37.00).
The Titan girls also captured first-place finishes in all 11 swimming events en route to their 119-70 win. Individual event winners included Rivas in the 200 freestyle (2:12.64) and 500 freestyle (5:34.83), Melanie Yngson in the 200 IM (2:22.72) and 100 butterfly (1:10.21), Mia Lam in the 50 freestyle (26.93), Jana Miclat in the 100 freestyle (58.40) and 100 backstroke (1:06.62) and Elisa Levine in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.73).
Winning EHS relay teams included the 200 medley (2:06.52), 200 freestyle (1:52.15) and 400 freestyle (4:13.6).
Hilltop’s only victories in the meet came in the diving competition as Veronica Guzman topped the girls card and Darius Marguet scored highest on the boys card.
Otay Ranch swept Bonita Vista in both boys and girls competition on Wednesday to close out the league dual meet season. The Mustangs girls team finished the season undefeated overall at 9-0 bu virtue of their 135-48 victory. The boys dual was closer, though Otay pulled out a 104-78 win.
The Mustang girls won every event, including relays and diving, while the Otay boys captured first-place finishes in the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay and the diving. Bonita Vista won the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
CIF qualifiers for the season so far for the Mustangs include:
200 medley relay (automatic)
200 freestyle: Sarah Medina (automatic), Fernanda Arambula (consideration)
200 IM: Isabel Park (consideration)
50 freestyle: Sarah Medina (automatic), A. Tapia (consideration)
100 butterfly: Sarah Medina (automatic), Isabel Park (consideration)
100 freestyle: Sarah Medina (automatic), Isabel Park (consideration)
500 freestyle: Isabel Park (consideration), Fernanda Arambula (consideration)
200 freestyle relay (automatic)
100 backstroke: Isabel Park (consideration)
100 breaststroke: Fernanda Arambula (consideration)
400 freestyle relay (automatic)
200 medley relay (consideration)
200 freestyle: Matthew Switzer (consideration)
200 IM: Ryan Gagarin (automatic)
50 freestyle: Matthew Switzer (consideration)
100 butterfly: Irbin Torrez (consideration)
500 freestyle: Matthew Switzer (consideration)
200 freestyle relay (consideration)
100 backstroke: Matthew Switzer (automatic)
100 breaststroke: Ryan Gagarin (automatic)
400 freestyle relay (consideration)