Swim Makes a Splash at CIF
After winning Channel League titles, the Boys and Girls Swim teams had big results in the CIF Division 2 Swimming Championships. The boys team finished fourth place behind La Cañada, Damien, and Mira Costa while the girls placed seventh.
Senior Matt Mills led the Royals with impressive performances in multiple events. He finished as the runner-up in the 50 freestyle, placed fourth in the 100 freestyle, and anchored the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays to fourth and seventh place finishes, respectively.
“Matt’s 50 free was truly inspirational for the team,” said San Marcos boys coach Peera Sukavivatanachai. “It was a tight race in the last 15 yards, and his finish was just enough to out-touch the third-place by a hundredth of a second.”
Senior Tristan Depew and junior Matt Treadway both had big days, setting school records for the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Depew finished fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.45 seconds and Treadway was eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.21 seconds. Additionally, Hunter May took fifth in the 200 individual medley and tenth in the 100 backstroke.
“Everyone is so supportive,” said senior Tristan Depew. “It provides such a great atmosphere.”
In the relay events, the Royals finished with solid times. In the 200 medley, May, Treadway, Depew, and Mills placed fourth with a time of 1:34.47 seconds. The team of Jayden Francis, Depew, May, and Mills set a school record for the 400 freestyle that earned them seventh place in the race. In the 200 freestyle relay, Depew, Oliver Grant-Chapman, Francis, and Treadway won the B Final (10th overall).
The Girls Swim Team was not projected to place inside the top 20, but they swam their way to seventh place overall. Senior Fiona Kuesis had a great showing, placing ninth in the 200 freestyle and tenth in the 500 freestyle. Holland Woodhouse swam the 100 backstroke and placed ninth while Madison Sparre came in 22nd in the 500 freestyle and 29th in the 200 free. Additionally, Haley Ellis finished 30th in the 100 breaststroke.
In the relays, the lady Royals placed sixth in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle. Woodhouse, Zosia Amberger, Hannah Meyer, and Angie Drake swam the 200 medley. Megan Musick, Meyer, Kuesis, and Drake were the members of the 200 freestyle team and the 400 freestyle team included Musick, Woodhouse, Meyer, and Kuesis.
“It has been a great season,” said girls coach Chuckie Roth. “I’m really proud of my team’s dedication and hard work.”
In addition, San Marcos divers were successful in CIF competition. Freshman Noah Block placed seventh with a score of 343.85 points and junior Matthew Reed scored 235.35 to finish in 16th place.
The swim and dive teams had fantastic seasons and posted great showings at CIF. They hope to have similar success next season, despite losing many seniors.