Foothill boys, Crean Lutheran girls win CIF swimming titles in dramatic fashion – OCRegister

RIVERSIDE >> Crean Lutheran’s girls swimming workforce wrapped up its feat earlier than the meet-ending, 400-yard freestyle relay however after a spectator stepped on star Eva Merrell’s ankle. Foothill’s boys historic quest Saturday got here right down to the 400 relay and featured simply as a lot drama.

The Knights clinched their first CIF-Southern Part title since 1989 by capturing the 400 relay, punctuating an exciting Division 2 last for Orange County’s fleet at Riverside Metropolis Faculty.

“How candy it's,” mentioned Foothill girls coach Tom De Lengthy, the varsity’s legendary, former boys coach who guided the Knights to 5 titles and helped create the varsity’s aquatics legacy.

Foothill tallied 213 factors to edge Damien at 209 and pre-finals favourite Redlands at 198.5.

Crean Lutheran secured its fifth consecutive part title general (third straight in Division 2) by scoring 247 factors to carry off Redlands East Valley at 233.

Foothill’s boys sealed their title in the identical fashion as they did in 1989, by successful the 400 relay. Virtually 30 years in the past in Lengthy Seashore, the Knights out-dueled Mission Viejo with a college-document time of three minutes, 6.88 seconds.

However on Saturday, Foothill’s 400 relay of leadoff Hunter Ingram (lifetime-greatest 46.00), Chris Mykkanen (46.32), Sam Harrison (47.39) and anchor Zane Scott (44.54) blazed previous runner-up Damien to the touch first in a college-document three:04.25. Damien took second in three:06.10.

“That four×100 is simply the bear,” Harrison mentioned. “It reveals the competitors was actually nice.”

Coach Jim Brumm’s Foothill boys additionally picked up a crucial victory in the 200 free relay. Colin Stovner, Ingram, Ryan Griswold and Scott (20.77 anchor) touched first in a college-document :25.35, half-a-second forward of Damien.

Merrell offered the Saints a lift by out-dueling Mira Costa’s Alexandra Crisera in the 100 backstroke with a Division 2 document 53.12. Simply earlier than the race, a passer-by by chance stepped on Merrell’s ankle as she was on the bottom stretching.

“It damage fairly dangerous,” mentioned Merrell, whose ankle was vivid purple after outdistancing earlier document-holder Crisera at 53.54. “(You) received to roll with the punches. You by no means know what’s going to occur.”

Crean Lutheran saved its composure all season, which started with the sudden departure of Coach Craig Brown, who was changed by assistant Todd Brinker.

“None of us anticipated to win (this season),” senior captain Rachel Taylor mentioned.

However Crean Lutheran began to imagine after a powerful prelims and the Saints stayed sizzling in finals. Merrell, Jimena Martinez, Mandy Brenner and Elise Garcia opened Saturday by capturing the 200 medley relay in an Orange County and Division 2 document :40.77, simply off the nationwide personal faculty document.

Garcia and Merrell set Division 2 information in the 50 free (22.66) and butterfly (52.51), respectively. The juniors additionally joined compelled with Brenner and Journey Werner to assert the 200 free relay in a meet-document :34.60.

In different races, senior Taylor Ault of Sonora swept the 200 (:46.83 ) and 500 (four:43.09 ) freestyles whereas juniors Andrew Koustik of Calvary Chapel (200 free, :38.02) and Sprint Farr of Villa Park (breast, 55.24) gained titles in lifetime-greatest instances.

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Foothill boys, Crean Lutheran girls win CIF swimming titles in dramatic fashion - OCRegister