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Archbishop Mitty Girls, Bellarmine Prep Boys Take California Central Coast Championship Crowns  -- June 5, 2004

By Nicole Leffer

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 5. IT seemed the scoreboard was permanently set to display two high schools’ names at the California Central Coast 2004 Boys and Girls High School Swimming and Diving Championships held at Independence High School on May 14 and 15.

For the girls’ meet Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) ruled the pool, while on the boys’ side it was Bellarmine College Prep (BCP) that destroyed every other school’s chances of winning a title.

AMHS started strongly, winning the 200 yard medley relay in 1:48.40. Senior Erica Liu kept the fire burning as she sailed to wins in the 200IM (2:01.92) and 100 breast (1:02.11). Liu’s 100 breast time set a new Central Coast Swimming record, beating her own record-setting performance of 1:02.49 from last year.

AMHS also went on to win the 200 and 400 free relays in record-setting fashion, clocking 1:37.03 and 3:27.91 respectively. Mountain View High School senior Brooke Bishop was the only other double event winner, taking the 50 free (23.36) and 100 back (56.30).

The boys from BCP dove into the pool with a mission: to prove that they were unstoppable. And 546 points later, there wasn’t a question in anybody’s mind that they deserved the first place trophy.

BCP won nine of the 14 events, taking every relay title along the way. Zachary Monsees, a senior at Leland High School, was the only male swimmer to win more than one individual event. Monsees was crowned king in the 200IM (1:49.74) and 500 free (4:28.08). No records were set in the men’s meet.

Full results can be viewed at http://www.cifccs.org/playoffs/results/03-04/swimintro04.htm