High School State Swimming Championships: CIF Southern 1A

RIVERSIDE, California, May 12. THE JSerra girls quartet of sophomores Kaitlyn Albertoli, Karli Thuen, senior Rebecca Millard and sophomore Katie McLaughlin saved the best performance of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 meet for last. The quartet posted a national independent school record-breaking 3:21.20 in the 400 free relay to end the May 9-11 meet in Riverside. Germantown's team held the previous mark for three months, having gone 3:21.63 at the Easterns in February.

It also took out Edison's 2010 division mark of 3:23.86. That was just one of ten marks to fall by the wayside during the sectional meet.

In warming up for the national record-setting effort, Albertoli, Thuen, Millard and McLaughlin set a Division 1 mark of 1:34.27 in the prelims of the 200 free relay, and lowered that further in finals to 1:32.35. The same four girls set the previous D1 mark last year with their 1:34.50.

Individually, McLaughlin set two division standards with her 52.93 in the 100 fly and 1:45.39 in the 200 free. Tara Thomas had held the 100 fly record at 53.54 since 2007; the 200 free mark was Cynthia Woodhead's 1:45.98 from 1982. Woodhead's mark was also a national record at the time. Thuen claimed the 200 IM victory with her 2:01.81.

Abbey Weitzeil, a sophomore at Saugus, erased Courtney Cashion's 2004 division standards in the sprint free. In the 50 free, Weitzel took Cashion's 22.75 down to 22.58 in prelims and 22.25 in finals. The 49.26 Cashion posted in the 100 free was lowered to 49.09 in prelims and 49.01 in finals.

Flintridge Sacred Heart's 200 medley relay of senior Emily Balog, sophomore Kirsten Vose, junior Katie Altmayer and freshman Kate Herrill combined for a winning 1:44.26. Vose picked up first in the 100 breast (1:02.57).

Brooke Lorentzen, a junior at Capistrano Valley, grabbed first in the 500 free with her 4:45.19. Foothill freshman Courtney Cashion topped the field in the 100 back (53.95). The top diver was Mission Viejo junior Alexandra Caplan (549.90 points).

JSerra was the girls team champion, followed closely by Corona Del Mar (232) and Santa Margarita 9224). University came in fourth (215), with Mater Dei in fifth (182).

Capistrano Valley earned the boys team title with 327 points, comfortably ahead of Corona Del Mar (264), Loyola (249.5), University (229) and Westlake (173).

Redlands junior Kyle Gornay set division records in both the 100 fly (46.83) and 100 back (47.04). He lowered his record from last year in the 100 fly (47.29) and took down Derya Buyukuncu's 1994 mark of 47.50 in the 100 back.

Two relay division records fell as well. Loyola lowered Corona Del Mar's time of 1:32.88 from last year with their 1:31.16. Swimming on the relay were freshman Samuel Jo, senior Peter Kropp plus juniors Oliver Maarse and Corey John.

Capistrano Valley's quartet of sophomore Rafael Felix, plus seniors Jon Beck, Spencer DeShon and Jack Descombes lowered their team's 2010 mark of 3:02.82 to 3:02.02. Junior Matthew Chalcarz replaced Beck on the 200 free relay team that just missed a division record by 6-hundredths with their 1:23.10.

Descombes and DeShon gave Capistrano Valley a 1-2 punch in the sprint free. DeShon claimed first in the 50 free over Descombes, 20.37-20.66; Descombes came back to win the 100 free by 1-hundredth over DeShon, 44.99-45.00.

Closing out their high school careers with victories were Corona Del Mar's Christian Garkani (200f ree, 1:39.05) and Mission Viejo's David Heron (500 free, 4:22.66). Three juniors also claimed first place in their events: Mater Dei's Dylan Payne (100 breast, 55.28), University's Corey Okubo (200 IM, 1:47.07) and El Toro's Mark Anderson (divins, 660.05 points).

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