Samantha Shelton, Ella Ristic Lead Santa Margarita to CIF Southern Section D1 Title

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After winning by under 40 points last year, the Santa Margarita women showed their speed and depth en route to a dominating performance at the 2017 CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championships this evening.

St. Margarita teammates Samantha Shelton and Ella Ristic tied in the 200 freestyle. The junior and freshman stopped the clock in 1:45.76. Ristic was fresh off the medley relay. Not far behind was Katie Glavinovich of Jserra in 1:46.85.

 Event 5  Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 1:43.01  5/16/2015 Kathryn McLaughlin, Santa Margarita
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 1:42.81  2008      Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND)
   State Auto: A 1:50.60
    State Con: C 1:54.60
      AA Auto: $ 1:48.95
      AA Cons: # 1:50.75
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Samantha Shelton       Jr St. Margarita     1:46.53    1:45.76$  20.5
                 24.61        51.36 (26.75)
        1:18.53 (27.17)     1:45.76 (27.23)
  1 Ella Ristic            Fr St. Margarita     1:47.25    1:45.76$  20.5
                 24.98        51.51 (26.53)
        1:18.48 (26.97)     1:45.76 (27.28)
  3 Katie Glavinovich      Sr Jserra            1:48.23    1:46.85$  18  
                 25.08        52.14 (27.06)
        1:19.39 (27.25)     1:46.85 (27.46)

In the night’s first event, Ventura won the 200 medley relay by nearly three quarters of a second. The team of Tea LaughlinAlicia HarrisonLindsay Clark, and Amelia Ayala touched in 1:42.64. Woodbridge’s Sydney OkuboJuliana WittingMolly McCance, and Kate Krolikowski touched in 1:43.28. Third went to St. Margarita’s Ristic, Isabelle OdgersMia Ristic, and Marriott Hoffmann with a 1:43.86.

 Event 3  Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 1:42.29  5/16/2015 JSerra
                          K Glavinovich, C Lowengrub, S Wang, K Albertoli
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 1:39.25  2015      Carmel (IN)
                          S Burchill, A Clarke, V Burchill, A Bilquist
   State Auto: A 1:47.01
    State Con: C 1:50.86
      AA Auto: $ 1:45.33
      AA Cons: # 1:47.14
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Ventura                             1:44.44    1:42.64$  44  
     1) Tea Laughlin Fr               2) Alicia Harrison Sr           
     3) Lindsay Clark Sr              4) Amelia Ayala Sr              
                 25.43        53.14 (27.71)
        1:18.33 (25.19)     1:42.64 (24.31)
  2 Woodbridge                          1:44.19    1:43.28$  38  
     1) Sydney Okubo Jr               2) Juliana Witting So           
     3) Molly McCance Jr              4) Kate Krolikowski Sr          
                 25.61        54.87 (29.26)
        1:20.17 (25.30)     1:43.28 (23.11)
  3 St. Margarita                       1:44.42    1:43.86$  36  
     1) Ella Ristic Fr                2) Isabelle Odgers Jr           
     3) Mia Ristic Fr                 4) Marriott Hoffmann Jr         
                 26.07        55.44 (29.37)
        1:20.94 (25.50)     1:43.86 (22.92)

Tennessee commit Nikol Popov won the 200 IM in dominating fashion. The Valencia-Val senior broke two minutes with a 1:59.52. Tesoro’s Jessica Epps was runner up in 2:01.20 and Woodbridge’s Sydney Okubo (2:04.19) finished third.

 Event 7  Girls 200 Yard IM Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 1:56.07  5/16/2015 Kirsten Vose, Flintridge SH
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 1:53.82  2009      Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND)
   State Auto: A 2:03.89
    State Con: C 2:08.89
      AA Auto: $ 2:02.21
      AA Cons: # 2:04.42
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Nikol Popov            Sr Valencia-Val      2:00.58    1:59.52$  22  
                 26.09        56.21 (30.12)
        1:29.70 (33.49)     1:59.52 (29.82)
  2 Jessica Epps           Jr Tesoro            2:04.53    2:01.20$  19  
                 26.12        56.91 (30.79)
        1:32.13 (35.22)     2:01.20 (29.07)
  3 Sydney Okubo           Jr Woodbridge        2:04.25    2:04.19#  18  
                 26.81        56.78 (29.97)
        1:34.56 (37.78)     2:04.19 (29.63)

Popov went two for two, clocking a 1:00.58 to win the 100 breaststroke at the end of the meet. Ventura senior Alicia Harrison (1:01.78) was second and Woodbridge sophomore Juliana Witting (1:02.76) was third.

 Event 21  Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke Varsity
=========================================================================
   Div 1 Meet: !   59.20  2005      Jessica Hardy, LB Wilson
 Nat'l HS Rec: *   58.56  2015      Lindsey Horejsi, Albert Lea (MN)
   State Auto: A 1:03.85
    State Con: C 1:06.85
      AA Auto: $ 1:03.03
      AA Cons: # 1:04.56
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Nikol Popov            Sr Valencia-Val      1:00.24    1:00.58$  22  
                 28.34      1:00.58 (32.24)
  2 Alicia Harrison        Sr Ventura           1:01.39    1:01.78$  19  
                 29.00      1:01.78 (32.78)
  3 Juliana Witting        So Woodbridge        1:04.31    1:02.76$  18  
                 29.71      1:02.76 (33.05)

In a very tight race Popov’s teammate Julia Wolf out touched St. Margarita’s Anicka Delgado by .01 for the 50 freestyle crown. Wolf went a 22.97 while Delgado touched in 22.98.

 Event 9  Girls 50 Yard Freestyle Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 21.64  5/16/2015 Abbey Weitzeil, Saugus
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 21.64  2015      Abbey Weitzeil, Saugus (CA)
   State Auto: A 23.76
    State Con: C 24.47
      AA Auto: $ 23.27
      AA Cons: # 23.68
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Julia Wolf             Jr Valencia-Val        23.29      22.97$  22  
  2 Anicka Delgado         Fr St. Margarita       22.91      22.98$  19  
  3 Mollie Simmons         Sr Lutheran-Orange     23.39      23.42#  18

St. Margarita grew its lead, this time with a win from freshman Anicka Delgado in the 100 butterfly. She clocked a 54.02, just two tenths ahead of Sage Matsushima of Marina in 54.29. Also under 55 seconds was Hannah Farrow of Fountain Valley (54.84).

 Event 11  Girls 100 Yard Butterfly Varsity
=========================================================================
   Div 1 Meet: ! 51.53  5/16/2015 Kathryn McLaughlin, Santa Margarita
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 51.53  2015      Kathryn McLaughlin, Santa Margarita
   State Auto: A 55.45
    State Con: C 57.98
      AA Auto: $ 54.65
      AA Cons: # 55.90
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Anicka Delgado         Fr St. Margarita       53.98      54.02$  22  
                 25.15        54.02 (28.87)
  2 Sage Matsushima        So Marina              55.24      54.29$  19  
                 25.59        54.29 (28.70)
  3 Hannah Farrow          So Fountain Valley     55.73      54.84A  18  
                 25.79        54.84 (29.05)

Newport Harbor’s Ayla Spitz was the only swimmer under 50 seconds in finals of the 100 freestyle. The sophomore posted a 49.80. Ventura’s Alicia Harrison (50.02) earned silver and St. Margarita’s Mackenzie Degn (50.03) was just .01 behind for third.

Event 13  Girls 100 Yard Freestyle Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 47.09  5/16/2015 Abbey Weitzeil, Saugus
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 47.09  2015      Abbey Weitzeil, Saugus (CA)
   State Auto: A 51.38
    State Con: C 52.98
      AA Auto: $ 50.50
      AA Cons: # 51.27
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Ayla Spitz             So Newport Harbor      50.22      49.80$  22  
                 24.24        49.80 (25.56)
  2 Alicia Harrison        Sr Ventura             49.87      50.02$  19  
                 24.04        50.02 (25.98)
  3 Mackenzie Degn         So St. Margarita       49.94      50.03$  18  
                 23.96        50.03 (26.07)

Ella Ristic and Glavinovich had an impressive battle in the 500 freestyle. Ristic kept it close but Glavinovich maintained her lead the entire way through the 450. Powered by a 28.04 on the final lap, Ristic edged the senior 4:48.26 to 4:48.68 for the section title. Krolikowski of Woodbridge tied for third with Shayla Erickson of Fountain Valley. The duo touched in 4:51.73.

 Event 15  Girls 500 Yard Freestyle Varsity
=========================================================================
   Div 1 Meet: ! 4:39.64  2001      Kaitlin Sandeno, El Toro
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 4:34.78  2008      Dagny Knutson, Minot (ND)
   State Auto: A 4:56.95
    State Con: C 5:10.30
      AA Auto: $ 4:52.43
      AA Cons: # 4:57.48
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Ella Ristic            Fr St. Margarita     4:51.96    4:48.26$  22  
                 26.43        55.04 (28.61)
        1:24.24 (29.20)     1:53.73 (29.49)
        2:22.86 (29.13)     2:52.23 (29.37)
        3:21.72 (29.49)     3:50.94 (29.22)
        4:20.22 (29.28)     4:48.26 (28.04)
  2 Katie Glavinovich      Sr Jserra            4:48.15    4:48.68$  19  
                 26.35        54.81 (28.46)
        1:24.06 (29.25)     1:53.25 (29.19)
        2:22.41 (29.16)     2:51.73 (29.32)
        3:21.05 (29.32)     3:50.45 (29.40)
        4:19.79 (29.34)     4:48.68 (28.89)
  3 Kate Krolikowski       Sr Woodbridge        4:52.70    4:51.73$  17.5
                 26.64        55.84 (29.20)
        1:25.11 (29.27)     1:54.31 (29.20)
        2:23.97 (29.66)     2:53.45 (29.48)
        3:22.89 (29.44)     3:52.46 (29.57)
        4:22.22 (29.76)     4:51.73 (29.51)
  3 Shayla Erickson        Jr Fountain Valley   4:56.06    4:51.73$  17.5
                 26.51        55.24 (28.73)
        1:24.35 (29.11)     1:53.73 (29.38)
        2:23.16 (29.43)     2:52.57 (29.41)
        3:22.19 (29.62)     3:52.34 (30.15)
        4:22.37 (30.03)     4:51.73 (29.36)

Saint Margarita won the meet’s midpoint relay in record setting fashion. Delgado, Hoffman, Degn, and Shelton touched in 1:32.33, just .02 quicker than the division 1 200 freestyle relay mark set in 2013. Shelton had the standout split, a 22.07 on the anchor.

Valencia-Val’s Julia Wolf, Popov, Kaila Wong, and Sonaly Wintermute finished second (1:34.07) while San Marcos’ Luiza MorenoPiper SmithPaige Hauschild, and Ange Drake (1:36.73) rounded out the top three.

Event 17  Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Varsity
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   Div 1 Meet: ! 1:32.35  2013      JSerra
                          K Albertoli, K Thuen, R Millard, K McLaughlin
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 1:30.72  2015      Carmel (IN)
                          V Burchill, C Adams, K Smith, T Rothrock
   State Auto: A 1:37.10
    State Con: C 1:40.10
      AA Auto: $ 1:35.85
      AA Cons: # 1:37.39
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 St. Margarita                       1:33.02    1:32.33!  44  
     1) Anicka Delgado Fr             2) Marriott Hoffmann Jr         
     3) Mackenzie Degn So             4) Samantha Shelton Jr          
                 23.12        46.91 (23.79)
        1:10.26 (23.35)     1:32.33 (22.07)
  2 Valencia-Val                        1:34.42    1:34.07$  38  
     1) Julia Wolf Jr                 2) Nikol Popov Sr               
     3) Kaila Wong Sr                 4) Sonaly Wintermute So         
                 23.19        46.83 (23.64)
        1:10.84 (24.01)     1:34.07 (23.23)
  3 San Marcos                          1:37.80    1:36.73A  36  
     1) Luiza Moreno Sr               2) Piper Smith Jr               
     3) Paige Hauschild Sr            4) Angie Drake Fr               
                 25.26        48.99 (23.73)
        1:12.47 (23.48)     1:36.73 (24.26)

Shelton seized her second victory in the 100 backstroke with a 53.04. Tea Laughlin, a freshman from Ventura, went a 53.72 for second. Spitz (54.74) picked up bronze.

 Event 19  Girls 100 Yard Backstroke Varsity
=========================================================================
   Div 1 Meet: ! 51.85  2010      Cindy Tran, Edison (HB)
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 51.43  2012      Olivia Smoliga, Evanston (IL)
   State Auto: A 56.35
    State Con: C 58.85
      AA Auto: $ 55.18
      AA Cons: # 56.39
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Samantha Shelton       Jr St. Margarita       53.80      53.04$  22  
                 25.88        53.04 (27.16)
  2 Tea Laughlin           Fr Ventura             54.89      53.72$  19  
                 26.04        53.72 (27.68)
  3 Ayla Spitz             So Newport Harbor      55.50      54.74$  18  
                 26.73        54.74 (28.01)

Shelton, Degn, Delgado, Ristic ended the night in record fashion with a 3:18.26 in the 400 freestyle relay.Three swimmers split under 50 seconds, including a 48.71 from freshman Ristic. The old record was the 3:20.62 the quartet posted in Thursday’s prelims.

Newport Harbor’s Zoe Spitz, Ayla Spitz, Caroline Yasko, and Melinda Stevens swam a 3:27.80 for second. Finishing third was Jacquelyn HarrisMadeline SandsteadTerra Matsushima, and Sage Matsushima of Marina in 3:28.59.

 Event 23  Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay Varsity
==================================================================================
   Div 1 Meet: ! 3:20.62  5/11/2017 Santa Margarita, St. Margarita
                          S Shelton, M Degn, A Delgado, E Ristic
 Nat'l HS Rec: * 3:15.38  2015      Carmel (IN)
                          V Burchill, C Adams, K Smith, A Bilquist
   State Auto: A 3:31.57
    State Con: C 3:36.90
      AA Auto: $ 3:28.27
      AA Cons: # 3:31.83
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 St. Margarita                       3:20.62    3:18.26!  44  
     1) Samantha Shelton Jr           2) Mackenzie Degn So            
     3) Anicka Delgado Fr             4) Ella Ristic Fr               
                 24.05        49.83 (49.83)
        1:13.73 (23.90)     1:39.91 (50.08)
        2:03.44 (23.53)     2:29.55 (49.64)
        2:53.00 (23.45)     3:18.26 (48.71)
  2 Newport Harbor                      3:30.44    3:27.80$  38  
     1) Zoe Spitz So                  2) Ayla Spitz So                
     3) Caroline Yasko Fr             4) Melinda Stevens Jr           
                 25.09        52.04 (52.04)
        1:16.22 (24.18)     1:42.09 (50.05)
        2:07.19 (25.10)     2:35.28 (53.19)
        3:00.35 (25.07)     3:27.80 (52.52)
  3 Marina                              3:29.81    3:28.59A  36  
     1) Jacquelyn Harris Sr           2) Madeline Sandstead So        
     3) Terra Matsushima Jr           4) Sage Matsushima So           
                 24.60        51.48 (51.48)
        1:16.92 (25.44)     1:44.97 (53.49)
        2:10.10 (25.13)     2:37.06 (52.09)
        3:01.83 (24.77)     3:28.59 (51.53)

Santa Margarita ended the meet as Section Champions with 461 points. Valencia-Valencia scored a total of 206 points though fell to third in the final event, with their relay only finishing 18th. Tesoro was tenth in the final relay to score 221 points and finish second.

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    SMCHS swim

    The 4×100 Relay order listed is incorrect; Shelton was anchor in Finals and Ristic leadoff

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