Bryce Mefford Leads Oak Ridge to CIF Sac-Joaquin Crown

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At the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships today in Lodi, California, the women’s team race was tight while the men’s was clear cut. Meet records fell on both sides.


The Davis women (273) edged Granite Bay (268.5) and Rio Americano (261) for the overall team win.

Rio Americano got out to an early lead as the team of  Kailee NabetaTina ReuterHallada Kinsey, and Lizzie Menzmer clocked a 1:43.06 in the 200 medley relay, just quicker than Davis’ Zoe Cosgrove, Kyla LeacoxMia Motekaitis, and Cody Hargadon in 1:43.15.

Motekaitis battled Nevada Union High School’s Emma Lawless and Folsom High School’ Katie Yule for the 200 freestyle. Motekaitis got to the wall first with a 1:49.06 to Lawless’ 1:49.39 and Yule’s 1:49.52.

Granite Bay’s Chloe Clark cracked two minutes (1:59.51) to win the 200 IM. That took down Sohpie Weber‘s 2012 meet record of 2:00.50. Clark then dominated the 100 backstroke in 53.47, just off her own meet record time. Lawless earned silver (54.72).

Kristina Murphy of Christian Brothers High School won the 100 breaststroke with a meet record 1:01.83. Also clearing last year’s meet record (1:02.25) set by Heaven Quintana was Giannii Pitto (1:02.14) of Lodi.

Country Day’s Amalie Fackenthal touched in 23.04 to earn the 50 free crown. She returned with a 50.22 100 freestyle to be a double winner.

Kinsey (54.40) edged Motekaitis (54.78) and Menzmer (54.98) to win the 100 fly.

200 medley relay results repeated in the 500 freestyle as Kinsey (4:52.13) was a second quicker than Cosgrove (4:53.54).

The 200 freestyle relay went to Davis’ Leacox, Keianna PinedaLaurel Krovetz, and Hargadon in 1:37.28. Finishing second was Madeline WoznickNicole CooneOlivia Grim, and Pitto of Lodi in 1:37.44.

The meet ended with a dominating relay effort from Rio Americano’s Nabeta, Menzmer, Kinsey, and Reuter as the quartet registered a 3:25.24 in the 400 freestyle relay.


Oak Ridge was dominant with 362 points. Granite Bay had 266 and Jesuit Marauders scored 215.5.

The Oak Ridge team of Bryce MeffordBen DillardColby Mefford, and Colin Reeve got off to a quick start with a 1:31.05 to win the 200 medley relay by a significant margin. That also dipped under the 1:31.21 meet record Davis Senior set in 2014.

That was just the beginning for Bryce Mefford. The senior turned in a 1:34.93 to win the 200 freestyle. That destroyed his own meet record of 1:37.19. He followed that up with a 47.19 in the 100 butterfly, under his old meet record mark of 48.08. Timothy Lee of Vanden was runner up in the 200 free. He later won the 100 in a 45.38.

Mefford also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.13 along with Leon KassianenkoCole Tilley, and Sean Ranaweera. Dillard topped the 200 IM (1:50.94).

C. K. McClatchy freshman Gianluca Urlando took down the 100 backstroke section record in prelims with a 47.53. That slashed a half second off the 48.07 Bryce Mefford set in 2015. In today’s finals Urlando was not as quick, but still dominated with a 48.41.

In 21.13 Finn O’Haimhirgin of BEVI won the 50 freestyle. Antelope Titans’s Daniel Ilin stopped the clock in 4:27.38 to claim the 500 free. Urlando was runner up in 4:29.60, taking down the 4:35.46 Frosh/Soph record set in 1993.

Joseph A Gregori’s Andrew Britton touched in 54.91 for 100 breaststroke gold. Oak Ridge added a third relay victory as Kassianenko, Dillard, Evan McCormick, and Colby Mefford raced to a 3:06.36 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Full results available on Meet Mobile “2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section”.

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  1. Richa IJntema Cuevas

    Sandra Carrizales Wells, they named Andrew Britton in this article

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