2016 Combined Tryout Results
2016 Green and Gold, Meet Summary
2016 South, Meet Summary
2016 West, Meet Summary
2016 North, Meet Summary
2016 Peninsula, Meet Summary
2016 Palos Verdes, Meet Summary
2016 Redondo Union, Meet Summary
2016 Bay League Complete Results
2016 CIF Prelims
2016 CIF Finals
2016 Individual Best Times
CIF-SS Division 2 FINALS: The Mustang Girls finished 11th overall, and the Boys 26th, big improvements over the 2015 CIF placements of 36th and 35th, respectively! Three recent (~24-hrs old!) MCHS Record were broken in the Finals with drops by Alex Crisera in the 100 Free and the Girls (Farrell/Kuehler/K. Barnhill/Crisera) and Boys (Campbell/Woicik/Bathurst/White) 4x100 Free Relays, but the big news of the day was Matt Woicik's NEW record in the 500 Free, besting a time dating from 1981!
The first Costa swimmer in the water was Kai Bathurst in the consol final of the 200 IM, where he maintained his position at 17th place. Alex Crisera dropped her prelim time by over half a second to claim 3rd in the Championship final of the 100 Free at a speed automatically qualifying her for All American recognition and improving upon her Costa team record! Lauren Nielsen improved her placement in the consol final of the 500 Free for a 16th place finish. Matt Woicik also improved his place in the 500 Free Championship final with a 3.34-second drop, claiming 6th place in the event along with the Costa record! Next the Girls 200 Free Relay team of Crisera/Katie Barnhill/Sophie Kuehler/Riley Farrell came in at 5th in the Championship final, while the Boys team of Ian Campbell/Nate Griffith/Andrew White/Bathurst claimed 17th overall. Alex Crisera maintained her 3rd place spot in the Championship final of the 100 Back, not quite equaling her All American time of prelims, as did Kai Bathurst with 18th place in the 100 Back consol final. Riley Farrell tied for 14th in the consol final of the 100 Breast. Big finishes were in store for both 4x 100 Relay teams, with the Girls landing 8th in the Championship and the Boys winning the consols to come in at 10th, both in Costa record times!
The Boys 4x100y Free Relay team broke a MCHS team record from 1977!! Andrew White, Kai Bathurst, Ian Campbell and Matt Woicik--all smiles! Alex Crisera launching for a personal best and MCHS record in the 100 Back. The Girls 4x100y relay of Katie Barnhill, Riley Farrell and Sophie Kuehler cheer on Alex Crisera for a new MCHS record!
CIF-SS Division 2 PRELIMS: Excellent racing in Riverside today, with SEVEN MCHS Records broken (and likely improved upon tomorrow in the Finals!) and all-around impressive swimming by our squad! The Championship format typically features four heats, or the top 36 athletes/teams in each event in prelims. Finals will include two heats of each event, or the top 18 according to the swims in prelims; these heats are designated as a “consolation” or “B” final consisting of the 10th to 18th place athletes from prelims, and a “championship” or “A” final consisting of the top 9. Best times of the season will be indicated by asterisk (*).
Costa Championship Finalists are Alex Crisera* (5th 100 Free and 3rd 100 Back, breaking her own MCHS team records in both events!) Matt Woicik* (500 Free), and the Girls relay teams of Crisera/Katie Barnhill/Sophie Kuehler/Riley Farrell* (200 Free, new MCHS record!) and Farrell/Kuehler/K. Barnhill/Crisera* (400 Free, new MCHS record!); Crisera also broke the 2006 50 Free MCHS record in her lead-off split of the 200 Free Relay!
Consolation Finalists representing the Mustangs will appear in the 200 IM (Kai Bathurst* 17th), 500 Free (Lauren Nielsen*, 18th), 100 Back (Bathurst* 18th, reclaiming his 100 Back MCHS record!), 100 Breast (Riley Farrell* 15th), and the Boys relay teams in the 200 Free (13th, Colin Le/Ian Campbell/Andrew White/Bathurst*) and 400 Free (13th, Campbell/Woicik/Bathurst/White*, breaking a 39-year-old MCHS team record!).
Mira Costa swimmers also appeared in the Girls 200 Medley Relay (34th Grace Barnhill/Yen Nguyen/Shannon O’Brien/Mona Stone), the 200 Free (23rd Nikki Cooper* and 20th/2nd alternate Matt Woicik*), the 200 IM (19th/1st alternate K. Barnhill* and 22nd Farrell), the 50 Free (27th Kuehler), the 100 Fly (27th Campbell), the 100 Free (29th Kuehler and 21st Campbell*), the 500 Free (21st Cooper*), and the 100 Back (20th/2nd alternate K. Barnhill*, 32nd Shannon O’Brien*, and 23rd Andrew White). Note many best times swum today, and all our athletes can be proud of their performance in this elite company. This meet has gotten substantially faster in the past few years!
Bay League FINALS: Many strong swims contributed to the success of the Mustangs this season! Special CONGRATS to swimmers setting new League Records–Jasmine Wu (FS Girls 50 Fly) and the Varsity Girls 200 Free Relay of Riley Farrell/Katie Barnhill/Lauren Nielsen/Sophie Kuehler! In addition, Andrew White set a new MCHS Varsity Boys 100 Back record!
Frosh/Soph Girls and Boys performed extremely well, with commanding leads over the three other schools. First place finishers included Megan Benz and Liam Cook (200 Free), Jasmine Wu and Patrick Lucas (IM), Devon Hagstrom (50 Free), Jasmine Wu and Diego Almendariz (Fly), Joshua Terry (100 Free), Isabelle Chiu and Alex Nahabed (Breast), and the relay teams of Wu/Benz/Charlotte Samuels/Sammy Wergeles and Alex Nahabed/Cook/Terry/Hagstrom (200 Free) and Wu/Katherine Harada Alcantara/Benz/Wergeles and Hagstrom/Lucas/Cook/Terry. Many best times recorded among the FS swimmers, including Jasmine Wu (100 IM, 50 Fly), Sammy Wergeles (50, 100 Free), Joshua Terry (100 Free), AJ Slater (200 Free), Charlotte Samuels (50, 100 Free), Jasmine Noh (50 Back, 50 Breast), Alex Nahabed (100 Breast), Brianna Manyweather (50 Fly), Patrick Lucas (200 IM, 100 Breast), Katherine Harada Alcantara (100 IM), Devon Hagstrom (50, 100 Free), Liam Cook (50, 200 Free), Kalea Conrad (200 Free), Dane Colmery (200 IM), Ashley Cole (50 Fly), Isabelle Chiu (100 IM, 50 Breast), Megan Benz (100, 200 Free), Mallie Axelrad (50 Free, 50 Back), Natasha Anders (50 Free, 50 Back), and Diego Almendariz (200 IM, 100 Fly).
The performance in Varsity was solid this year! In 2015 Costa won two individual events, with Lauren Nielsen taking the 500 Free and Ed Jeon in the 100 Breast. This year that number tripled, with Riley Farrell taking the 200 IM and 100 Breast, Colin Le with an impressive 50 Free, Lauren Nielsen repeating in the 500 Free, and seniors Ian Campbell and Matt Woicik claiming the 100 and 500, respectively. Costa Girls had an 85 point lead over #2 Peninsula; Costa Boys put up an strong fight, but ended up 33 points shy of #1 Peninsula—no doubt making their coach nervous about next year! Our 200 Free Relays both took first, with the teams of Farrell/Katie Barnhill/Nielsen/Sophie Kuehler and Le/A. White/Campbell/Kai Bathurst, and the Boys 400 Relay of Campbell/Woicik/A. White/Bathurst strung together a strong performance to claim first with a CIF AUTO cut and 3.5 s drop in time. Best times and new/improved CIF cuts occurred throughout the meet, with Seniors in bold: Matt Woicik (200 Free CON), Spencer White (50, 100 Free), Andrew White (200 Free CON, 100 Back AUTO and MCHS Team Record!!), Mark Warnecke (200 Free CON), Ella Trodd (200 CON, 500 Free CON), Mona Stone (50, 100 Free), Alex Schafirovitch (500 Free), Finn Pardon (200 Free), Lauren Nielsen (200 Free CON), Macy McKeegan (100 Back), Camille Lyter (200 IM, 500 Free), Bryce Lyter (100 Breast), Alex Luo (100 Fly), Colin Le (50 CON, 100 Free), Sophie Kuehler (50 CON, 100 Free CON), Jack Kittay (100 Breast), Sean Keegan (500 Free), Nate Griffith (50, 100 Free CON), Danielle Gonzales (100 Fly), Annika Gilboy (100 Free), Riley Farrell (200 IM AUTO), Jack Decker (500 Free), Peter DaGiau (100 Fly), Nikki Cooper (200 CON, 500 Free CON), Ian Campbell (100 Free AUTO), Kai Bathurst (200 IM AUTO), Katie Barnhill (100 Fly CON, 100 Back AUTO), Grace Barnhill (50 Free, 100 Back CON), Sydney Avery (100 Back), and Henry Anthony (200 IM).
Congratulations to our CIF athletes in individual events!
Katie Barnhill––200 IM, 100 Back
Kai Bathurst––200 IM, 100 Back
Ian Campbell––100 Fly, 100 Free
Nikki Cooper––200 Free, 500 Free
Alex Crisera––100 Free, 100 Back
Riley Farrell––200 IM, 100 Breast
Sophie Kuehler––50 Free, 100 Free
Colin Le––50 Free ALTERNATE
Lauren Nielsen––200 Free, 500 Free
Shannon O’Brien––100 Back
Andrew White––100 Back
Matt Woicik––200 Free, 500 Free
Five relay teams will compete: Girls 200 Medley, Girls/Boys 200 Free, Girls/Boys 400 Free
Relays will be comprised of swimmers listed above plus the following athletes (eight per relay, including four alternates per team): Grace Barnhill, Nate Griffith, Devon Hagstrom, Jack Kittay, Yen Nguyen, Mona Stone, Ella Trodd, Mark Warnecke and Jasmine Wu
CIF 2016: Overall, the trend of increasing speed is continuing in Division 2! In 2015 Costa sent eight individual competitors and six relays; this year our total is 12 individual athletes plus one alternate and five relays. A team of 21 Mustang swimmers is anticipated. Check out the D2 Psych sheet (posted above) to see our rankings going in!
Bay Leagues PRELIMS: Nice swimming today! Individual events only were swum in prelims, reserving all relays for Thursday's finals. Below is a preview of who will be back in the water on Thursday scoring points for Costa; * denotes improvement upon seed time:
FS—top 8 return for finals out of maximum 16 swimmers in prelims. Girls; Boys listed
200 Free: Benz; Cook, Slater*, Levin
IM: Wu, Harada Alcantara*, Chiu*; Lucas*, Almendariz*, Hoye
50 Free: Wergeles, Samuels*, Axelrad*; Nahabed, Hagstrom, Cook*, Nelson
Fly: Wu*, Manyweather*, Harada Alcantara, Cole; Almendariz, Noddings, Hoye
100 Free: Wergeles*, Benz, Samuels*; Terry, Hagstrom, Nelson
Back: Axelrad, Anders*; Slater, Terry, Levin
Breast: Chiu, U. Nguyen; Nahabed*, Lucas*
Varsity—top 16 return out of max 16 swimmers for Consolation (B) and Championship (A) finals; ALL score points!!! Girls then Boys swimmers listed.
200 Free A: Nielsen*, Cooper, Trodd and Hong; A: Woicik, A. White*, Warnecke; B: Pardon*
IM: A: Farrell, O’Brien; B: C. Lyter; A: Bathurst, Anthony*, Kittay; B: Keegan
50 Free: A: Kuehler; G. Barnhill*, Y. Nguyen, Stone; A: Campbell, Le, Griffith*; B: S. White
Fly: A: K. Barnhill*, Brownsberger, O’Brien; B: Gonzales; A: Warnecke, Anthony, Luo*; B: DaGiau
100 Free: A: Kuehler, Stone, Gilboy, Troeger; A: Campbell, Griffith*, Le; B: S. White*
500 Free: A: Nielsen, Cooper, Trodd, Lyter*; A: Woicik; B: Decker, Keegan, Schafirovitch
Back: A: K. Barnhill*, G. Barnhill*, McKeegan*; B: Avery*; A: A. White*, Bathurst, Luo; B: Aleksich
Breast: A: Farrell, Y. Nguyen*, Hong; B: Riverin; A: Kittay, Pardon; B: Decker, Lyter*
Redondo Union: Varsity Boys win big 126 to 44, followed by Varsity Girls with 122 to 48; FS Girls came in at 114 to 40, and FS Boys 112 to 41. Nice job, Mustangs!!! New CIF cuts were achieved by Lauren Nielsen (500 Free AUTO), Riley Farrell (200 Free CON), Nikki Cooper (100 Back CON), Yen Nguyen (100 Breast CON) and Sophie Kuehler (100 Breast CON), while Katie Barnhill (100 Fly), Kai Bathurst (100 Fly), Shannon O’Brien (100 Back) and Riley Farrell (100 Free-relay) improved their CON cuts. Every Costa relay took first place, along with the majority of individual events. Nearly every Mustang swimmer contributed to our point total, creating excellent momentum moving on to the Bay League Champs next week!
FS winners in individual events included Megan Benz and Liam Cook (200 Free), Katherine Harada Alcantara and Patrick Lucas (IM), Jasmine Wu and Alex Nahabed (50 Free), Diego Almendariz (Fly), Wu and Devon Hagstrom (100 Free), Mallie Axelrad (Back), and Isabelle Chiu and Lucas (Breast). Top relay teams were comprised of Axelrad/Chiu/Harada Alcantara/Charlotte Samuels and Alex Levin/Lucas/Joshua Hoye/River Benyair (200 medley), Wu/Sammy Wergeles/Samuels/Benz and Joshua Terry/Tommy Nelson/Hagstrom/Nahabed (200 free), and Wu/Harada Alcantara/Benz/Wergeles and Hagstrom/Lucas/Cook/Terry (400 free).
Varsity winners included Riley Farrell and Matt Woicik (200 Free), Katie Barnhill and Ian Campbell (200 IM), Andrew White (50 Free), K. Barnhill and Kai Bathurst (100 Fly), Alex Crisera and A. White (100 Free), Lauren Nielsen and Woicik (500 Free), Shannon O’Brien and Bathurst (100 Back), and Yen Nguyen and Jack Kittay (100 Breast). The fastest relay teams of the day were Nikki Cooper/Sophie Kuehler/Nielsen/Mona Stone and Bathurst/Kittay/Woicik/Campbell (200 Medley), Farrell/K. Barnhill/Kuehler/Crisera and Campbell/Colin Le/A. White/Bathurst (200 Free), and Farrell/Nielsen/K. Barnhill/Crisera and Le/Mark Warnecke/Woicik/A. White (400 Free).
Palos Verdes: A clean sweep for Costa in the second of our League meets!!! The Mustangs crushed the Sea Kings, with the Varsity Girls leading the way 126-44, Varsity Boys 117-53, FS Girls 93-61 and FS Boys 113-41. Fantastic results! In order to highlight the DEPTH of our team, if our swimmers came in 1-2-3, all will be listed—because EVERY POINT COUNTS! As this was our last home meet of the season, the team started off with a tribute to the graduating seniors and we used our exhibition lanes to the fullest—check out the results for some impressive non-scoring times!
Frosh/Soph swimmers looked great, winning almost every event. Individual winners included 200 Free swimmers Mona Stone (with Megan Benz and Cecelia Braun in 2nd and 3rd) and Liam Cook; IM winners Brianna Manyweather and Jack Decker (with Patrick Lucas and Diego Almendariz); Boys 50 Free winner Devon Hagstrom (Joshua Terry, Lucas Falley); Boys 100 Fly winner Diego Almendariz (Cayden Noddings, Joshua Hoye); 100 Free winners Mona Stone and Devon Hagstrom (Liam Cook, AJ Slater); Back winners Jasmine Wu and Jack Decker; and Breast winners Isabelle Chiu and Patrick Lucas. All relays were won by Mustang teams, with Wu, Uyen Nguyen, Brianna Manyweather and Megan Benz/Cook, Lucas, Almendariz and Hagstrom for the 200 medley; Stone, Benz, Katherine Harada Alcantara and Wu/Decker, Slater, Terry, and River Benyair for the 200 Free; and Harada Alcantara, Soleil Crow, Charlotte Samuels and Mona Stone/Terry, Lucas, Cook and Hagstrom for the 400 Free.
Varsity swimmers had similar success, with top three swimmers in the Medley, Fly and Back events for Girls AND Boys! The 200 Free started off with winners Alex Crisera (Lauren Nielsen, Katie Barnhill) and Matt Woicik; IM wins by Riley Farrell (Shannon O’Brien, Ella Trodd) and Kai Bathurst (Jack Kittay, Henry Anthony); 50 Free winners Sophie Kuehler and Colin Le; Fly winners Alex Crisera (Lauren Nielsen, Yen Nguyen) and Kai Bathurst (Andrew White, Henry Anthony); 100 Free winners Riley Farrell and Ian Campbell; Back winners Shannon O’Brien (Nikki Cooper, Grace Barnhill), Matt Woicik (Andrew White, Alex Luo); and Breast winners Katie Barnhill (Yen Nguyen, Sophie Kuehler) and Jack Kittay. All relays took first place starting with the 200 Medley teams of Crisera/Kuehler/K. Barnhill/Farrell and Bathurst/Kittay/Woicik/Campbell, followed by the 200 Free teams of Y. Nguyen/Nielsen/G. Barnhill/Farrell and White/Nate Griffith/Le/Bathurst, and finally the 400 Free teams of Nielsen/K. Barnhill/Kuehler/Crisera and White/Mark Warnecke/Campbell/Griffith.
CIF CON times were achieved by Katie Barnhill in the 100 Breast, Lauren Nielsen in the 100 Fly and Matt Woicik in the 100 Back; cut improvements included Alex Crisera in the 200 Free and Shannon O’Brien the 100 Fly. Season best times were swum by Spencer White, Mark Warnecke, Joshua Terry, AJ Slater, Alex Schafirovitch, Charlotte Samuels, Anna Real, Cayden Noddings, Yen Nguyen, Emma Nerad, Yasmeen Mohammedi, Brianna Manyweather, Bryce Lyter, Patrick Lucas, Katherine Harada Alcantara, Devon Hagstrom, Nate Griffith, Danielle Gonzales, Annika Gilboy, Emma Forman, Lucas Falley, Peter DaGiau, Soleil Crow, Isabelle Chiu, Cecelia Braun, Megan Benz, River Benyair, Sydney Avery, Emma Anderson and Natasha Anders. Also worth mentioning were three first-time MCHS entries to the 500 Free: Camille Lyter 2nd, Colin Le 3rd, and Sean Keegan 5th. Phew! Apologies if anyone was missed. What a great testament to the hard work the kids and our coaches are putting in!!!
Peninsula: Girls Varsity WINS 105 to 65! FS Girls and Boys WIN 97 to 57 and 107 to 46, respectively! Boys Varsity fall 98 to 72. Peninsula has been the team to beat in recent years, so these results are very exciting for Costa! Several close races, including a tie for first place in the Varsity Boys 100 free (featuring Mustang Andrew White) and three girls swimming 1:00 in the Varsity 100 back (with Alex Crisera and Katie Barnhill flanking one of Pen’s best). Best times were swum by Riley Farrell (100 free-relay, CON), Nate Griffith (100 free), Devon Hagstrom (50 free), Jack Kittay (200 IM), Patrick Lucas (200 free), Brianna Manyweather (100 IM), Lauren Nielsen (200 free, CON), Cayden Noddings (100 breast), Finn Pardon (200 free), Joshua Terry (200 free), Mark Warnecke (500 free), and Sammy Wergeles (50 and 200 free).
Individual event Varsity winners include Lauren Nielsen (200 free), Riley Farrell (200 IM, 100 breast), Katie Barnhill (100 fly), Alex Crisera (100 free, 100 back), Nikki Cooper (500 free), and Andrew White (100 free). The relay teams of Nielsen, Cooper, Mona Stone and Shannon O’Brien (200 free), Farrell, Sophie Kuehler, Nielsen and Crisera (400 free) and Ian Campbell, Colin Le, White and Kai Bathurst (400 free) ended the meet on a high note.
FS individual winners include Camille Lyter (200 free, 50 free), Liam Cook (200 free), Jasmine Wu (100 IM, 50 fly), Sean Keegan (200 IM, 100 fly), Devon Hagstrom (50 and 100 free), Megan Benz (100 free), Jack Decker (100 back, 100 breast), and Isabelle Chiu (50 breast). The relay teams of Mallie Axelrad, Chiu, Wu and Lyter (200 medley), Keegan, Decker, Joshua Hoye and Hagstrom (200 medley), Cook, AJ Slater, Patrick Lucas and Tommy Nelson (200 free), Wu, Benz, Sammy Wergeles and Lyter (400 free), and Hagstrom, Decker, Cook and Joshua Terry (400 free) all took firsts to round up the strong FS showing!
North: The scores tell the story: 135 to 31, MCHS Varsity Girls; 128 to 40, MCHS Varsity Boys; 123 to 31, MCHS JV Girls; 120 to 29, MCHS JV Boys. Multiple races saw Mustang swimmers claiming 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd places! Varsity Assistant Coach Myers assigned events for Varsity and Assistant Coach Meek for FS/JV, and clearly they did a great job! Our athletes were pushed out of their comfort zones and earned times for strokes or distances not attempted in earlier meets.
The Torrance teams swim JV rather than FS, giving our coaches more flexibility in the “FS” division. Our winners in individual events included Camille Lyter (200 Free), Sean Keegan (200 Free, 200 IM), Jasmine Wu (100 IM, 50 Fly), Katherine Harada Alcantara (50 Free), Joshua Terry (50 Free), Diego Almendariz (100 Fly), Sammy Wergeles (100 Free), Devon Hagstrom (100 Free), Mallie Axelrad (50 Back), Alex Levin (100 Back), Tara Delk (50 Breast) and River Benyair (100 Breast). Relay winners were the teams of Jasmine Noh/Uyen Nguyen/Cecelia Braun/Axelrad and Jack Decker/Lucas Falley/Joshua Hoye/Garrett Allen for the 200 Medley; Wergeles/Axelrad/Harada Alcantara/Braun and Hagstrom/Ethan Chalk/Levin/Keegan for the 200 Free; and Wergeles/Noh/Emma Anderson/Brianna Manyweather and Benyair/Almendariz/Tommy Nelson/Decker in the 400 Free.
Varsity saw winners in the 200 Free (Alex Crisera, Kai Bathurst), 200 IM (Shannon O’Brien, Matt Woicik), 50 Free (Nikki Cooper, Spencer White), 100 Fly (Crisera, Andrew White), 100 Free (Lauren Nielsen, Ian Campbell), 500 Free (Riley Farrell, Clay Allen), 100 Back (Sophie Kuehler, Campbell), and 100 Breast (Ella Trodd). New CIF Consideration cuts were achieved by Crisera (200 Free, 100 Fly), O'Brien (200 IM), Farrell (100 Fly, 500 Free), Katie Barnhill (100 Fly), and Kuehler and Campbell (100 Back). Winning Varsity relay teams were comprised of Cooper/Yen Nguyen/O’Brien/Kuehler and Colin Le/Finn Pardon/Campbell/Jack Kittay in the 200 Medley; Trodd/Grace Barnhill/O’Brien/Farrell and Jack Kittay/Bathurst/Henry Anthony/Mark Warnecke in the 200 Free; and Farrell/Nielsen/K. Barnhill/Crisera and C. Allen/Woicik/Pardon/Campbell for the 400 Free.
South Bay Invitational: WOW!!!! Varsity Girls take first, Varsity Boys take second, BOTH FS teams finish first! Great results for our team and some wonderful races! FIVE MCHS Team Records fell in the Finals: Varsity Girls 100 Free to Alex Crisera, Varsity Girls 100 Backstroke to Alex Crisera (breaking her own record from Wednesday!), the Varsity Boys 100 Backstroke to Freshman Kai Bathurst, and the Varsity Girls 200 AND 400 Free Relay teams of Riley Farrell/Yen Nguyen/Sophie Kuehler/Alex Crisera and Lauren Nielsen/Katie Barnhill/Sophie Kuehler/Alex Crisera, respectively!
Our Frosh/Soph swimmers showed up to race! First place finishers took home the gold in the 200 Medley Relay made up of Sean Keegan, Alex Nahabed, Henry Anthony and Devon Hagstrom; Liam Cook in the 200 Free; Mona Stone and Alex Nahabed in the 50 Free; Henry Anthony with the only sub-1 minute swim of the 100 Fly; Mona Stone, with the only sub-1 minute swim among the girls, and Devon Hagstrom in the 100 Free; the 200 Free Relay team of Henry Anthony, Sean Keegan, Jack Decker and Alex Nahabed; Jasmine Wu in the 50 Back; Jack Decker in the 100 Back, and the 400 Free Relay teams of Camille Lyter, Megan Benz, Jasmine Wu and Mona Stone for the girls and Patrick Lucas, Jack Decker, Liam Cook and Devon Hagstrom for the boys. In addition to our winners, we had multiple events in which every entered MCHS swimmer returned for the top 8 heat! These swimmers showcase our depth in the following events: Liam Cook, Alex Levin, AJ Slater and Ethan Chalk in the 200 free; Sean Keegan, Patrick Lucas and Diego Almendariz in the 200 IM; Mona Stone, Megan Benz, Mallie Axelrad and Katherine Harada Alcantara in the 50 Free; Henry Anthony, Sean Keegan, Diego Almendariz and Joshua Hoye in the 100 Fly; Devon Hagstrom, Liam Cook and Tommy Nelson in the 100 Free; and Tara Delk, Isabelle Chiu, Uyen Nguyen and Ashley Cole in the 50 Breast. Lots of best times contributed to the matching First Place Trophies collected at the end of the meet!
Among the impressive races in Varsity, the Boys 200 IM had a particularly strong field this year; whereas in 2015 only one swimmer broke the 2-minute barrier, we saw FOUR in that category, including personal best times by the top two finishers. Kai Bathurst captured 2nd place for Costa, just 0.01 shy of the CIF AUTO cut! In the 500 Free Freshmen Nikki Cooper and Ella Trodd claimed the two top spots, both with personal best times, while Senior Matt Woicik was first to the wall in a photo-finish race with two of Pali’s top swimmers. With two new MCHS Team Records under her belt, Alex Crisera had little trouble taking 1st the 100 Free, but she found a challenge in the 100 Back, in which the top two girls finished in under one minute. The Varsity Girls swept the relay events with the teams of Nikki Cooper, Yen Nguyen, Katie Barnhill and Grace Barnhill in the 200 Medley; Riley Farrell, Yen Nguyen, Sophie Kuehler and Alex Crisera in the 200 Free Relay; and Lauren Nielsen, Katie Barnhill, Sophie Kuehler and Alex Crisera in the 400 Free Relay. Varsity events in which all entered MCHS swimmers returned for one of the two heats of finals were led by Nikki Cooper, Ella Trodd, Sydney Hong and Saralyn Troeger in the 200 Free; Sophie Kuehler, Yen Nguyen, Grace Barnhill and Macy McKeegan in the Girls 50 Free; Andrew White, Colin Le and Spencer White in the Boys 50 Free; Alex Crisera, Sophie Kuehler, Kaylee Brownsberger and Annika Gilboy in the Girls 100 Free; Ian Campbell, Colin Le and Alex Luo in the Boys 100 Free; Nikki Cooper, Ella Trodd, Emily Seth and Emma Nerad in the 500 Free; Kai Bathurst, Andrew White, Alex Luo and Jack Kittay in the 100 Back; and Riley Farrell, Grace Barnhill, Sydney Hong and Sydney Avery in the 100 Breastroke. Other top three finishers included individual swims by Matt Woicik, Riley Farrell, Katie Barnhill, Kai Bathurst, Andrew White, Colin Le, Shannon O’Brien, Ian Campbell and all of the Boys Relay teams. And then there are the CIF cuts….
Lots of new or improved CIF qualifying swims in the pool at SBI! A CIF AUTO cut triple was scored by Freshman Riley Farrell (200 IM, 100 Breast, and 50 Free-relay leg). Alex Crisera strengthened her 100 Free and 100 Back times, while Ian Campbell (100 Fly), Matt Woicik (500 Free) and Kai Bathurst (100 Back) met the AUTO standard. The relay teams of Riley Farrell, Yen Nguyen, Sophie Kuehler and Alex Crisera (200 Free), Ian Campbell, Andrew White, Colin Le and Kai Bathurst (200 Free) and Lauren Nielsen, Katie Barnhill, Sophie Kuehler and Alex Crisera (400 Free) did their jobs in earning MCHS lanes at CIF. CIF CON times were earned by Nikki Cooper (200 and 500 Free), Matt Woicik (200 Free), Katie Barnhill (200 IM, 100 Back), Kai Bathurst (200 IM), Sophie Kuehler (50 and 100 Free), Andrew White (50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free-relay leg), Mark Warnecke (200 Free, 100 Fly), Ian Campbell (100 Free, 50 Free-relay leg), Ella Trodd (500 Free), Alex Crisera (50 Free-relay leg), and Lauren Nielsen (100 Free-relay leg). The boys relay teams of Colin Le, Jack Kittay, Matt Woicik and Mark Warnecke (200 Medley) and Andrew White, Matt Woicik, Ian Campbell and Kai Bathurst (400 Free) improved their chances of a CIF appearance.
MCHS v West Torrance High: West’s star sprinter took first place in her two races, pushing her Mustang competitors to new CIF Consideration cuts in the process, but Costa claimed the win in every other race, often taking the top three spots! Varsity Girls scored 120–50; Varsity Boys 134–36; JV Girls 126–22; and JV Boys 121–31. Interested in the scoring process? See the note at the bottom of this section. New or improved CIF AUTO cuts and CIF CON cuts noted!
The 200 medley relays started the meet off with a bang, with top finishes by the teams of Jasmine Wu, Uyen Nguyen, Brianna Manyweather, and Megan Benz; Sean Keegan, Patrick Lucas, Joshua Hoye, and Devon Hagstrom; Alex Crisera, Riley Farrell, Katie Barnhill, and Sophie Kuehler; and Kai Bathurst, Finn Pardon, Matt Woicik, Colin Le. 200 freestyle winners followed with Camille Lyter and Alex Levin in JV and K. Barnhill and Ian Campbell in Varsity. JV 100/200 IM were led by Isabelle Chiu and Keegan, and Varsity 200 IM wins for Farrell and Bathurst. Tommy Nelson and Benz touched the wall first for the JV 50 free, with Colin Le taking Varsity Boys. The 50/100 fly JV winners were C. Lyter and Jack Decker, followed by Varsity 100 fly swimmers Farrell and Mark Warnecke. In the 100 free, J. Wu and Joshua Terry led JV, and Nate Griffith got the job done for Varsity. The swim of the meet was the 500 free by Crisera, hitting a lifetime personal best in addition to claiming a long-standing MCHS team record; Woicik took first for Varsity boys. The 200 free relays followed, with wins by the teams of Katherine Harada Alcantara, C. Lyter, Benz and J. Wu; Terry, Decker, AJ Slater and Keegan; Ella Trodd, Grace Barnhill, Yen Nguyen and Farrell; and Warnecke, Griffith, Campbell and Le. The backstroke events were claimed by J. Wu, Decker, G. Barnhill and Bathurst, and the breaststroke events by Chiu, Patrick Lucas, Kuehler and Campbell. The final 400 free relays were won by the teams of C. Lyter, Sami Wergeles, Charlotte Samuels and Harada Alcantara; Decker, Slater, Lucas and Terry; Crisera, Nikki Cooper, Kuehler and K. Barnhill; and Andrew White, Bathurst, Warnecke and Campbell. Additional CIF cuts went to Crisera (2nd 50 free), Kuehler (2nd 100 free). WELL DONE, MUSTANGS!!!
MCHS v South Torrance High: The Spartans left our pool with some best times, but the Mustangs were victorious in all but the FS Girls division. Our Varsity Girls outscored our Boys by 1 point, taking down the South Varsity squads 123-47 and 122-48, respectively. The FS Boys were strong at 118-35, while the FS Girls fell 83-66. Freshman Alex Crisera notched two Automatic CIF cuts in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, clocking the fastest backstroke time of the meet (yes, she beat the Varsity boys!). Consideration CIF times (CON) for individual events were achieved in the 200 free (Matt Woicik), 200 IM (Katie Barnhill, Ian Campbell), 50 free (Riley Farrell), 100 fly (Shannon O’Brien, Campbell, Kai Bathurst), 500 free (Nikki Cooper, Woicik), 100 back (K. Barnhill), and 100 breast (Farrell)—an impressive display of the diversity in the team! Varsity wins were also scored by Cooper (200 free), Bathurst (50 free), Ella Trodd (100 free), and Andrew White (100 free and 100 back). CON times were scored in four of the girls relay teams, with two in the 200 medley (Crisera/Sophie Kuehler/K. Barnhill/Farrell and Trodd/Grace Barnhill/O’Brien/Cooper), and the winning 200 free and 400 free relays (G. Barnhill/Yen Nguyen/Trodd/Farrell and Crisera/Kuehler/K. Barnhill/Cooper, respectively). The boys team hit their first relay CON time in the 200 medley (Bathurst/Jack Kittay/Campbell/Colin Le). The boys 200 free (Campbell/A. White/Mark Warnecke/Woicik) and 400 free (Bathurst/Warnecke/Woicik/A. White) relays took first place honors.
The Frosh/Soph division events were dominated by Mustangs in the boys events, with winners including Liam Cook (200 free), Diego Almendariz (200 IM), Tommy Nelson (50 free), Sean Keegan (100 fly and 100 back), and Jack Decker (100 free and 100 breast). Our boys won every relay with the teams of Keegan, Patrick Lucas, Joshua Hoye and Holden Brown in the 200 medley, Decker, Cook, Brown and Keegan in the 200 free, and Garrett Allen, Cook, Decker and Lucas in the 400 free. Standout performances by the girls included Camille Lyter (200 free), Sami Wergeles (50 free), Megan Benz (100 free), Ashley Cole (50 breast, and the 200 free relay team of Isabelle Chiu, Cole, Wergeles, and Benz.
Green and Gold 2016! Our kick-off intrasquad meet got serious with the arrival of the Championship Trophy! Shown is the “before” version, as the Mustang is now painted GREEN after a closely contested match up, with events and relay teams assigned by our Team Captains. Over 140 athletes competed in the meet, and CIF Consideration cuts were made by freshmen girls Alexandra Crisera (100 free, 100 back) and Riley Farrell (200 IM, 100 breast), as well as senior boys Ian Campbell and Matt Woicik, who faced off in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Three girls relays took CON cuts as well: the 200 Medley Relay of Nikki Cooper, Farrell, Kaylee Brownsberger, and Mona Stone; the 200 Free Relay of Mona Stone, Farrell, Grace Barnhill, and Camille Lyter; and the Girls 400 Free Relay of Ella Trodd, Sophie Kuehler, Saralyn Troeger, and Crisera. We can expect all these times to be improved upon as the season progresses, but a very satisfying start indeed, especially with the strong freshman class! Other swimmers making a splash in individual events: freshmen Ella Trodd, Kai Bathurst and Colin Le; sophomores Sophie Kuehler and Jack Kittay; junior Philip Aleksich; and seniors Kaylee Brownsberger, Annika Gilboy and Finn Pardon.