2017 SWIMMING RESULTS

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WEST RESULTS: CLICK HERE

SOUTH BAY INVITATIONAL BOYS PRELIMS: CLICK HERE

SOUTH BAY INVITATIONAL GIRLS PRELIMS: CLICK HERE

SOUTH BAY INVITATIONAL COMPLETE MEET RESULTS: CLICK HERE

PENNINSULA RESULTS: CLICK HERE

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CIF-SS D2 TEAM SCORES: CLICK HERE

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MCHS BEST TIMES 2017: CLICK HERE

2017 MCHS RECORDS VARSITY BOYS: CLICK HERE

2017 MCHS RECORDS VARSITY GIRLS: CLICK HERE

2016 Swimming Results


2016 Combined Tryout Results
2016 Green and Gold, Meet Summary
2016 South, Meet Summary
2016 West, Meet Summary
2016 SBI
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
Paige Richardson––Diving
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. 
  


 

GWP Results 2016

GWP has had an amazing season, lead by Coach Jon Reichardt, Dave Halushka, Damon Kern, & Sivan Pardon.

Varsity’s Bay League game record includes:

1/5/16 Costa vs. PV = won
1/13/16 Costa vs. West = won
1/18/16 Costa vs. Peninsula = won
1/20/16 Costa vs. Redondo = lost
1/26/16 Costa vs. PV = won
2/3/16 Costa vs. West = won
2/8/16 Costa vs. Peninsula (Senior Day) = won in OT!

2/10/16 Costa vs. Redondo (Bay League Championship game) = won!
     
A very exciting game with all 4 sprints won by Yen Nguyen, 11 saves by goalie Kate Nitzberg, 3 goals by Aminadi Anorve, 4 goals/2 steals by Team Captain Kaylee Brownsberger, 1 steal by Saralyn Troeger, 1 assist/1 steal by Cami Ruiz, 1 assist by Renee Ventura, 1 rebound & 3 steals by Skylar Jefferson, and 1 assist/1 block/2 steals by Chloe Le! Final score 7-4! Costa beats Redondo to win title…2016 Bay League Champions!

See PHOTOS here!


 

2014 BWP Game Schedule & Results

Please click here for the updated and printable 2014 Boys Water Polo Game Schedule

  • Thursday 9/18 - (V/JV/FS) San Marcos @ Mira Costa (W 9-8)
  • Tuesday 9/23 - (V/JV/FS) Palos Verdes @ Mira Costa 3:00 pm (W 11-8)
  • Thursday 9/25 - (V/JV/FS) Peninsula @ Peninsula 3:00 pm (W 9-5)
  • Fri-Sat 9/26-9/27 - (V) AFC Invite - San Diego, CA
    • 9/26 Game 1 vs Bonita (W 17-3)
    • 9/26 Game 2 vs La Jolla High (W 14-7) 
    • 9/27 Game 3 vs Cerritos (W 13-7)
    • 9/27 Game 4 vs Los Osos (L 11-10)
    • 9/27 Game 5 vs Cathedral Catholic (L 14-7)
  • Fri-Sat 9/26-9/27 - Sagerstrom JV Tourney @ Sagerstrom High School  (Mustang JV Team wins Championship!)
  • Wednesdy 10/1 - (V/JV/FS) West @ Torrance Plunge 3:00 pm (W 18-5)
  • Thursday 10/2 - (V/JV) Montebello @ Commerce 3:15 pm (L 10-8)
  • Fri-Sat 10/3-10/4 - Novice Tourney @ Mira Costa (10/3 @ 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday 10/9 (V/JV/FS) Redondo @ Redondo HS (W 18-3)
  • Saturday 10/11 (V/JV/FS) La Canada @ Pasadena City College 3:30 pm (W 19-5)
  • Wednesday 10/15 (V/JV/FS) Palos Verdes @ Palos Verdes 3:00 pm (W 14-12)
  • Friday 10/17 (V) S. Bay Tourney: Long Beach Poly @ MCHS 3:00 pm
  • Friday 10/17 (JV) S. Bay Tourney: Montebello @ MCHS 4:00 pm
  • Friday 10/17 (V) S. Bay Tourney: Hoover @ MCHS 5:00 pm
  • Friday 10/17 (JV) S. Bay Tourney: Millikan @ MCHS 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 10/18 - (V/JV) S. Bay Tourney @ El Segundo and Redondo Pools (TBA)
  • M/Th/F/Sa 10/20-10/25 - (JV) Hank Vellenkamp Tourney @ TBA
  • Tuesday 10/21 - (V/JV/FS) Peninsula @ Mira Costa 3:00
  • Thursday 10/23 - (V/JV/FS) West @ Mira Costa TBA
  • Fri-Sat 10/31-11/1 - (V) Steven Pal Tourney OC @ TBA
  • Tuesday 11/4 (V/JV/FS) Redondo @ Mira Costa 3:00
  • Wednesday 11/5 (FS/V/JV) Loyola @ Mira Costa 4:00
  • Friday 11/7 (V/JV) South Pasadena @ Mira Costa 3:15
  • Fri-Sat 11/7-11/8 - FS Tourney @ TBA
  • Tuesday 11/11 - CIF @ TBA
  • Wednesday 11/13 - CIF @ TBA
  • Thursday 11/14 - CIF @ TBA
  • Saturday 1/15 - CIF @ TBA
  • Wednesday 11/19 - CIF Semifinals @ Woolett Center TBA
  • Saturday 11/22 - CIF Finals Woolett Center TBA

Mustangs Win Non-League Game against La Canada

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Mustangs defeated La Canada 19-5 on Saturday and look primed and ready for the upcoming Bay League showdown against rival Palos Verdes this Wednesday, October 15, at Palos Verdes.

Click here for game coverage by the Los Angeles Daily News.

Costa improved to 9-3 on the season and once again displayed an active offensive attack with 19 goals scored off 13 assists.   Eleven players scored at least one goal.  Jake Tolt (pictured right) led the way with 4 goals and 3 assists, and Ed Jeon had 3 goals and 2 assists.  Other scorers were Andrew Todd (2 goals / 1 assist), Derrick Compass (2 goals), Antonis Nahabed (2 goals), Brandon Lavinsky (1 goal / 2 assists), Charlie Durham (1 goal), Jack "MCHS Homecoming King" Allen (1 goal), Kurt Hoffman (1 goal), Finn Pardon (1 goal / 2 assists), and Jack Heagy (1 assist).

The Mustangs were led on the defensive end by goal keeper, Nick "Wingspan" Dale's 1 goal against, and 7 saves in 14 minutes of play.

Don't forget to make the drive up the hill this Wednesday to support the Mustangs against Palos Verdes High School as they seek to keep their Bay League undefeated streak alive.

GO MUSTANGS!


Mustangs Rebound with Resounding Win over Redondo!

October 9, 2014

The 8-3 Mustang Boys Water Polo team improved their record to 4-0 in Bay League play as they defeated host Redondo 18-3.  Andrew Todd led the way on offense with 6 goals and two assists.  Costa once again displayed its ability to spread the offensive output as Ed Jeon, Jake Miller-Tolt, and Brandon 'Ice Man' Lavinsky had 3 goals each, followed by Christian Thornton, Lucas Brannan, and Finn Pardon with 1 goal each. 

The defensive end was led by Mustang goalkeeper Nick 'Wingspan' Dale as he held Redondo to 1 goal and 4 saves in the first half. Adam Zaun and Anders Khaykin held the Seahawks to only 2 second half goals as they split time in the third and fourth periods respectively.  Standout field defenders for the Mustangs were Finn Pardon and Dylan Linnell with 4 steals each.

The Mustangs will be back in action on Saturday, October 11th @ 3:30 pm, when they face La Canada at Pasadena City College.

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs Lose Nailbiter To Montebello 10-8

October 2, 2014

The Mustang Boys Water Polo team lost a tough battle to a uniquely physical Montebello team at The City of Commerce Aquatorium.

Things looked good at the start for Costa as goal keeper, Nick Dale, made two great blocks, and Jake Tolt opened the scoring putting Costa up 1-0 with 4:30 to play in the first.  Montebello answered on their next possession to tie the game at 1-1.  Tolt then found Brandon Lavinsky to put Costa back on top 2-1 at the 2:54 mark.  Little did the Mustangs know, but the theme of the game would play out over the next two minutes as Montebello answered with two goals to end the first period ahead 3-2.

Montebello scored to open the 2nd period and take a 4-2 lead.  Lavinsky answered with a goal at 3:54 and again on a feed from Ed Jeon with 2:36 left in the 2nd to tie the game at 4-4.  Just like the first period, Montebello regained its composure and physical play to close the 2nd period with a goal and led 5-4 at the half.

Montebello opened the 3rd period with a goal to extend their lead to 6-4.  Tolt answered with a goal at the 3:40 mark, and Montebello found the net to maintain a 2 point margin at 7-5.  Lavinsky countered and scored to pull the Mustangs within 1 and end the 3rd period down 7-6.

The 4th period continued with the physical play that was defining the game, and really, the Montebello game plan.  During the first 3 minutes of the period, Dale was able to block 3 point blank shots as Costa held the deficit to 1.  With 3:50 left to play, Andrew Todd found Ed Jeon who scored to tie it at 7-7, but once again, Montebello was able to counter and scored on their next possession to make it 8-7.  Taking a page out of Montebello's game plan, Costa responded as well as Finn Pardon found the net to tie the game with 3:13 left.  Montebello mirrored their 1st period effort and responded with two goals to close out the game and win 10-8 in front of their boisterous home fans.

The 7-3 Mustangs will now get a week to rest a few nagging injuries and take advantage of much needed practice time as they prepare to resume Bay League action at Redondo on Thursday, October 9 at 3:00 pm.  The Varsity team will start the action followed by the JV and Frosh/Soph teams.

Go Mustangs!


Costa Defeats West Torrance 18-5 To Remain Undefeated In Bay League Play

October 1, 2014

The #3 ranked Mustangs had to come behind to defeat West Torrance at the Torrance Plunge to improve their record to 7-2 overall, and 3-0 in the Bay League.

West Torrance surprised Costa by taking an early 1-0 lead just 32 seconds into the contest.  Mira Costa quickly rebounded 17 seconds later when Finn Pardon scored on a nice assist from Chase Williams to tie the game at 1-1.  The Mustangs then quickly scored four unanswered goals to go up 5-1.  West answered with a goal, and Costa once again responded by scoring two goals to end the first period up 7-2.

The Mustangs continued their prolific offense in the second period scoring 6 goals.  The last goal of the period came by way of a thread-the-needle assist from Charlie Durham to Lucas Brannan as the period ended to put the Mustangs up 13-3 at the half.

Ed Jeon opened the third period scoring from a great assist by Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky.  Jeon then responded on defense with back to back shot blocks.  Chase Williams continued the solid defensive play with a steal and fast break sprint to score with 4:20 left in the period.  West responded with a goal to make it 15-4 with 3:25 left.  Both teams went back and forth over the next 3 minutes with the Mustangs missing on several scoring opportunities.  Ed Jeon would end the drought by powering in a goal at the buzzer to put Costa up 16-4.

Like the 1st period, West opened the 4th period with a goal to make it 16-5.  Both teams played solid defense over the next three minutes and then Christian Thornton was able to find the net to put Costa up 17-5.  West came close to scoring again, but Anders Khaykin made a great save and found Charlie Durham on a breakaway.  Khaykin made a perfect pass to Durham who quickly scored after the catch to put the Mustangs up 18-5, which would be the final score.

Scoring leaders were: Chase Williams (4 goals / 2 assists), Finn Pardon (2 goals), Antonis Nahabed (2 goals), Dylan Linnell (2 goals), Christian Thornton (2 goals), Ed Jeon (2 goals), Brandon Lavinsky (1 goal / 4 assists), Charlie Durham (1 goal / 1 assist), Jack Allen (1 goal), Lucas Brannan (1 goal), Jack Heagy (1 assist).  GO MUSTANGS!


Mustangs Finish 4th at AFC Invite Tourney

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Mustangs faced Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) in the 3rd place game and used the game as an opportunity to substitute freely and gave some of the starters a chance to rest. The Mustangs held tough most of the way, but eventually lost 14-7. 

Costa placed 4th out of a field of 32 teams in one of the more prestigious water polo tournaments in Southern California.  Congrats to the entire team on a successful tournament!

The 6-2 Mustangs continue their schedule this week with a couple of away games as they face West Torrance (Wednesday 10/1, 3:00 pm @ Torrance Plunge), and Montebello (Thursday 10/2, 3:15 pm @ City of Commerce Aquatorium).

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs Lose Heartbreaker to Los Osos in AFC Semifinal

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mira Costa had not reached the AFC Invite Semifinal since 2006, and were now matched up against powerful Los Osos with a chance to reach the Championship game.  Los Osos led 3-2 after the 1st period, and took a 6-3 lead in the 2nd before Costa powered back to tie it at 6-6 before the first half ended.  In the 3rd period, Los Osos once again extended the margin to 3 at 10-7, but Jake Miller-Tolt powered in a last second goal to end the quarter down 2 at 10-8.  The Mustangs battled in the 4th period and eventually tied the game at 10-10 with 4:25 left in the game.  With :45 left in the contest and the game still knotted at 10-10, the Mustangs were called with a “questionable” ejection foul and were now in a 6 on 5 situation for the next 30 seconds of play.   Los Osos was able to capitalize and found the net with 24 seconds left in the game to go up 11-10, and eventually held on to win.


Mustangs Advance to AFC Invite Semifinal by Defeating Cerritos 13-7

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Mustang Varsity Boys Water Polo team defeated Cerritos High School 13-7 in another physical battle and advanvce to the AFC Invitational Semifinal at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex in Coronado, CA.  Mira Costa improves to 6-0 on the season and will play Los Osos this afternoon at 2 pm.  


Mustangs Defeat La Jolla 14-7 in Game 2 - Advance to Play Cerritos at AFC Invitational

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Mustang Varsity Boys Water Polo team defeated La Jolla High School 14-7 in a physical battle to advanvce at the AFC Invitational in San Diego, CA.  Costa improves to 5-0 on the season and will play Cerritos in game 3 today at 9 am, at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex in Coronado, CA.  


Mustangs Open AFC Invitational with 17-3 win over Bonita

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Mustang Varsity Boys Water Polo team opened play at the AFC Invitational in San Diego, CA with a convincing 17-3 win over Bonita.  Costa moves to 4-0 on the season and will play game 2 tonight at 8 pm (La Jolla High School-Coggan Family Aquatics Complex) against the La Jolla High vs Crespi-Carmelite winner.


#3 Mustangs Defeat Peninsula 9-5 To Remain Unbeaten In Bay League Play

(9/25/14)
The Mustangs hit the road on Thursday and moved to 3-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Bay League as they defeated a tough Palos Verdes Peninsula team at Peninsula.  Brandon Lavinsky (Sr.) led all scorers with 5 goals.  The Mustangs distributed the rest of the scoring as Chase Williams (Sr.), Christian Thornton (So.), Andrew Todd (Sr. Co-Captain), and Lucas Brannan (So.), scored 1 goal apiece.  Nick Dale was a palisade in goal with 10 saves and 4 goals against.

The Varsity boys will now head to San Diego for the prestigius AFC Invitational Water Polo Tournament, which runs from Friday (9/26) through Saturday (9/27).  The Mustangs open the tournament against Bonita (La Verne, CA) starting at 3:00 pm, at La Jolla High School's Coggan Family Family Aquatic Complex. Click here for the complete 2014 AFC Invitational Tournament Program. REMINDER! Meet at the MCHS ramp on 9/26 between 11:30AM and 12:00PM for Carpooling. 

The Junior Varsity boys will be participating in the Sagerstrom JV Tournament on Friday (9/26) and Saturday (9/27).  Their first game will be at 5:30 pm against San Juan Hills.  Be on deck at 4:30 pm.  All games will take place at Sagerstrom High School.

Go Mustangs!


Mira Costa Defeats Palos Verdes In Bay League Opener

By Lani Lapidus Zaun
(9/23/14)


The bleachers were awash with Mira Costa fans in green and Palos Verdes fans in red, but Christmas came early for the Mustangs on Tuesday with a hard fought 11-8 win against their key rivals.

Costa won the first sprint, but could not capitalize to score, and PV came out strong to lead 2-0 after just two minutes of play on goals by Michael Mackenbach and David Feingold. Costa responded with a goal by Jake Miller-Tolt, but Feingold scored again for PV and then Brandon Lavinsky scored for Costa, so the first quarter ended with PV up 3-2.

The Mustangs did what they had to do and came on strong in the second quarter. Captain Ed Jeon’s assist and Finn Pardon’s goal tied the game a minute into the second quarter and then Miller-Tolt’s assist to Jeon’s goal put Costa ahead by one. Miller-Tolt scored once more before Conor Granick and Mackenbach responded with a goal apiece for The Sea Kings.  Costa outscored PV in the quarter 4 goals to 2, and the half ended with Costa ahead 6-5.  

The second half started out slowly for the Mustangs when the first possession clock ran out and the ball got dumped in the corner, but with aggressive and smart play despite having already acquired two penalties, Miller-Tolt scored with 2:38 left, Jeon scored with 25 seconds left, and PV did not score at all in the third quarter, increasing the differential to 8-5 in Costa’s favor.

PV showed some strong defense in the fourth quarter but could not deliver what they needed on offense with only three goals that quarter, two scored by Mackenbach and one by Feingold.  Looking like PV might be coming back with 4:23 left, Mustang Captain Andrew Todd’s perfectly placed five meter penalty shot blew past PV goaltender Gabriel Feingold and then he followed that up almost immediately with a clutch goal with 3:46 left to play.  Pardon scored once more that quarter and the game ended with the Mustang win.

Mustang goalkeeper Nick Dale had 9 saves and PV goalkeeper Gabriel Feingold had 6 saves and one steal.

Click here for more game coverage from The Daily Breeze...

Next up, Bay League action at Peninsula tomorrow (9/25) @ 3 pm (V/JV/FS).

GO MUSTANGS!
(Photos Courtesy of Tracey Dale
)


Mustangs Open Season With Thrilling 9-8 Win over San Marcos!

(9/18/14)
The #7 ranked CIF SS DII Mustang Boys Water Polo team picked up where they left off from the 2013 CIF SS DIII Championship game by holding on for a thrilling 9-8 hard faught win over #3 ranked San Marcos (Santa Barbara).

Andrew Todd put the Mustangs up 1-0 midway through the first period, but San Marcos tied the game on a 5-meter penalty shot a minute later.  Jake Tolt scored with 1:55 left, and the first period ended with the Mustangs up 2-1.

The Mustangs found their groove in the 2nd period on both offense and defense.  Tolt put the Mustangs up 3-1, followed by Brandon Lavinsky (pictured above right in dark cap) scoring back to back goals to push the lead to 5-1.  Stellar defense and solid work in goal by Nick Dale allowed the Mustangs to close the half with what looked like a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Lavinsky opened the 3rd period with a quick goal at the 6 minute mark to push the lead to 6-1.  San Marcos countered with a goal to make it 6-2, their first goal since the 2:08 mark of the 1st period.  Ed Jeon answered with a goal to extend the Mustang lead to 7-2 at the 5:04 mark.  The Mustangs seemed to be in control of San Marcos both offensively and defensively at this point, but San Marcos made adjustments along with costly unforced Mustang turnovers and answered with 3 goals before the end of the 3rd period to cut the lead to 7-5. 

The Mustangs started off the 4th period hot.  Ed Jeon scored at the 6:10 mark to make it 8-5.  Lavinsky tallied his fourth goal of the game at 4:57 to put the Mustangs up 9-5. The two teams battled with physical play for the next two minutes.  A 5 meter penalty was called against the Mustangs at 4:42, which turned out to be a pivotal play.  With a 4 point lead and playing well, the penalty shot seemed inconsequential, but Nick Dale's tremendous save (pictured left) would turn out to be huge.  Over the next 3 minutes, San Marcos went on a tear and scored three goals to make it 9-8 with 1:20 left.  It was clear that the Mustang defense would need to tighten up to preserve the win.  Over the last minute of regulation, the Mustangs did just that and the game ended in Mira Costa's favor as Nick Dale pushed San Marcos' well defended last second shot to the right of the goal for the win... Just like the 2013 CIF Championship game!

Mira Costa team statistical leaders: Brandon Lavinsky (4 Goals / 1 Assist), Nick Dale (11 Saves including penalty shot block), Jake Tolt (2 Goals), Ed Jeon (2 Goals), Andrew Todd (1 Goal / 2 Assists), Christian Thornton (2 Assists), Chase Williams (1 Assist).

The Mustangs take their 1-0 record into the Bay League opener hosting rival Palos Verdes on Tuesday, September 23, at 3 pm (V/JV/FS).  See you on deck.

GO MUSTANGS!


2016 Swimming Results - Copy


2016 Combined Tryout Results
2016 Green and Gold, Meet Summary
2016 South, Meet Summary
2016 West, Meet Summary
2016 SBI
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
Paige Richardson––Diving
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. 
  


 

Mustangs Fall Short In CIF Semifinal As #1 Foothill Wins Thriller

On Wednesday, November 19, the Mustangs played top-seeded Foothill in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals.  The Mustangs proved to be a stiff test, but in the end, the Foothill Knights survived a late Mira Costa rally to earn a 10-9 victory at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.  The loss ended the Mustangs’ hopes of back-to-back section championships.  Mira Costa took home a Division 3 title a year ago. 

The Mustangs (25-8) were down 10-7 with less than three minutes left in the game. Goals by Jake Miller-Tolt and Finn Pardon brought Mira Costa within a goal with a minute left. A defensive stop gave the Mustangs an opportunity to tie with 44 seconds remaining.  The Knights’ defense stood tall, thanks in part to a questionable "ball under" call on the possession, and the Mustangs came away empty-handed.  “We drew up a play, and it didn’t work.” Mustangs coach Jon Reichardt said. “It shouldn’t have had to come down to that, but I thought the kids fought back and played a great game.” 

Leading scorers for the Mustangs were Miller-Tolt with four goals, and Pardon with two goals. Ed Jeon, Christian Thornton, and Todd each added one. Nick Dale finished with seven saves in goal.  Congratulations Mustangs on a fantastic season by going undefeated once again in the Bay League (8-0), and making it to the Final Four of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

Click here for the complete game coverage by The Daily Breeze. 


Mustangs Defeat San Clemente 10-7, Reach CIF D2 Semifinal!

11-15-14
The #4 Mustangs defeated San Clemente 10-7 today to advance to the CIF Div. 2 Semifinal next Wednesday at the William Wollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, CA.  The Mustangs will face Foothill at 6:30 pm.

The Mustangs continued their balanced offensive and defensive attack with Andrew Todd leading the way with 3 goals, followed by Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky (2 goals), Ed Jeon (2 goals), Jake Miller-Tolt (2 goals), and Finn Pardon (1 goal).  Goalkeeper Nick Wingspan Dale had several saves and helped hold the Tritons to only 7 goals.

Congrats Mustangs on making another return to Wollett.  Keep it going and best of luck Wednesday!

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs Defeat Corona Santiago 16-8, Advance to CIF Quarterfinal!

The #4 Mira Costa Mustangs advanced to the CIF SS Div 2 Quarterfinals with a complete effort against Corona Santiago.  All Varsity players were able to see action in the contest that displayed a balanced offensive attack and the best overall team defense of the season.

Andrew Todd (upper left) was a force on offense and proved that assists are equally as important as goals by threading four pin point passes that led to scores.  Todd also contributed two goals.  Jake Miller-Tolt (right) had another great all-around game with four goals, one assist, and three steals.  Other highlight performers were Ed Jeon (3 goals / 2 assists / 3 steals), Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky (2 goals / 2 assists / 3 steals), Finn Pardon (3 goals), Christian Thornton (1 goal / 1 assist / 2 steals), and Kurt Hoffman (1 goal).  Chase Williams did a commendable job on defense and helped to limit Santiago star, Jordan Blosser, to only three goals on 9 attempts.  Goalkeeper Nick "Wingspan" Dale (below) had a solid game with a whopping 19 saves and only 8 goals against. 

The Mustangs will now play San Clemente on Saturday, November 15, (at San Juan Hills High School Pool) for a 2:00 pm matchup with the Tritons, and a chance to advance to the semifinal round at the William Wollette Center in Irvine, CA next Wednesday.  The bus for Varsity (and any JV players who want to ride along) will leave Costa by 11:30 am.  Be there by 11:15 am.  All varsity athletes must ride the bus both ways.

Come support our team by wearing your green and gold and shaking your green and gold pom poms!!!! Don’t wear RED!!!  Let’s have a strong showing to cheer our boys on!

Let’s keep it going COSTA!!!!!  GO MUSTANGS!!!!
Photos Courtesy of Tracey Dale


2014 BWP Results & Game Schedule

Please click here for the updated and printable 2014 Boys Water Polo Game Schedule.  The 2014 game schedule is also listed below for quick reference.  Please note that the schedule in your directory is INCORRECT as it was printed before the revisions.  The updated 2014 game schedule is also listed on the website calendar.

  • Thursday 9/18 - (V/JV/FS) San Marcos @ Mira Costa (W 9-8)
  • Tuesday 9/23 - (V/JV/FS) Palos Verdes @ Mira Costa 3:00 pm (W 11-8)
  • Thursday 9/25 - (V/JV/FS) Peninsula @ Peninsula 3:00 pm (W 9-5)
  • Fri-Sat 9/26-9/27 - (V) AFC Invite - San Diego, CA
    • 9/26 Game 1 vs Bonita (W 17-3)
    • 9/26 Game 2 vs La Jolla High (W 14-7) 
    • 9/27 Game 3 vs Cerritos (W 13-7)
    • 9/27 Game 4 vs Los Osos (L 11-10)
    • 9/27 Game 5 vs Cathedral Catholic (L 14-7)
  • Fri-Sat 9/26-9/27 - Sagerstrom JV Tourney @ Sagerstrom High School  (Mustang JV Team wins Championship!)
  • Wednesdy 10/1 - (V/JV/FS) West @ Torrance Plunge 3:00 pm (W 18-5)
  • Thursday 10/2 - (V/JV) Montebello @ Commerce 3:15 pm (L 10-8)
  • Thursday 10/9 (V/JV/FS) Redondo @ Redondo HS (W 18-3)
  • Saturday 10/11 (V/JV/FS) La Canada @ Pasadena City College 3:30 pm (W 19-5)
  • Wednesday 10/15 (V/JV/FS) Palos Verdes @ Palos Verdes 3:00 pm (W 14-12)
  • Fri 10/17 (V) S. Bay Tourney: Long Beach Poly (W 13-6)
  • Fri 10/17 (V) S. Bay Tourney: Hoover (W 15-3)
  • Sat 10/18 - (V) S. Bay Tourney Quarterfinal: Santa Monica (W 13-4)
  • Sat 10/18 - (V) S. Bay Tourney Semifinal: Palos Verdes (W 13-8)
  • Sat 10/18 - (V) S. Bay Tourney Final: Montebello (W 10-9)
  • Tuesday 10/21 - (V/JV/FS) Peninsula @ Mira Costa 3:00 (W 10-4)
  • Thursday 10/23 - (V/FS) West @ Mira Costa 3:00 pm (W 22-1)
  • Fri-Sat 10/24-10/25 - (JV) Hank Vellenkamp Tourney
  • Fri-Sat 10/31-11/1 - (V) Steven Pal Tourney OC (Placed 5th out of 32 Team Field!)
    • Game 1 vs Serra (SD) (W 15-2)
    • Game 2 vs Riverside King (W 7-2)
    • Game 3 vs Claremont (L 10-7)
    • Game 4 vs Damien (W 11-6)
    • Game 5 vs San Marcos (W 8-7)
  • Monday 11/3 (FS/V/JV) Huntington Beach @ Huntington Beach 3:00 pm (L 18-7)
  • Tuesday 11/4 (V/JV/FS) Redondo @ Mira Costa 3:00 (W 12-2)
  • Wednesday 11/5 (FS/V/JV) Loyola @ Mira Costa 4:00 (L 11-5)
  • Friday 11/7 (V/JV) South Pasadena @ Mira Costa 3:15 (W 20-4)
  • Fri-Sat 11/7-11/8 - FS Tourney @ TBA
  • Thursday 11/13 - CIF Div. 2 Playoffs Santiago @ Mira Costa 3:30 pm (W 16-8)
  • Saturday 1/15 - CIF Quarterfinal vs San Clemente High 2:00 pm (@ San Juan Hills High School Pool) (W 10-7)
  • Wednesday 11/19 - CIF Semifinals vs #1 Foothill @ Woolett Center (L 10-9)

Mustangs Hang On, Sink Sea Kings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The 10-3 Mira Costa Boys Water Polo team had to withstand the Red Tide faithful and a furious second half rally by Palos Verdes to hold on for a critical 14-12 Bay League win.  The win essentially wraps up the 2014 Bay League crown as the Mustangs moved to 5-0 in the league... A crown Mira Costa did not want the Sea Kings to wear, or share!

Jake Miller-Tolt opened the scoring early in the first period on a nice feed from Andrew Todd.  Miller-Tolt answered again to put Costa up 2-0 less than a minute into the contest.  Ed Jeon scored unassisted at the 5:30 mark and Jack Allen made a perfect pass to Miller-Tolt as he delivered his hat trick at 4:17 to put Costa up 4-0.  Miller-Tolt showed he could do more than put the ball in the net as he fed Finn Pardon for a workmanlike goal at 3:26 to extend what seemed like a comfortable 5-0 lead with Costa in complete control. 

Palos Verdes was not going to be denied in front of their home crowd as Conor Granick put PV on the board with 2:29 left in the first.  Duncan McTavish added a second Sea King goal with :35 left to end the first period with a score of 5-2.

Mira Costa would find itself in a difficult situation to begin the second period as Sr. Co-Captain, Andrew Todd, was whistled with his 3rd ejection at 1:02 in the first, and was rolled for the game.  With Todd out for the game, and leading scorer Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky being double-teamed, it would require Costa to rely heavily on its remaining starters, and use its bench depth in order to prevail.

The second period scoring began with Jeon delivering to Christian Thornton to make it 6-2 Mustangs.  PV would answer with a George Frowling goal to make it 6-3.  Jeon found Pardon for another goal, followed by Thornton feeding red hot Miller-Tolt for a blistering shot to extend the Mustang lead to 8-3 to end the first half.  

Frowling opened the second half scoring for the Sea Kings followed by teammate David Feingold to cut the Costa lead down to 8-5.  Jeon answered on a power play goal from Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky's feed, followed by Miller-Tolt's 5th goal of the game to bring it back to a 5 point margin at 10-5.  Feingold found the net again for PV, and then Costa's much needed bench came through as Antonis Nahabed answered with back to back goals on feeds from "Ice Man" Lavinsky to extend the Costa lead to 12-6.  The Sea Kings would not quit as Frowling took a page from Nahabed and answered with back to back goals, closing the PV deficit to 4 to end the third period with a score of 12-8.

The Sea Kings continued their hot streak in the fourth period as McTavish scored, then Feingold, and then McTavish again, to cut the Costa lead to 12-11 with 4:49 to play.  The PV crowd was sensing a major upset, but Jeon would answer with a critical crowd quieting goal at 4:24 to put Costa up 13-11.  The Sea Kings would answer once again as Frowling scored with 3:50 left to make it a nail-biting 13-12 lead for Mira Costa. 

With the intensity of the game ramping to high levels and the PV home crowd screaming at the top of their lungs, it seemed to be the alarm clock the Mustangs needed as they woke up and began playing suffocating defense, much like the start of the first period.  As insurance, Jeon was able to put the ball in the net with 2:41 left to extend the much needed margin to 14-12.  The Mustangs continued with their tight pressing defense the rest of the way with Miller-Tolt making a critical steal to help secure the win.  Mustang Nation could now breathe a collective sigh of relief as this one almost got away. 

Scoring leaders for the Mustangs were Jake Miller-Tolt, who finished with a game high 5 goals and 5 assists, Ed Jeon (4 goals and 2 assists), Finn Pardon (2 Goals), Antonis Nahabed (2 goals), Christian Thornton (1 goal and 1 assist), Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky (3 assists).  Defensively, goalkeeper Nick "Wingspan" Dale had 10 saves.

Media Coverage of the game...

Next up for the Mustang Boys Water Polo Varsity and JV teams is the South Bay Invitational Tournament matchups this Friday, October 17th at MCHS. 

  • Varsity vs Long Beach Poly at 3:00 pm
  • JV team vs Montebello at 4 pm
  • Varsity vs Hoover at 5:00 pm
  • JV vs Millikan at 8 pm.

Saturday, October 18th games TBD.

GO MUSTANGS!


Mustangs Win 45th Annual Henry Stuart South Bay Invitational Title!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Mustangs continued their hot streak over the weekend by winning the 45th Annual Henry Stuart South Bay Invitational Tournament at Mira Costa to improve to 15-3 on the season.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mira Costa 13 / Long Beach Poly 6
The Mustangs opened the tournament on Friday, October 17th by defeating Long Beach Poly 13-6.  Costa was led in scoring by Brandon “”Ice Man” Lavinsky (3 goals / 3 assists), and Andrew Todd (3 goals / 1 assist).  Chase Williams, Christian Thornton, Ed Jeon, Lucas Brannan, Jake “The Machine” Miller-Tolt, and Dylan Linnel, each had one goal.  Goalkeeper Adam Zaun had seven saves in the win.

Mira Costa 15 / Hoover 3
The second game of the night was a matchup against Hoover.  Costa jumped out early and never looked back en route to a 15-3 win.  Leading scorers were Thornton (4 goals / 2 assists), Miller-Tolt (4 goals), Lavinsky (2goals / 2 assists).  Williams, Antonis Nahabed, Ben Manclark, and Finn Pardon each had one goal.  Goalkeeper Anders Khaykin made 4 saves and held Hoover to only 3 goals in the win.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mira Costa 13 / Santa Monica 4
In Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup, Costa defeated Santa Monica 13-4.  Lavinsky went on an offensive tear from the start and finished with 6 goals along with 3 assists.  Andrew Todd had a strong overall game by scoring two goals, while dishing out five assists.  Todd also had a game high four steals.  Kurt Hoffman was strong in set and scored two goals.  Thornton, Jeon, and Jack Allen each scored one goal.  Goalkeeper Nick Dale returned to action and had 7 saves and only surrendered 4 goals in the win.

Mira Costa 13 / Palos Verdes 8
The semifinal would match the Mustangs up with an all too familiar foe, Palos Verdes.  Ironically enough, the last time Mira Costa lost to Palos Verdes, (conference or tournament game), was in the 2012 Henry Stuart South Bay Invitational.  With Costa’s head to head winning streak on the line, they were not going to be denied and defeated a competitive Palos Verdes team 13-8.  Miller-Tolt led the way with four goals and three assists, followed by Jeon with three goals and two assists.  Lavinsky and Thornton added two goals and dished out three assists each.  Todd and Pardon each scored one goal.  Dale was outstanding in goal with 10 saves in the win.

Mira Costa 10 / Montebello 9
The Mustangs were now riding a seven game winning streak that started after their loss to gritty Montebello on October 2nd at the Brenda Villa Aquatics Center in Commerce, CA.  It was fitting that Costa would face the #1 seeded Oilers in the championship game to keep their streak alive, and to also try to avenge the painful loss in Commerce.

Kurt Hoffman put the Mustangs on the board just 29 seconds into the contest with a workmanlike goal in set.  Montebello would soon answer on a power play goal by Diego Diaz to tie it at 1-1. Ed Jeon scored unassisted a minute later to give Costa a 2-1 edge.  Montebello’s Diaz scored again to tie it at 2-2.  Miller-Tolt scored giving Costa a 3-2 edge with 3:04 left in the first period.  Montebello utilized its physical play and fed Joseph Ojeda in set who found the net to end the first 3-3.

Mario Moran won the 2nd period sprint and made Costa pay to go up 4-3, giving the Oilers their first lead of the game.  Costa stepped up their physical play and drew an ejection on Ojeda.  Miller-Tolt took advantage of the power play opportunity and scored to tie it at 4-4.  Montebello answered with a goal from Daniel Areliano on their next possession to take a 5-4 lead with 5:08 left in the period.  The Mustangs were able to draw another ejection and Miller-Tolt took advantage of the power play again to make it 5-5.  Finn Pardon was matching Montebello’s physical style in set and Chase Williams found him for a blind shot on goal to give Costa a 6-5 lead.  After four scoreless minutes, Carlos Heridia scored to tie it at 6-6 with 41 seconds left in the period.  Miller–Tolt scored with 29 seconds left and Costa would hold to end the half leading 7-6.

The Mustangs took advantage of their first possession of the 3rd period as Pardon slammed it in with another workmanlike goal for an 8-6 lead.  The physical first half was taking a toll in the third period as both teams grinded out each possession.  Montebello was able to break the drought as Salvador Orozco scored to end the 3rd period with the Mustangs clinging to an 8-7 lead.

Coach Reichardt has always preached the importance of stamina and being in better shape than your opponent.  It paid off in the 4th period.  Montebello won the 4th period sprint and tried to press for a score, but failed.  This enabled Jeon to sprint off for a counter as Dale made a perfect pass leading to a one-on-one goal against Montebello goalkeeper, Ian Hernandez, for a 9-7 Costa cushion.  Costa was able to feed Pardon again in set for another score to extend the lead to 10-7 with 5:45 to play.  The three point margin wouldn't last as the Mustangs were whistled with an ejection at 4:24 and Montebello quickly took advantage with a goal by Mario Moran to make it 10-8 with 4:15 left.  

Over the final 2 minutes, Jeon, Miller-Tolt, and Dale came up with spectacular defensive plays.  Dale made several point-blank blocks and disruptions, Miller-Tolt a key steal, and Jeon made a remarkable field block to thwart Montebello scoring opportunities.

Orozco tacked on Montebello’s last goal with 14 seconds left to cut the margin to 10-9.  There was little Montebello could do from that point as the Mustang’s spread the pool to preserve a huge win and take home the 45th Annual Henry Stuart South Bay Invitational Tournament Championship.  Mira Costa’s Jake Miller-Tolt was voted tournament MVP.

Leaders for Mira Costa were Jake Miller-Tolt (4 goals and 6 steals), Finn Pardon (3 goals), Ed Jeon (2 goals, 1 assist, 3 steals), Kurt Hoffman (1 goal), Brandon Lavinsky (4 assists and 2 steals), and Chase Williams (2 assists).  Goalkeeper, Nick Dale finished with 8 saves for the win.

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs Defeat Peninsula 10-4 To Clinch Bay League Title

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Mira Costa Boys water polo team clinched at least a tie for the Bay League title with the win over Peninsula yesterday.  The Mustangs are now 16-3 overall and remain undefeated in Bay League Play at 6-0.  The boys will try to extend their undefeated Bay League streak when they host West Torrance tomorrow (10/23) at 3 pm.

Jake "The Machine" Miller-Tolt (top left) picked up where he left off from his Henry Stuart MVP performance by opening the scoring on Costa's first possesion.  Miller-Tolt then found Brandon "Ice Man" Lavinsky to make it 2-0 Costa.  Co-Captain Andrew Todd (below right) was back in action and scored on a great pass from Chase Williams.  Todd scored again from a Jack Allen assist, and followed that up with an assist of his own to Miller-Tolt to complete the first period with Costa up 5-0.

The second quarter opened with Dylan Linnell finding Lavinsky for the score, but the Mustangs would go stone cold on offense from there.  Peninsula was able to tack on two goals and the 2nd period ended with Costa only holding a 6-2 lead.

Coach Reichardt must have delivered a solid defensive game plan during halftime as the Mustangs shut out Peninsula in the 3rd period.  The Mustang offense picked up with Todd garnering two more goals, and Allen fed Lucas Brannan to give the Mustangs a comfortable 9-2 edge to end the 3rd.

Peninsula would find the net early in the 4th, but Allen found Brannan again to make it 9-3 with 1:05 remaining in the contest.  Peninsula would add one more goal with 45 seconds to play for the final 10-4 score.

The Mustangs were led on offense by Andrew Todd (4 goals / 1 assist), Jake Miller-Tolt (2 goals / 2 assists), Brandon Lavinsky (2 goals / 2 assists), Jack Allen (1 goal / 2 assists), Lucas Brannan (1 goal), and Dylan Linnell (1 assist).  Goalkeeper Nick Dale (left) had 6 saves in the win.

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs Defeat West Torrance To Win Bay League Outright

October 23, 2014
Nicholas Vu helped lead the Mustangs to a commanding 22-1 win over West Torrance and clinch the outright Bay League Championship.  Vu finished with a game high 4 goals along with 2 assists to lead the Mustangs (17-3 overall, 7-0 Bay League) on offense.  Ten others scored for the Mustangs.  Injured star, Gage Stroman, was able to see action for the first time this season and scored 3 goals.  Andrew Todd had 3 goals and 3 assists, followed by Lucas Brannan (2 goals / 2 assists), Brandon "Ice Man"Lavinsky (2 goals / 2 assists), Jake Miller-Tolt (2 goals / 2 assists), Antonis Nahabed (2 goals), and Charlie Durham, Chase Williams, Dylan Linnel, and Cole Horton finished with one goal each.

Goalkeepers Anders Khaykin and Adam Zaun split time between the pipes.  Khayin finished with 3 saves and 1 goal against in the first half, and Zaun finished with 5 saves and a shutout in the second half.

Congratulations Bay League Champion Mustangs!


2014 BWP Score Sheets

10/21/14 vs Peninsula