Swimming Records




New CIF meet records, Mira Costa team records, and All-American cuts abound as Mira Costa Varsity swimmers make one of their strongest CIF showings in history! CIF-SS Division 2 competition took place last week with prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday. Costa sent 17 swimmers this year, qualifying three relays on both the men’s and women’s teams. Junior Alex Crisera set two new Div 2 records in the 100 back (52.87) and 50 free (22.59, leading off the 4x50 freestyle relay) during prelims! At finals, she placed 1st in the 100 free (48.92, only .05 seconds off of breaking her own meet record of 48.87 set last year) and took 2nd place in the 100 back. Crisera’s 100 back and 50/100 free times are All-American automatic cuts and her 100 back and 50 free relay lead-off are new Costa records as well!

Junior Kai Bathurst placed 2nd in the 200 free (1:38.83, narrowly missing 1st place by .15 seconds!) and came in 6th in the 100 free (46.38). His 200 free is an All-American consideration cut and both the 200 and 100 set new school records! Senior Andrew White had an excellent final CIF showing placing 4th in the 100 fly (50.71) and 6th in the 100 back (50.92, new Costa record!). Junior Colin Le continued his sprint freestyle prowess tying for 2nd in the 50 freestyle (21.15, just .19 out of 1st place!) and placing 11th in the 100 backstroke. Le broke his own 50 free school record!

The boys’ 200 freestyle relay placed 1st in an All-American time of 1:24.77! Le led off with a 21.34, followed by Senior Jack Kittay (21.55), White (21.13), and Bathurst anchored with a 20.75 split! They entered the meet as the #7 seed and dropped over 3 seconds between prelims and finals! The boys’ 400 free relay, this time led by Kittay, then Le, White, and Bathurst, placed 5th with an All-American consideration time of 3:08.34, dropping 4 seconds from their 7th place seed time. Both relays set new Costa records as well!

The girls’ 200 free relay placed 2nd with a time of 1:36.55 (slightly slower than their prelim time of 1:36.44) and earned an All-American consideration cut! The girls dropped over 2 seconds from their 4th place seed time of 1:38.69. Crisera led off with a 22.81, followed by Sophomore Leigh Lyter (24.71), Senior Mona Stone (24.83), and Junior Riley Farrell anchored in a split of 24.20. The girls’ 200 medley relay placed 8th (1:48.93), dropping over a second from their 10th place seed time. Junior Grace Barnhill swam backstroke (28.98), Farrell breaststroke (31.66), Stone butterfly (25.98), and Crisera freestyle (22.31). Both relays also set new school records! These swimmers also qualified for the CA State Championship meet this weekend in Clovis, which Costa will not attend. Congratulations to all swimmers and coaches on an incredibly fast, record-setting season!

Jacob Haim, Sophomore competed in the CIF Division 2 Dive Meet on Monday, May 7th at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. He placed 3rd in D2 which qualified him for the finals on Saturday, May 12th. Jacob again placed 3rd amongst the top 12 boys across all four divisions and secured himself a spot at the State Championship. Jacob is Mira Costa’s first diver ever to make it to the State competition. He will be headed to Fresno this week and will compete on Friday, May 18th.

Good luck Jacob and Go Costa!!!



Varsity swimmers finished the season with a HUGE splash last week by setting five new Bay League records at the Championship meet! Varsity men and women came in second place behind Peninsula, with Redondo finishing third and Palos Verdes taking fourth. Junior Alex Crisera started things off in the 200 freestyle by breaking a 2016 record held by Peninsula by 3 seconds with her time of 1:49.22. She later broke a 2015 record held by Pen by 2 seconds in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.55. Junior Kai Bathurst was also on fire breaking a 2011 200 freestyle record held by Palos Verdes with his time of 1:41.04.

The men’s Varsity team also set two new records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The 200 free team of Colin Le, Andrew White, Jack Kittay, and Kai Bathurst came in 1st place with a time of 1:27.99, breaking a 9 year old record also held by Mira Costa! The same Fab Four, this time swimming with Bathurst as the lead, then Kittay, Le, and White as the anchor, finished the meet by breaking a 2011 record held by PV in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:12.35. Both relays are seeded in 7th place at CIF-SS D2 this Friday - good luck boys!

The women’s Varsity team just missed setting two new league records of their own in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. The 200 medley team of Grace Barnhill (back), Riley Farrell (breast), Mona Stone (fly), and Alex Crisera (free) came in first place with a time of 1:50.10, missing the record held by PV by half a second. The 200 freestyle team of Crisera, Leigh Lyter, Barnhill, and Farrell came even closer, missing the record set just last year by Redondo by only .12 seconds with a time of 1:38.69! The 200 medley relay is seeded in 10th place at CIF and the 200 free relay is looking good in the 4th spot! Good luck on Friday girls!

Junior Colin Le had the swim of the meet in the 50 freestyle, coming from a third place prelims finish to take 1st place at finals with a lightening fast 21.35! Colin broke his own Costa record set earlier this season (21.54) and just missed setting a new league record by .20! This swim earned Colin the #2 seed at CIF! Excellent swim Colin! Senior Andrew White won the 100 fly and 100 back and is seeded 7th and 8th, respectively, in these events at CIF.

Junior Sean Keegan had a breakthrough meet going under the 5 minute mark in his 500 free with an incredible 8 second drop for a 4:51.98 and a 2nd place finish! He also broke 1:50 in his 200 free with a 1:49.16 and came in 3rd place. Both swims earned him CIF consideration cuts! Mona Stone tied for 2nd place in the 100 free and took 3rd in the 50 free. Kai Bathurst placed 2nd in the 50 free. Riley Farrell came in 2nd in the 100 fly and swam a season best 100 breast to take 3rd place. Jack Kittay came in 2nd in the 100 free. Colin Le took 2nd in the 100 back. Shout out to Elle Gebhardt who broke the minute barrier in her 100 free with a 59.75 and to Gavin Kolodziej who dropped 6 seconds in his 500 free - awesome job Elle and Gavin!

In Frosh/Soph action, congratulations to the women’s team for winning 1st place with 124 points! They beat Redondo, who finished second, PV who came in 3rd, and Pen who was 4th. The men’s Frosh/Soph team finished in 4th place behind Pen, Redondo, and PV. Congratulations to Dylan Read who came in 1st in the 100 IM and to Tony Cascadden who took 1st in the 50 free! Cascadden also took 3rd place in the 100 free. Alexia Pepemehmetoglu and Collin Tournat both finished 3rd in the 50 free. Karli Wallace came in 3rd in the 50 fly. Mia O’Brien took 3rd in the 50 back. And, last but not least, Shriya Pillan came in 3rd in the 50 breast. Shout out to Andrew Cormack who dropped 4 seconds in his 100 breast between prelims and finals and to Lillian May who dropped 6 seconds in her 200 free - way to go Andrew and Lillian!

Congratulations to all swimmers on an amazing, fun, and spirited season!

CIF action for Divison 2 begins with prelims this Friday 5/11 at 9am and finals Saturday 5/12 at 11am in Riverside. In addition to those mentioned above, the following swimmers qualified in individual events:

Alex Crisera - 100 free (2nd seed), 100 back (2nd seed) Kai Bathurst - 200 free (8th seed), 100 free (7th seed) Riley Farrell - 200 IM (13th seed), 100 fly
Jack Kittay - 50 free, 100 free

Colin Le - 100 back (13th seed) Roger Brown - 100 back
Mona Stone - 50 free alternate Sean Keegan - 500 free alternate Grace Barnhill - 100 back alternate

Best of luck to our CIF swimmers! GO MUSTANGS!!! 




We are busy planning the end-of-year banquet. Mark your calendar for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30th, 6 pm at the Portofino Hotel in RB. Attached is the FLYER with RSVP form. Please print it out, fill it out, and send it in with your check payable to MBX Foundation. Please put the swimmer's name & "Swim Banquet" in the memo.
The cost to attend is $45 per person until May 4th, after that it increases to $50 pp.
Seniors are free but still need to RSVP!!!
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
Hotel parking charge is $10, so consider carpooling. 
We will also need help with setup and check in. You can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4fafaf292-swim1