2017-05-19 / Sports

Swimming and winning

SWIMMING & DIVING /// CIF-Southern Section championships Magnani battles at section swim meet for Musketeers
By Jonathan Andrade

FAST LANE—Moorpark High junior Cecilia Magnani competed in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last week. Courtesy of Michelle Magnani FAST LANE—Moorpark High junior Cecilia Magnani competed in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last week. Courtesy of Michelle Magnani They came. They swam. They conquered.

Local prep swimmers fared their best against the best at the CIF-Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last week at the Riverside Aquatic Complex.

Westlake, the preeminent program in Ventura County, flexed its muscles when the boys’ squad captured sixth place in Division 2 with 148 points. The Warrior girls’ snared 11th with 108 points.

“I think we’ve done really well with all that my team has gone through this year,” Westlake head coach Shannon Breese said of the Warriors, who mourned the death of teammate Brendan Zitting in April.

“ We came together and proved, once again, that we still really are the dominant team out here, no matter what anybody says.”

Boys’ and girls’ squads at Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo also had solid showings in Division 2 this postseason. Rio Mesa, Viewpoint and La Reina battled in Division 3.

Grace Brethren siblings Tobias Hynes, a senior, and Anabelle Hynes, a sophomore, thrived in Division 4.


Moorpark had two swimmers earn spots at the CIF finals, but only Cecilia Magnani made the trip.

Andre Galvez, a standout for the boys’ water polo squad, also earned qualifying times but decided to attend prom instead.

Magnani, the younger sister of Moorpark distance running legend Michelle Magnani, looked to make a name for herself in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

The junior finished in the top-30 in both events but needed to be in the top-18 to reach the second day.

“Her times are better than last year,” head coach Peter Daland said. “She had personal bests in both of her main events. I think that gives her confidence moving forward.”

Magnani trains with Conejo Simi Swim Club during the offseason.

“She’ll try to train hard to train for potential college recruitment,” Daland said of Magnani. “I think she’ll do great next year.”


The Warriors delivered at the biggest meet of the season to date.

Westlake swimmers Elena England, Reyna James, Sarah Clarke, Caitlin Ryan, Karly Gonzalez, Jeremy Marcin, Joao Casaca, Daniel Hayon and Cooper Fuchs extended their postseason run by qualifying for the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.

England, who will swim at UC Santa Barbara next year, teamed up with James, Clarke and Ryan to take seventh place in the girls’ 200 medley relay at the section meet in 1 minute, 48.63 seconds. England, Gonzalez, Clarke and Ryan took ninth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.63).

England earned state consideration times in the 100 freestyle (51.95) and 100 backstroke (56.29), finishing sixth in both races. Ryan took ninth in the 50 freestyle.

Marcin, Casaca, Hayon and Fuchs clocked a 3:09.48 in the boys’ 400 freestyle relay for fifth place last weekend.

Fuchs snared fifth in the 50 freestyle (21.37) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (47.35).

Kyle Daniels and Andy Xia helped Fuchs and Casaca place seventh (1:37.22) in the 200 medley relay. Hayon, a Claremont McKenna College commit, captured sixth in the 100 freestyle.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Hayon, Casaca, Marcin and Jordan Ellis took eighth (1:27.82).


Jason Lu used the big stage to push himself to new heights.

The Newbury Park junior set school records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.36) and 100 backstroke (52.35) to place seventh and 11th, respectively, at CIF finals.

“Competition was tough this year,” he said. “I was a second faster than last year. It shows the competition really stepped up this year. Everybody was swimming really well.”

Lu, who’s considering swimming at UCSB or Pomona College, said he was disappointed he didn’t lower his times more, but he’s looking forward to coming back stronger for his senior year with the Black Cat Attack.

“I’m hoping next year our team will get more people in,” he said. “I definitely want to get a top-three finish in one event and maybe a junior national cut.

Victoria Dzieciol, Holly Maine, Abby Gulbranson and Sarah Proctor represented the girls’ side in the 200 freestyle relay. They touched the wall in 1:41.29, good for 13th.

“This CIF was a really good learning experience,” Lu said. “It showed me I still have a lot of work to do. I have to stay hungry. There’s a lot of fast people out there. I just have to train to catch up to them.”


Grace Brethren’s dynamic siblings, junior Tobias Hynes and his sister Anabelle, a sophomore, impressed coaches at the Division 4 meet.

Tobias Hynes won the 50 freestyle title in 21.60 and placed third in the 100 freestyle (47.94).

Anabelle Hynes raced in 200 IM and 100 butterfly consolation finals, finishing 14th and 17th place, respectively.


Rio Mesa’s girls displayed their strength in Division 3. The Spartan girls took fourth place in the team standings.

Freshman Teagan Monroe snagged a pair of gold medals in the 100 butterfly (55.07) and 100 backstroke (55.75). Both times earned her automatic spots at the state meet.

Monroe also helped teammates Magie Le, Alyssa Hill and Malainy Lyskin earn a state consideration time of 1:49.78 in the 200 medley relay, good enough for second place.

Nikki Ozawa joined Monroe, Le and Lyskin for bronze in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.67).

Le took fourth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 100 individual medley. Lyskin won the 50 freestyle consolation sprint.

Josh Monroe powered his way to sixth in the 100 butterfly (52.06) and seventh in the 100 backstroke finals (52.88 seconds). Both marks are consideration times for the state meet.

Dante Escobar, a freshman, finished in 17th place in the 200 freestyle.


Camarillo managed to find success in Division 2 after competing in Division 3 last season.

“We were up against much, much stiffer competition than in years past,” head coach Tim Hedrick said.

The Scorpions rose to the occasion by breaking two school relay records while snaring 25 points to finish in 31st place as a team.

Harrison Mello, Spencer Allen, Nicholas Dykstra and Michael Rodriguez teamed up to place 15th in 200 medley relay, setting a school record in 1:38.67.

The boys joined forces to break the old 400 freestyle relay record of 3:15, twice. The Scorpions swam a 3:14 during the prelims, and closed with a 3:13.40 at finals, good enough for 11th place.

“Our swimmers did well,” Hedrick said. “They were at or under their best times all the way through. They stepped up and did really well. I couldn’t be happier with how they did.”


Julia Jackson placed 18th in the Division 2 girls’ diving finals.

Fellow Lancers Andre Laserna, Stephen Blaauw, Josh Magpantay and Tristan Crongeyer placed 15th in the boys’ 400 freestyle relay (3:15.83).

Laserna won the consolation 100 freestyle title in 47.47. Blaauw placed 16th in the 500 freestyle (4:45.10).


Bridget Aamoth and Alanah Hahn, both juniors, reached the final day of the Division 3 meet.

Aamoth took 12th in the 500 freestyle while Hahn placed 18th in the 200 freestyle.


Timothy Nguyen won the boys’ 50 freestyle consolation title with a state consideration time of 21.56 in Division 2.

Fellow Charger Reid Shorten placed 17th in the 500 freestyle (4:45.73).


The Patriots entered the Division 3 postseason as a team to watch, and they didn’t disappoint.

“We did a lot better than our expectations,” head coach Greg Bisheff said.

“Our boys crushed it.”

Viewpoint’s boys earned a fifth-place finish while the girls took 12th in the team standings.

Patriot boys Vincent Finello, Mick Leonard, Jake Jepson and Thomas Finello took home gold while shattering a school record in the 200 medley relay by three seconds, touching the wall in 1:35.48.

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