City Conference Swim Meet ...

Islander Swim Team member Kort Grossmann and his teammates are closing in on the City Conference Swim Meet, which will be held next week. The event serves as an important qualifying meet in advance of the CIF Finals, which will be held in two weeks.

An indication that the regular season in some of the spring sports is rapidly drawing to a close, the Islander Boys and Girls Swim Teams celebrated their Senior Night last week when they swam at home against Cathedral Catholic. “We have 17 seniors,” Islander Head Coach Paul Folts said. “That’s about one-third of our team. Cathedral beat us on both sides of the meet. We had a couple of our best Girls get sick and missed the meet, which didn’t help. Michelle Croteau swam the 200 free, the 100 fly and she was awesome. Michelle has become someone I can throw in just about anywhere and she will dominate. Kate Kennedy set a personal record in the 500 free from out of nowhere. She went out hard, raced hard and held on. She swam a 5:51 and dropped four seconds off her previous best time. She is pretty confident, and she will have a couple of additional opportunities to drop her time.”

Folts added, “We’re working on getting our relays dialed in for the City Conference Championship. Our 200 medley relay is strong with Ashley Arnas on the backstroke, Samantha McNall swimming breaststroke, Abby Sylvester on the fly and Jaden Rhea stepped up to swim the anchor freestyle leg. They dropped their best time down and Jaden had a solid meet.”

Over to the Boys and Folts said, “Alberto Garza dominated the 50 and 100 free. He dropped his times considerably in both events and it will be interesting to see where he is after a rest period this week. Carlos Morales had a good 100 free and he was up there with Garza. Cathedral had some fast guys, and the competition definitely helped. Peter Olson swam the 500 free and dropped eight seconds from his best time. He’s right on the edge of a CIF consideration time and he should drop some additional time after the rest week. Josef Schuller looked strong in his 100 backstroke and has a CIF consideration time. Harrison Bartell is looking really good. He has a CIF qualifying time in the 100 free and wants to get one in the 50. He needs a little fine tuning, but the speed is there.”

As for the relays, Folts said, “Our best relay was the 4x100 with Garza, Morales, Bartell and Grant Hawthorne swimming the anchor leg. They are our top freestylers and they swam a 3:30.3. They could drop into the 3:20’s if they taper really well. We have a dual meet Wednesday vs. Bishop’s, which is another fun one. We’re not totally dialed in on the roster and we need to get people into the City Conference Championships next week so we can qualify as many people for the CIFs as we can.”

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