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Islander Girls Swim Team Finishes In Second Place In City Conference Meet

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 3:53 pm

Islander Swimming Head Coach Paul Folts was decidedly upbeat about the Boys and Girls Swim Teams’ collective effort in the City Conference meet last week. A total of 14 Girls qualified for the CIF San Diego Section Finals this week, along with nine Boys. In addition, the Girls placed second behind Cathedral Catholic, out of the 18 schools which competed. “The kids worked hard to pull it off,” Folts said. “It was a nice, pleasant surprise.”

The Islander Girls 200 Medley Relay Team, which included Ashley Arnas swimming backstroke, Samantha McNall swimming breaststroke, Abby Sylvester on butterfly and Michelle Croteau swimming the anchor freestyle leg, set a Conference record in the event. “They are seeded No. 3 going into the CIF Finals,” Folts explained. “And our 400 free relay of Sylvester, Jaden Rhea, Arnas and McNall finished it out. McNall swam a 52 second leg to anchor the relay. She won the 100 breaststroke just before the relay and surprised everyone with her freestyle leg. She broke her own meet record in the breast in 1:04.13. We also had Dani Croteau step up in the 50 free. She was seeded No. 7 and swam in lane No. 1. She came back to win the 50 free in 25.11. That was fun to watch for sure.”

In addition, McNall finished second in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:08.7 with Arnas finishing right behind her in third place in 2:11.42. “Arnas is a freshman,” Folts said. “She is going to be really good. She also finished second in the 100 backstroke in 59.3. Rhea finished third in the 100 free in 55.67. All of the first three swimmers in the 100 free finished within half a second of each other.”

As for the Guys, the relay teams did well and dropped a lot of time. Folts added, “Grant Hawthorne did well in the 200 IM and the breast. He was seeded in the Consolation Finals in the IM, was moved into the Final and got fifth place. He went from ninth to fifth place in one race, which was great for him. Hawthorne also dropped a couple of seconds off his 100 breast time. He won the Consolation Final and his time would have put him in seventh place overall. Josef Schuller is a swimmer who works hard at everything. He made the Consolation Finals in the 100 back and dropped 2.5 seconds off his best time to finish 13th overall. Our 200 free relay of Carlos Morales, Tommy Maher, Bartell and Alberto Garza dropped some time. Garza made it into the Finals in the 50 free and swam a 22.83. He also swam a 51.05 in the 100 free and he wants to break 51 seconds at the CIFs. Nathan Downes won the Consolation Final in the 100 fly after being seeded fifth. He nailed it and couldn’t have competed any better. Dylan Thoroman was struggling with his 500 free earlier in the season and was seeded 16th in the 500 free. He had his best swim all season and dropped 11 seconds off his previous best time. That is a good sign for this week.”

The CIF Prelims are Wednesday at the Del Norte High School Pool, with the Finals scheduled for Saturday. Folts handicapped the races and said, “Sam McNall should contend in the breast and the IM. The Girls Medley Relay did so well at the Conference Meet, that I think they have a shot to finish in the top three. They may make it to State for the relay.”

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