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Senior Samantha McNall Advances To State Swim Meet

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 10:53 am

On one level, the news from the CIF Division II Swim Finals was a little lean for the Islander Swim Team but did include senior Samantha McNall advancing to the California State Meet this weekend in her specialty, the 100 breaststroke. Islander Head Coach Paul Folts commented, “Sam took second in the Finals with a time of 1:03.92, which is the first time she had broken 1:04. She made the automatic cut for State with that time. Hopefully she can go a little quicker. If she does a ‘best time,’ she might advance to one of the Finals at the State Meet. Between the second place qualifier and where Sam is, there is a difference of just 2.5 seconds among the whole field. The California State Meet is one of the top swimming meets in the country.”

On the other side of the coin, according to Folts, “The team as a whole swam great. Pretty much everyone dropped time in something or were close to their top time. As a team, I am really stoked with how well everyone performed. The relays stepped up and performed Saturday. It was a long two weeks with lots of racing. Maintaining a peak performance level for two weeks is really tough. We raced well to finish the season out.”

Freshman Ashley Arnas had a fine meet, particularly in the Prelims. Folts said, “She had her season-best in the 100 back with a time of 59.18 and she had a 2:09.3 in the 200 Individual Medley. She made the Finals in both events, which is great for a freshman. Then Dani Croteau had to step up big time. She swam the 200 free and stepped in to swim on the 400 Free Relay and had a good showing. She made the Finals in the 50 free with her second-fastest time to take eighth place. She made the Consolation Finals in the 100 free and won that by dropping 2.5 seconds on her 100 free time in the Final. She swam 55.28 in that race.”

Other swimmers with good results included senior Abby Sylvester, who swam the 50 and 100 free. “She got into the Consolation Finals in the 50 free and finished 10th,” Folts added. “She made the Finals in the 100 free and finished sixth in that. She stepped up for her last two individual events.”

On the Boys side, Alberto Garza did well, and Folts detailed his performance. “He didn’t make any Finals for the individual events, but Garza dropped his time in the 100 free to 50.55 and he was excited about that. He swam a really awesome race in the Boys 200 Free Relay, and they won the Consolation Finals in that event. Garza swam a 21.8 in the anchor leg to help them win. He wanted to get under 21 seconds all season and he did it in his last 50. The Boys also won the Consolation Finals in the 400 Free Relay and dropped some time in that event. The two relays did really well.”

Senior Dylan Thoroman swam the 500 free and according to Folts, started to find his stroke and clicked two weeks ago. “At the City Conference meet, he swam a 5:09 in the Prelims and snuck into the Consolation Finals. He dropped a little more time at the CIFs, down to 5:07.54. It was cool to see him find his groove to round out the season. He stepped up when it counted the most and I’m happy with how he swam as a senior at his last CIF Finals.”

This weekend McNall and Folts are scheduled to drive Thursday to Clovis West High School in Fresno for the Friday afternoon State Prelims. The Finals are Saturday. “We’ve got to get Sam prepped over the next three days for the State Finals,’ Folts said.

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