Two swimmers from Arroyo Grande High won CIF-Southern Section Masters championships Tuesday night at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, finishing their seasons on top of a region encompassing nearly 600 schools.
Zach Stevens, a freshman for the Eagles, won the boys 100-yard breaststroke title in 56.78 seconds, while teammate Mia Schachter, a junior, captured the girls 100 breaststroke crown in 1:04.39.
There’s no overall state championship meet following the Masters level, as in track and field and wrestling, respectively.
“Considering Southern California is the most difficult section in the entire country, it could be considered the fastest meet in the country for high schools,” Arroyo Grande boys coach Chris Stehula said.
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Stevens, who entered his high school career with a considerable list of national records and accomplishments to his name at the youth level, edged rival Young Tae Seo, a sophomore from Crescenta Valley, by 0.15 seconds.
Not to be outdone, Schachter also added a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in a season-best 56.16.
“We had some outstanding swims today,” Eagles girls coach Claudia Souder said.
Atascadero’s Dustin Bolt placed third in the boys 500 freestyle at 4:34.97 and placed ninth in the 200 freestyle in 1:43.99.
Two other locals joined Schachter in the girls 100 breaststroke finals: Morro Bay’s Kendall Swanson (who was 10th at 1:05.48) and Eagles teammate Katie Sverchek (15th, 1:08.11). Swanson also competed in the 100 butterfly, finishing ninth in 58.41.
In the relays, Arroyo Grande finished third in both the girls 400 freestyle (in 3:38.8) and 200 medley (1:51.99) and seventh in the boys 400 freestyle (3:15.56).
The boys 400 freestyle relay time was helped by an impressive 47.6-second anchoring split by Peter Malouf.
La Reina 4, Atascadero 2
The season came to an end for the Greyhounds (17-13) in the wild-card round of the Southern Section Division 3 playoffs in Thousand Oaks.
Jessie Hufstetler went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Atascadero. Hufstetler, a junior, finished the year with an area-leading 48 RBI.
Ashlee Reusche drove in the other run for the Greyhounds, and Brigit Godfrey scored. Both players were 1 for 3.
Jill Johnson had two strikeouts and two walks and scattered 11 hits for Atascadero.
Rainy conditions led to the postponement of several Southern Section divisional baseball and softball Tuesday playoff games involving San Luis Obispo County teams.
Paso Robles’ home baseball and softball games against Palos Verdes and El Segundo, respectively, were each rescheduled for 3:15 p.m. today.
San Luis Obispo baseball, also playing in the wild-card round, will travel to face Alemany at 3:15 p.m. today. Templeton’s road baseball game at Mary Star of San Pedro was also moved to 3:15 this afternoon.
Coast Union’s home baseball game versus Trinity Classical Academy of Valencia will start 15 minutes after the others, at 3:30 p.m. today.