High School Sports

Area Roundup: Morro Bay's Popovich to swim collegiately at Howard

Morro Bay High senior swimmer Trent Popovich has signed a national letter of intent to swim at Howard University.

This past year, Popovich finished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championships, clocking a time of 54.74 seconds. Popovich is the Los Padres League record-holder in that event, breaking the mark that had stood since 1997. Also at the divisional championships, he was seventh in the 100 butterfly at 55.21 seconds.

Popovich will be swimming on behalf of the Central Coast Puma Aquatic Club at the USA Swimming Champions Series sectional meet at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach from Dec. 17-21.

As a junior, Popovich also set two other individual Morro Bay records, in the 50 backstroke and the 50 butterfly. Over the past three years, he has won six individual league titles.

Howard is a Division I program in Washington, D.C. competing in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.

Cuesta women's basketball team loses on the road

Despite holding Monterey Peninsula College below 30-percent shooting, the Cuesta College women’s basketball team fell 72-66 in a nonconference game Tuesday.

The Lobos took 14 more free throws than the Cougars, going 19 of 30.

Jayme Salim led Cuesta (1-4) with 24 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Paso Robles native Kati Sheldon added 14 points, and Anika Bauermeister had 11 points and a team-best 12 rebounds in defeat.