Mac Reinhart set a personal best in the boys 100-yard backstroke to help lead the Morro Bay High boys swimming to its first ever Los Padres League championships in Lompoc on Wednesday.
The Pirates, who went 6-0 in dual meets for the first time in school history, finished second at the LPL championships with 421 points. Cabrillo was first with 468, and Santa Ynez was third with 365. Nipomo was fourth at 223, and Templeton was seventh at 19.
The league title is determined by a combination of dual results and Wednesday’s meet.
Morro Bay was 4-1 last year, and was 3-2 the season before, the first winning season under coach Dan Szentesi.
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“The kids are really excited,” Szentesi said. “Reinhart is one of those guys that’s been there all four years with me. It’s a world of difference from going out there knowing you’re going to lose, to going out and competing with these bigger schools.”
Reinhart won the 100 backstroke in 59.91 seconds, two seconds ahead of second place and more than a second faster than his previous best.
“(Reinhart) should do very well at CIF,” Dan Szentesi said. “We’re looking for him to go to the finals in both the 200 free and the 100 back.”
Travis Chairman was the only other Pirate to win a race, placing first in the 500 freestyle in 5:23.23.
Reinhart also combined with Joel Wilkie, Jack Krull and Alexander McKee to set a school record in the 200 freestyle relay. The team finished second in 1:36.68.
On the girls side, Morro Bay placed third in the league and fourth in the meet with 269 points. Cabrillo won with 509, and Templeton was second at 413. Nipomo was fifth at 117.
For Templeton, Ande Miller won the 200 freestyle (2:06.83), Marina Wesner won the 200 individual medley in 2:23.89, Megan Miller won the 50 freestyle (26.11). The Eagles also won he 200 medley relay (2:02.13) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.48).
The Pirates’ Katie White won the 100 butterfly in 1:02.94, which automatically qualifies her for the CIF-Southern Section preliminaries.
Nipomo’s Rebecca Gonzalez won the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.11.
Atascadero 5, San Luis Obispo 4
Sam Neely hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to help the Greyhounds even the series 1-1.
Atascadero (12-11-1, 7-6-1 PAC 7) added one run in the inning and scored another on a fielder’s choice in the fourth that put the Greyhounds up 5-2.
The Tigers scored one run in the fifth and seventh innings to bring the score to 5-4, but Holden Nix recorded the last two outs to get the save.
Tyler Moore and Garrett Giovannelli both had two hits for San Luis Obispo.
Arroyo Grande 9, Paso Robles 3
Chris Davidson scattered seven hits in a complete-game win, giving up three runs — one earned — and striking out eight for the Eagles.
The Bearcats held a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but Arroyo Grande scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
A.J. Cippola was 3 for 4 with a run, and Garrett Ball was 2 for 4 with three RBI, two runs and a double for the Eagles (14-6-3, 9-3-2 PAC 7).
Berwick, Adlesh named all-state
Atascadero’s Robbie Berwick was named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State junior second team when teams were announced Wednesday.
Mission Prep’s Quinton Adlesh was named to the all-Division V second team.
Arroyo Grande players selected
Seven Eagles will participate in the FCA All-Star Football Game on June 1 in Lompoc for graduating seniors from San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties.
Offensive lineman Wyatt Cox, defensive linemen Chris Addy and Ian Malott, wide receivers Brennan Rivera and Joseph Gonzalez, linebacker Zach Diaz and quarterback Matt Willkomm will represent Arroyo Grande.
Templeton’s Truhitte commits to La Verne
The Eagles’ Conner Truhitte signed a letter of intent earlier this week to play at the University of La Verne.
Truhitte rushed for 668 yards in his senior season last fall and logged 45 tackles and six sacks as a linebacker for the Eagles (7-4).
Truhitte, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs about 190, will receive a two-thirds academic scholarship to attend La Verne and expects to play defense, possibly linebacker or safety, according to Eagles coach Dan Loney.