For the second year in a row, the Arroyo Grande High boys swim team ended its season as the third-best team in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 after a strong performance in the finals Saturday.
Tyler Gamble swam his way to second place in the 50-yard freestyle for the Eagles with a time of 21.16 seconds, then came in third in the 100 freestyle in 46.46.
Zach Stevens placed second in the 100 breaststroke (55.35) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (1:54.98) in his final high school meet. Stevens will continue his swimming career at Cal next season.
All three of the Arroyo Grande boys relay teams finished in the top 10. Stevens, Gamble, Charlie Watkins and David Malouf swam the 200 medley relay in 1:37.24 for fifth and the 200 freestyle relay — Gamble, Hissam el-Effendi, Christian Solis and Clint Doucette placed third in 1:27.10.
Stevens, Solis, Malouf and el-Effendi teamed up for the final relay and placed sixth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:13.48).
In the girls 100 backstroke, Coryn Hayes placed ninth with a time of 59.99 for the Eagles. Evan Holtz swam a lifetime-best 4:43.97 in the boys 500 freestyle for San Luis Obispo and finished seventh.
Paso Robles’ Taylor Hayes was fifth in the 100 freestyle (47.50).
TRACK AND FIELD
CIF-Southern Section prelims
Arroyo Grande’s Angela Gemignani qualified sixth in the Division 2 girls 800 meters, running a school record 2:13.91, one one-hundredth of a second faster than teammate Talley Hill’s time set this year.
Samantha Henkel qualified sixth in the shot put, throwing 40 feet, and Josephine Graeber qualified seventh in the long jump (17-0).
Arroyo Grande also had Hill qualify in the 1,600 (4:59.88) and Leza Cassidy in the 3,200 (11:05.23).
In Division 3 girls, Ashley Davis led Paso Robles, qualifying fourth in the girls 1,600 (5:06.5).
Other Bearcats to qualify included Samantha Anderson in the girls 100 (12.38) and 200 (25.3), Madison Moore in the girls 800 (2:19.64), the girls 4x400 relay (4:06.45), and Jonah Cole in the boys discus (155-9).
San Luis Obispo’s William Ernst qualified in the boys 1,600 (4:21.86) and 3,200 (9:23.94), while Raymond Smith qualified in the boys 400 (50.03) and 300 hurdles (40.66).
On the girls side, Grace Torres qualified third in the girls triple jump (36-10), the Tigers’ 4x400 team qualified seventh (4:05.47), and Elizabeth Willey qualified in the pole vault (10-6). Atascadero’s Angelica Cusworth qualified in the girls 400 (59.76) and 300 hurdles (46.55), and teammate Brianna Villanueva qualified in the girls discus (126-4).
In Division 4, Nipomo led Los Padres League schools, with 10 athletes qualifying in six events. Kyra Meko and Gracie Albano qualified fourth (5:08.39) and ninth (5:13.54) in the girls 1,600, respectively, and Meko and Cassie Dittenhoefer qualified second (11:17.33) and eighth in the 3,200 (11:25.27).
Taylor Nevitt qualified in the shot put (36-0) and discus (119-1). Jordynn Dorado (34-6) also qualified in the girls shot put (34-6 3⁄4), while Monica Guerrero qualified in the discus (105-9). Jared Springer qualified third in both the boys shot put (51-0 1⁄2) and the discus (158-1).
Andrew Hutchison joins Springer in the discus (133-2), while Luke Nickelson qualified in the long jump (20-1).
Templeton’s Allen Kroger qualified third in the boys 800 (1:58.24), as did Clayton Mackay in the 300 hurdles (39.99), Jared Wilson in the shot put (45-11), and the 4x400 relay qualified fifth (3:26.34).
On the girls side, Templeton’s Veronica Russell qualified in the 800 (2:19.83), Kecymar Osuna in the 3,200 (11:32), and Sienna Stinson in the pole vault (9-0).
Morro Bay’s Austin Lay qualified in the boys 3,200 (9:38.61), and Natalie Marquardt and Sierra Emrick in the girls pole vault (9-0).
Mission Prep’s Patrick Laird qualified fourth in the boys discus (144-8).
The finals for all divisions will be Saturday.
CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings announced
As the PAC 7’s second seed, Atascadero will play California at home in the Division 3 first round Tuesday.
Paso Robles kicks off the Division 3 wild-card round with a road game against West Torrance on Monday as the PAC 7’s third seed. All games are at 3:15 p.m.
In the Division 5 playoffs, Morro Bay and Nipomo will start off in the wild-card round Monday.
The Pirates will play Brentwood at home as the third seed from the Los Padres League and the Titans, who are the fourth seed, will play Azusa on the road.
Coast Union will host a the winner of a Monday wild card game in the Division 7 playoffs at home Tuesday as the No. 1 seed in the Coast Valley League, and No. 2 CVL seed Coastal Christian will play Mesa Grande on the road, also Tuesday.