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Arroyo Grande High School relay swim team becomes school’s first to reach state finals

Swimmers compete at the CIF-State Swimming and Diving Championships prelimanaries Friday in Clovis
Swimmers compete at the CIF-State Swimming and Diving Championships prelimanaries Friday in Clovis Courtesy photo

Arroyo Grande High School’s boys 400-yard freestyle relay team advanced out of the preliminaries with a school-record performance at the CIF-State Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday in Clovis, becoming the first team in school history to swim in the state final.

The team of Jack Alexander, Trent Schachter, Chris Dichmann and James Hazel finished eighth in 3 minutes, 8.31 seconds. They will compete in the championship final Saturday.

According to an email from coach Russell Peterson, the time is also an All-American consideration time.

Schachter also qualified for the boys 100 butterfly consolation final, finishing 12th in 50.00 seconds. He is the second alternate for the boys 200 free consolation final, finishing 18th in 1:41.10.

San Luis Obispo’s Galen Penvenne also reached a consolation final, finishing 15th in the boys 100 free in 45.94 seconds. Penvenne also finished 27th in the boys 200 individual medley in 1:56.09.

Nipomo High’s Alayna Gocke was 33rd in the girls 500 free in 5:08.61. Fellow Titans swimmer Wyatt Marsalek was 24th in the 500 free in 4:38.82, and Austin Simpson was 28th in the 100 breaststroke in 59.10 seconds.

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