Pali High Swim Squads Lap Competition at City Championships
By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
For more than a decade it’s been a foregone conclusion that Palisades High swim coach Maggie Nance will leave the City Section Swim Championships wet. She joined her team for yet another celebratory dip in the pool at John C. Argue Stadium next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Friday after the Dolphins swept the boys and girls titles for the seventh straight season.
The girls amassed a whopping 600 points—far outdistancing runner-up Granada Hills (308.5) and third-place Cleveland (227)—for their 10th title in a row and 13th in 14 years—while the racked up 493 points, well ahead of the same two schools (Granada Hills had 304, Cleveland had 228), for their seventh straight crown.
The Dolphins hosted the City diving competition earlier in the week at Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center and Madison Pierce scored 374.65 points through 11 rounds to finish second in the girls springboard standings behind Macy Pine of LACES (476.80). Aurora Dair was fifth with 288.25 points. For the boys, Henry Andrews took fifth with 289.90 points. Lucas Weigand of El Camino Real won with a total of 410.95.
The girls gave an indication it would by the Dolphins’ day when Sophia Wlodek, Kavita Sekhon, Quincy Timmerman and Grace Winter won the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, by over two seconds in 1:52.32. Two years ago, Wlodek and Timmerman, both juniors, joined Dora Seggelke (now at UCSB) and Darby Green in setting the City record of 1:47.44 at East LA College.
Nathalia Wyss won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.48, Charlotte Bota was fourth in 2:03.96, Kristina Kobuke was fifth in 2:04.08 and Kira Davis was sixth in 2:04.29. Timmerman (2:12.18), Sekhon (2:13.80), Chloe Alpin (2:14.38) and Amanda Kim (2:20.41) took the top four spots in the 200 individual medley.
Maxine Eschger (25.27) was seventh and Sydney Brouwer (25.60) was eighth in the 50 freestyle and Winter (25.67) swam to second place in the consolation heat.
In the 100 butterfly, Wlodek (59.06) was second to Alyssa Berman of Venice (57.47), Adelaide Saab was fifth in 1:03.39 and Roselin Gallegos was sixth in 1:03.93. Wyss was third in the 100 freestyle in 53.18, Green (55.71) was sixth, Eschger (56.41) was seventh and Brouwer (56.37) was the consolation runner-up.
Alpin was second in the longest event of the day, the 500 freestyle, clocking 5:15:95 while Kira Davis (5:39.66) and Lola Balestra (5:47.92) were fourth and fifth, respectively, and Sydney Savarese was eighth in 6:04.00. The 200 freestyle relay (Wyss, Green, Winter and Brouwer) won in 1:40.68 while Wlodek (1:00.37), Green (1:02.91) and Kim (1:03.46) went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke.
Timmerman won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.98, Sekhon was next in 1:07.40, Winter got fifth and Emily Bunnapradist was sixth. In the 400 relay, Wyss, Green, Eschger and Timmerman were second in 3:44.06.
The boys started the meet by taking the 200 medley relay. Joshua Han, Orion Vayanas, Andrew Planting and Marc Pryor won by nearly three seconds in 1:38.29.
Planting (1:42.73) won the 200 freestyle, Chris Pedersen (1:47.84) was fourth and Oliver Grant (1:48.42) was sixth. Vayanas (1:54.10) won the 200 IM and Han was third in 2:00.74.
Asa Tatro was the 50 freestyle champion in 22.12, Pryor got fifth in 22.71 and Najee Railey was seventh in 23.40. Max Speiser got third in the 100 butterfly in 56.13 and Oliver Younai (57.26) took second in the consolation heat.
Tatro later won the 100 freestyle in 49.07, James Gurney was third in 49.37 and Railey (51.02) was eighth. Planting won the 500 freestyle in 4:36.54, Grant took fourth in 4:52.28 and Theo Trask was sixth in 5:15.09.
Pedersen, Pryor, Railey and Tatro joined forces to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.59. Palisades’ Kian Brouwer, Hunter Loncar, Greg Havton and Roy Yoo set the City record of 1:25.33 in 2017.
Han got third in the 100 backstroke; Vayanas (58.98) and Pedersen (1:00.64) were 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke. Planting, Tatro, Vayanas and Pedersen won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.03.