St. Margaret's Track and Field and Swimming Programs Battle at League Finals
The Tartans represented well on Thursday.
Track and Field
The St. Margaret's track and field programs both had big days at the League Championships with impressive performances in all events.
The girls started off taking an early lead, with Ava Klausner finishing 2nd in the high jump and the girls 4x100, winning the opening track event of the meet. From then on, the girls never looked back and led the rest of the meet. The girls would go on to win the league championship with an impressive 177 points, besting the runners-up by 63 points.
Also garnering a strong performance was Coco Johnson, who won the 400m, finished 2nd in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet and finished her day with another win in the 4x400 relay. Joyce Li would also pick up a pair of wins in the 1600m and 3200m, with Sarah Bendzick finishing 3rd in the 1600m and the 2nd in the 800m. Sophia Karahalios would go on to win the 200m with a time of 27.14, while Sophia Kistler would come in a close 2nd with a time of 27.30.
The boys program would have a more challenging route to win the league championship, with Costa Mesa High School and Santa Ana High School being favorites to win the league title. The boys fell behind early in the meet, but a strong performance in the middle of the meet and a late surge would eventually put the boys in the mix. The league championship would come down to the 3200m and 4x400, where Everett Capelle would go on to win the 3200m by 2 seconds in a come-from-behind win. He would also win the 1600m in another close and exciting race. The 4x4 team consisting of Ryan Sheikholeslami, Everett Capelle, Lucas Monge, and Evan Causee would seal the win by winning the 4x4 and crowing the boys' team as league champions. St. Margaret's final score would be 114, with the runner-up coming in at 101 points.
Other strong performances came from Lucas Monge, who won the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.12, with Kaden Chen finishing 2nd at 45.20. Kaden Chen would also finish 2nd in the 110 hurdles. Cooper Devries hit a big personal best throw of 112.5 ft in the discus and finished 2nd in the event. Max Ruff placed 2nd in the triple jump with a jump of 38'9" and finished 2nd in the high jump with a leap of 5'4".
"Words cannot describe just how remarkable the entire team performed yesterday. We knew the girls were the team to beat, and they went out and showed just that," said Head Coach Edgar Vazquez. "We knew the boys had to make up some points in order to have a chance to win, and they did that and more. I have never jumped and sprinted so much during a meet and watching them perform was just pure fun and enjoyment. I am incredibly proud of both teams and what they accomplished. I think the most remarkable part in watching them win is the camaraderie and care they have with each other."
The boys and girls swim teams swam exceptionally well in yesterday's Orange Coast League finals. Every swimmer scored points for the team at the finals, led by captains Lucy Young, Rainbow Li, Levon Alyanakian, and Alejandro Turnbull.
The boys 200 medley relay (Levon Alyanakian, Alejandro Turnbull, Daniel Lyons, Archer Spindle) qualified for CIF with an automatic time of 2:01.45. Levon anchored the 400 free relay with his best time to help the team qualify for CIF Consideration, dropping 13 seconds total with his team.
Freshman Archer Spindle had strong finishes in the 50 free (4th) and 100 free (5th) qualifying for CIF in his events, while freshman Kevin Hasani had a considerable time drop in his 100 backstroke to qualify with his first CIF consideration time. Daniel Lyons swam outstanding in the 200 free, dropping 7 seconds and finishing 8th. Lyons also finished 6th in the 100 fly with CIF consideration times in both. Captain Alejandro Turnbull brought the team home with a valiant effort in the 50 free and 100 Breast, finishing 12th and 8th, respectively.
Heidi Tufo won both of her events and broke the Orange Coast League Record in the 200 IM and her own League record set in Tuesday's prelims in the 100 fly, as well as breaking the school record in the 100 fly. In addition, Zoe Reynolds shattered the Orange Coast League record in the 200 free and won both of her individual events (200 free, 500 free), leading the ladies to a 2nd place overall League finish.
Annika Tufo finished 3rd at League in the 100 breast and 50 free, swimming her best times as a freshman.
Heidi and Levon earned swimmer of the meet for their energy, enthusiasm and performances in the pool.
Girls' Varsity Individual Finishes: League Champion: Heidi Tufo, 1st-200 IM, 1st-100 Fly, school record, and Orange Coast league record. League Champion; Zoe Reynolds, 1st 200 Free-OC League record, 1st-500 Free Lucy Young-100 back-4th, 50 free-5th Rainbow Li- best times in her final individual events of her career in the 100 and 200 free, finishing 5th and 8th. Eva Dandel- 100 back- 12th Nixie Pedraza- 400 Free Relay (best time in her 100 Free split-9th Riley Long-100 free-12th Eden Harrington- 200 IM 6th, 100 Fly- 8th Natalia Garcia- 200 IM 10th, 100 BA 9th (best times in both) Caitlin Rooney- 50 Free-6th, 100 free-9th Allie Dandel-100 breast-8th Annika Tufo- 50 Free-3rd, 100 Breast-3rd (best times in both) Claire Martin- 500 Free- 6th , 100 breast 7th (best times in both)
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