Canyon Crest Academy’s swim and dive team opened the 2011 season on March 17 with a league meet against Fallbrook High School. Girls Varsity scored 102 points; Fallbrook, 88. Boys Varsity scored 61 points, Fallbrook 109. During the meet, freshman Carly Rasmussen broke the school record in 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.82. In diving, the first mark was set by Ariel Vacheron with 108.05.
The league opener was followed two days later by the 2011 San Diego Sun Devil Varsity Invitational at Mt. Carmel High School on Saturday, March 19. An all-day event, the invitational included 20 high schools from all over Southern California. Girls finished in eighth place, while Boys took 11th, with several CCA records broken at the invitational.
Regarding the large number of freshman on this year’s varsity swim team, Coach Nico Kintz, two-time Olympic finalist, says, “This is a building year. This is the biggest freshmen class we’ve had so far. Some freshmen are already fast enough to qualify for CIF, so I think this team is going to get even stronger in the next two years.”
Diving and junior varsity swim are also growing at CCA. “This is the first year we have a dive team,” Kintz says. “We have three talented girl divers, and they’re having a lot of fun. I think we’ll see the dive team getting more popular next year.” Regarding JV swim, he says, “CCA has a full boys JV roster with 15, but only two JV girls. Our coaching staff would be glad to see more JV girls next year. The varsity girls team is having its best year so far, and this will help increase our popularity.”
About up and coming talent on this year’s swim team, Coach Nico says, “We have strong juniors and seniors like Taylor Patterson and Matt Briscoe, who made finals at CIF last year; sophomores Annabel Tomes, defending CIF champion in the 50 free, and Alex Chen, who already qualified for CIF in the 100 breaststroke; and freshmen Carly Rasmussen and David Twyman, who hopefully will score high points at CIF and Leagues. After just two meets, we’ve already broken three all-time school records with Annabel Tomes in the 200 Free 1:54.40, Carly Rasmussen in the 100 Fly 1:01.29, and Matt Briscoe in the 200 Free 1:47.68. I expect even more records to be broken in both individual and relay events.”
Now in his fourth year as CCA head swim and dive coach, Kintz’s goal for the 2011 season is to win Valley League, then qualify seven girls, seven boys, and all six relays to CIF. “The swim team has gotten stronger each year since I started,” he says. “We have more year-round and club swimmers now, and this helps start the season strong instead of starting from scratch like my first year. We hope to win CIF Division II (schools with 2,400 students or less) in the near future.”