On Friday, May 11, defending Valley League champion Canyon Crest Academy retained its title, again taking first place in Boys Varsity Swim during league finals at Del Norte High School. Girls Varsity Swim Team took third place in the Valley League this year, while CCA Dive Team members Shelby Buford and Claudia See won fourth and fifth place with scores of 328.00 and 275.50, respectively, qualifying both for CIF. In Boys Dive, Tanner Lack and Dion Mohager took third and fourth place, respectively.
During finals, CCA garnered first place medals in ten events, more than any other school in the Valley League. First place wins included Matteo Lanza-Billeta in the Men’s 50 Freestyle; Marcus McCloskey in the Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle; Tiffany Chau in the Women’s 100 Yard Backstroke; Alex Chen in the Men’s 100 Yard Breastroke; Carly Rasmussen in both the Women’s 100 Yard Butterfly and the Women’s 100 Yard Breastroke; the team of Garrett Schmid, Alex Chen, Kevin Li, and Matteo Lanza-Billeta in the Men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay; the team of David Twyman, Eric Schade, Jonathan Zhu, and Matteo Lanza-Billeta in the Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay; and the team of Tiffany Chau, Carly Rasmussen, Caiti McCallum, and Skylar Wiggins in both the Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay and the Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.
In addition to all the first place event winners proceeding to CIF competition, many CCA swimmers automatically qualified to go to CIF or earned CIF consideration. Of these, the following automatically qualified: David Twyman in the 200 Yard Freestyle; Garrett Schmid in the 100 Yard Backstroke; and the team of David Twyman, Eric Schade, John Guess, and Jonathan Zhu in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. The following individuals earned CIF consideration: Tiffany Chau, Alex Chen, Garrett Schmid, Josh Trissel, and Jonathan Zhu in the 200 Yard Individual Medley; Caiti McCallum, Marcus McCloskey, Eric Schade, and Skylar Wiggins in the 200 Yard Freestyle; Kevin Li, Gavin Rockwood, David Twyman, and Jonathan Zhu in the 100 Yard Butterfly; John Guess, Caiti McCallum, and Eric Schade in the 100 Yard Freestyle; Daniel Santana, Skylar Wiggins, and Derek Yen in the 500 Yard Freestyle; Kyle Grozen and Alessandro Thomson in the 100 Yard Backstroke; and Josh Trissel in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Also notable were new personal records set during league preliminaries and finals by Robert Burklund, Raegan Correll, John Guess, Justine Johnson, Spencer Wiggins, and Simone Wiseman in the 50 Yard Freestyle; Robert Burklund, Raegan Correll, and Spencer Wiggins in the 100 Yard Freestyle; Nate Rudolph and Simone Weisman in the 100 Yard Backstroke; Gayla Hahn in the 200 Yard Individual Medley; Derek Kiy in the 500 Yard Freestyle; and Nate Rudolph in the 200 Yard Freestyle.
In order to encourage exemplary student-athelete behavior both on and off the pool deck, Head Swim & Dive Team Coach Nico Kintz awarded various team members Swimmers of the Week over the course of the 2012 season. This year’s winners included Kevin Li and Ariel Vacheron for the week of March 12; Alex Chen and Skylar Wiggins for the week of March 19; David Twyman and Shelby Buford for the week of March 26; Eric Schade and Derek Yen for the week of April 16; and John Guess, Gavin Rockwood, and Spencer Wiggins for the week of April 23.