Carmel Valley CCA swim and dive teams finish strong season


Congratulating his student-atheletes on a great 2013 season, Canyon Crest Academy head Swim & Dive Team coach Nico Kintz said he is pleased with how the team performed during its first year as part of the Palomar League. Building on coach Nico’s seven pillars of excellence — commitment, consistency, attitude, attendance, respect, team spirit, and time management — CCA Boys Swim & Dive tied with Torrey Pines High School for second place in the league, while CCA Girls Swim & Dive took fourth. At CIF, CCA Girls Swim & Dive won third place and CCA Boys Swim & Dive won fourth place.

Honoring team members for their exemplary performance and dedication to the team both inside and outside the pool, coach Nico named the following individuals as Swimmers/Divers of the Week: for the week of March 18, Eric Li and David Twyman; for the week of March 25, Jolie Rasmussen, Eric Schade, and Spencer Wiggins; for the week of April 15, Leah Buford, John Guess, Carly Rasmussen, Garrett Schmid, and Annabel Tomes; and for the week of April 22, Shelby Buford, Eric Schade, and Annabel Tomes.

Highlights of the season included strong performances by team members at the Mt. Carmel Invitational back in March, with the Boys Varsity team earning a second place finish, and the Girls Varsity taking sixth overall. At the Junior Varsity Invitational, CCA Boys took second place.

Additionally, numerous records were broken by CCA swimmers and divers during the 2013 season. Swimmer Tracy Chen set new CCA records in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. Swimmer Jolie Rasmussen established a new CCA record in the 100 Back. Swimmer Annabel Tomes earned new CCA records in the 100 Free (also a new Palomar League record) and the 200 Free, both of which were All-American consideration times. Swimmer Alex Chen set a new CCA record in the 100 Breast. Swim Eric Li earned a new CCA record in the 500 Free. Swimmer Garrett Schmid established new CCA records in the 200 Free, the 200 IM, and the 100 Back. Divers Shelby Buford and Mason Mercer also set new CCA records in the 6-Dive.

On top of all the individual records, the CCA Girls Relay team of Tracy Chen, Carly Rasmussen, Jolie Rasmussen, and Annabel Tomes set new records for CCA, the Palomar League, and Division II CIF competition in the 200 Free Relay, and for CCA and CIF Division II the 200 Medley Relay, garnering All-American consideration times for both events. The Boys 400 Free Relay team of John Guess, Eric Schade, Garrett Schmid, and David Twyman also established a new CCA record during the 2013 season.

On May 15 and 18, the following CCA Swim & Dive Team members competed at Division II CIF semifinals and finals: Leah Buford, Shelby Buford, Tiffany Chau, Alex Chen, Tracy Chen, Rebecca Donoghue, Kyle Grozen, John Guess, Tanner Lack, Eric Li, Caiti McCallum, Liam McCallum, Marcus McCloskey, Mason Mercer, Carly Rasmussen, Jolie Rasmussen, Eric Schade, Garrett Schmid, Claudia See, Samantha Shao, Alessandro Thomson, Annabel Tomes, Josh Trissel, David Twyman, Ariel Vacheron, Spencer Wiggins, and Jonathan Zhu. Relay alternates for CIF included Robert Burklund, Raegan Correll, Gayla Hahn, Isabelle Imacseng, Colin Loyd, Claire Phinney, Gavin Rockwood, Daniel Santana, Maddie Schade, Tanvi Shah, Aaron Tsai, Skylar Wiggins, Derek Yen, and Roland Yu.

At the team banquet on May 19 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, coaches Nico Kintz, Megan Milder, Jenny Waters, and Jamie Pearce honored graduating seniors, wishing them well as they embark upon their college careers in the fall, as follows: Alex Chen, Stevens Institute of Technology; John Guess, University of California, Santa Barbara; Tanner Lack, Arizona State University; Caiti McCallum, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Marcus McCloskey, Brigham Young University, Idaho; Eric Schade, University of California, Berkeley; Claudia See, Yale University; Annabel Tomes, U.S. Naval Academy; Ariel Vacheron, University of Connecticut; and Skylar Wiggins, Northern Arizona University.

Also at the team banquet, coach Nico gave the Varsity Coach’s Award to swimmer Marcus McCloskey, coach Megan gave her Varsity Coach’s Award to swimmer John Guess, coach Jenny gave the Junior Varsity Coach’s Award to swimmer Isaac Ortega, and coach Jamie gave her Dive Team Coach’s Award to Shelby Buford. Varsity swimmers winning the Most Improved Award included Eric Li and Tracy Chen; Most Improved Diver went to Tanner Lack. Girls Varsity 2013 MVP was awarded to swimmer Annabel Tomes, while swimmer Garrett Schmid was named Boys Varsity MVP for 2013.

Applauding the team on their increasingly competitive performance over the six years he’s been with the team, coach Nico Kintz, a two-time Olympian himself, concluded, “I got into coaching to get back into swimming, but now I am into coaching to get back into winning.”