LANCASTER — Three Quartz Hill swimmers won all four events they competed in at the Golden League Finals on Wednesday at Eastside Pool.
Quartz Hill junior Angelina Michael and freshmen Emily Drossel and Kiana Henriquez all swept their events to lead the Quartz Hill girls to their 23rd consecutive Golden League title and 25th overall, winning all 11 events.
Three Quartz Hill boys won three events: junior Alistaire Martin, sophomore Andrew Vass and freshman Tibor Petho. Quartz Hill won eight events for their 11th consecutive league title and 24th overall.
“We did what we came to do,” Quartz Hill coach Brian Reed said. “We won our league titles. We had a lot of times that did drop. Some of the times that we weren’t expecting to drop, because we weren’t focusing so much on this meet as CIF. Overall, extremely happy and proud.
“It just says about the commitment to aquatics at Quartz Hill and the quality of kids that we have.”
Michael, Drossel and Henriquez were all on the winning 200 medley relay team, along with senior Madison Stines, that had a time of two minutes and 1.28 seconds.
“I did really good,” said Michael, a third-year varsity swimmer. “I placed first in all my events. I didn’t really drop any time, but I think we did good as a whole. My coaches wanted me to work on a bunch of stuff, like with my stroke, so my goal was just to work on that and get everything right and I think I did. They said I did good. I wanted to get first today. I wasn’t really concerned about my times. I just wanted to make sure my technique was correct, so I could get ready for CIF and fix anything before then.”
The swimmers will compete in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Prelims on May 1 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex at 4:30 p.m. The Division 4 Finals are on May 3 at 4 p.m.
Michael had three first-place finishes at the league finals last year, as her fourth event with a relay team was disqualified for a false start. She competed in the same events this year.
“I feel good. I wish I had a little bit faster times, obviously,” Michael said. “I think I’m good with where I’m at right now. I hope I can drop when I’m there.”
Michael also won the 50 freestyle (27.66), edging teammate Allyson Avant (27.92), and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.74).
Michael was also on the winning 200 free relay team, along with junior Skylar Martinez, sophomore Nyla O’Brien and Avant, winning with a time of 1:53.28.
Drossel and Henriquez were both on the winning 400 free relay team (4:00.18), along with Avant and Stines.
“I’m actually kind of disappointed in myself,” Drossel said. “I added time in everything that I did today, but I had a really nice team supporting me so I can’t be upset with myself, because we have fun. This meet was really a warmup for CIF, that’s what I was considering this one. It was just to get out there and get the competition flowing. I’m really excited for CIF. CIF is where I have my real goals. I’m actually very happy with where I’m at with my swimming right now. I feel that I still have a lot of room to improve and that’s good.
“I’ve done competition year round, so this is kind of another swimming opportunity. I think it’s really fun. I do like the high school season. It’s very supportive and competitive at the same time. The team coming together makes it the best.”
Drossel also won the 200 free (2:02.40) and the 500 free (5:27.13).
“I’m swimming the 200 free and I’m trying to break the Golden League record,” Drossel said. “I’m very close to it, so I’m trying break that record.”
Henriquez also won the 200 individual medley (2:26.14) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.07).
Avant won the 100 freestyle (1:00.67), edging Highland junior Madeline Santana-Torres (1:00.78).
Quartz Hill senior Oshini Cooray won the 100 backstroke (1:13.06), as Santana-Torres finished second (1:13.19).
Martin and Petho were both on the winning boys 400 free relay team, along with senior Christopher Caram, with the winning time of 3:34.05, edging the Quartz Hill team of senior Joshuah Ramirez, junior Keith Karunaratne, sophomore Dylan Campbell and senior Peyton Binford (3:37.055).
Vass was also on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:45.24), along with Binford, Martin and senior Jaeden Serrano, beating the Quartz Hill team of Petho, Caram, Ramirez and senior Nelson Rios (1:47.81).
Vass also won the 100 backstroke (1:00:00), edging Highland junior Tanner Williamson (1:00.04) and Ramirez (1:00.61).
“I feel good,” said Vass, a second-year varsity swimmer. “I’m sick right now, but I gave it my best shot and it worked out well. A lot of hard work this season.
“I was aiming to get three first places for all our relays. I swam fly as well. I didn’t place in that, but I think I did pretty good overall. I was super happy, because I got automatic time for backstroke. I was excited for that, because I’ve been trying to get that for the entire season. It’s really all mental and that’s what it comes down to, just the mental preparation and also the work you put in beforehand. It’s the determination, that’s what needs to be there.”
Vass won also on the 200 free relay team (1:34.81), along with senior Carson Vogel, senior Nelson Rios and Serrano.
Petho also won the 200 free (1:56.34) and Martin won the 100 butterfly (56.69), edging Knight junior Leonel Leon (56.88). Petho also won the 500 free (5:11.43).
Binford won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.27), edging Caram (1:03.60).
“The 100 breast race between Payton and Chris are always fun to watch,” Reed said. “Chris outedged him and won the Dan Tran, but Peyton came back and won the Golden League. So they are just neck and neck. It’s really going to be interesting to see how they finish at CIF.”
Knight sophomore Joram Chmielecki won the 50 free (23.20), edging Vogel (23.32), Lancaster senior Christian Osafo (23.70) and Serrano (23.70).
Chmielecki also won the 100 free (50.86), as Vogel finished second (52.15).
Williamson won the 200 IM (2:07.01) for the Bulldogs, while Martin finished second (2:10.38).
“We had some crazy drops, which was really, really nice to see from some of these kids,” Reed said. “The future looks good. We’ve got a lot of young freshmen that are really stepping up.”
Quartz Hill freshman Georgia Andrews finished third in the girls 500 free (6:16.76), but dropped 18 seconds to earn a CIF time, as did Quartz Hill freshman Miguel Valencia in the boys 500 free (5:40.83), finishing fourth.
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