Whitney swimming wraps up; track team heads for sections

By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Whitney High School swim team completed its run in the Sac-Joaquin Sections at Tokay High School in Lodi and the track and field team virtually dominated at the Capital Athletic League Finals at Whitney. Swimming The Whitney varsity swim team had a good showing at the section championships where 104 schools competed. The Wildcats? girls finished 18th. Colleen Daley took seventh in the 50-free final with a time of 24.67. ?Loree Olson took third in the 200-IM and swam an All-American consideration time with a 2:04.79,? Ustaszewski said. ?(Olson) also took sixth in the 100-backstroke final with a personal best of the year of a 57.60.? The freshman/sophomore girls placed 14th. The medley relay team of Haley Barker, Christina Daley, Jenna Loria and Lauren Votava took first in the consolations with a time of 1:58.69. Their 400-free relay time of 3:54.41 was a personal best and good enough for seventh place. Loria finished 11th in the 100-breaststroke with a personal best of 1:11.18. ?Lauren Votava dropped nine seconds in the 500-free to swim her personal best and place third in the 500-free with a time of 5:13.21,? Ustaszewski said. ?Lauren also placed eighth in the 100-breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:10.44.? The varsity boys team took 32nd-place. Whitney head coach Kari Ustaszewski was really impressed with the Wildcats. ?The relay team of Joseph Kiefer, Nick Laughlin, Alex Mowry and Nigel Siwabessy improved their 200-medley relay by three seconds,? Ustaszewski said. ?Alex Mowry swam his personal best in the 100-back with a time of 1:02.32. Diver August Gonet placed 10th in the finals.? Ustaszewski was impressed with how much the team had learned this season. All of the swimmers that went to sections improved their times,? Ustaszewski said. ?We are all very happy on how hard they worked this season to improve.? Track and Field The Whitney track and field team looked great at the CAL Finals on Friday. The varsity boys squad completed their second-consecutive undefeated CAL season. The Wildcats are now 50-0 in league. ?The conditions were ripe for some fast times and our boys did not disappoint,? said Whitney head coach Mark Snow. ?The 4x100 started the meet out with a new meet record, school record and stadium record of 42.51. The relay of Joe Atwood, Ian Bamsey, Hemant Thomas, and Joey Camarda are one of the premier teams in the section this year.? Snow said the Wildcats ran great, but the Wildcats still have a lot to prove. ?It is important that they continue to work hard and keep striving to improve because there are a lot of fast teams out there that want to take away one of the coveted spots to the state meet,? he said. ?Joey, Hemant and Ian all ran great times in the 100 and 200 and all qualified for the divisional meet on Wednesday.? Jacob Zufelt finished second in the 800-meter final and first in the 1600-meter final. ?He led a strong distance contingent to capture the crown,? Snow said. Ryan Hodgens won the 3200m and finished second in the 1600m. Nate Wellington placed second in the 3200m and fourth in the 1600m. ?Trever Sitch dominated the hurdles by winning by a large margin over the league in both hurdle events,? Snow said. Sitch also finished third in the long jump and ran in the 4x400. ?The 4 by 4 team ran to a new school record of 3:29 with Koren Vaughn, Blake Abeln and Ian Bamsey placing third in a very fast race,? Snow said. Anthony Sitch placed fifth in the 110-high hurdles, third in the 300m low hurdles and fourth in the pole vault. ?Garrett Gerberding continued his success in the vault by winning the event,? Snow said. ?Rounding out scorers for the Wildcats were Koren Vaughn in the 400-meter final (fourth), Phillip Mendoza (second) in the high jump, Evan Ja in the long jump (fourth) and triple jump (third), and Alex Ewing in the triple jump (second).? The varsity girls squad placed second overall in CAL and many girls are participating in the divisional meet on Wednesday at Bella Vista High School at 3 p.m. Stephanie Diettinger won the pole vault and Taylor Morgan was fourth. Maddie Dart placed second in the high jump, Jessie North was fifth in the long jump and MaKenzie Holland finished fifth in the discus and the shot put. ?On the track Shea Barker had a very good day by winning the 100-meter hurdles, second in the 300s and third-place in the 100-meter dash, with personal bests in all three events and a new school record in the short hurdle of 15.82,? Snow said. Snow was impressed with how tough his team played. ?Taylor Aidnik toughed it out with a leg injury and started our 4 by 4 team off right in that event,? Snow said. ?She is a competitor who wants to do well every time she goes out there but her leg was hurting her so bad that she had to drop her individual events where she was one of the favorites in the 200 and 400.? The Wildcats still finished second in the race. ?They are looking forward to a great meet on Wednesday. Jenica Dodge continued her stellar season by winning both the 1600 and the 3200, Snow said. ?Megan Hall, another injured Wildcat, ran to a fifth-place finish in the 3200 and scored crucial points over Cordova to secure the second-place finish in league.? Sami Brown also had some injures all year but finished sixth in the 100-hurdles. ?Scoring one point but that point was also very important in the overall score for the meet,? Snow said. Both JV squads placed third in the CAL. ?They are a bright future with many of those athletes setting personal bests,? Snow said. Antonio Franco, DJ Bicking and Kyle McCray led the sprint crew. Josh O?Neal and Devin Valdez ran well in the mid distance with Nicholas Pulido, Eric Leverenz, and Luis Higuera all scored points in the distance races. ?The Jumpers did awesome with Justin Read, Zuhair Mirza, Kyle McCray and Kevin Hasani all setting personal bests in both the long jump and the triple jump. Joe Howard vaulted to a second place finish, clearing nine-feet,? Snow said. ?On the girls side, Faith Gottenberg, Victoria Burton, Moriah Moore, Breonah Moore, and Victoria Snow led the girls to their third-place finish.? Capital Athletic League Track and Field Final Results BOYS Whitney 162 Antelope 93 Cordova 90 El Camino 74 Rio Americano 63 Mira Loma 3 GIRLS Antelope 176 Whitney 92 Cordova 83 Rio Americano 63 El Camino 38 Mira Loma 28 JV BOYS ? 3rd, 116.5 JV GIRLS ? 3rd, 43