Santa Margarita Girls Collect 7th Straight CIF SS DI Championship Title



Women’ Meet Recap

Santa Margarita women continued to dominate the CIF Southern Part DI Championships, profitable their seventh straight title this yr by greater than 300 factors. For context, they gained in 2019 by barely greater than 200 factors over  Tesoro. Valencia had essentially the most drastic enchancment in workforce standings, as they sprung from seventh place in 2019 to 2nd place this season.

Observe that the 2020 CIF Championships have been canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, so Santa Margarita’s 7-year win streak excludes 2020. The workforce can be coming off two back-to-back California State Championship title wins in 2018 and 2019.

In whole, Santa Margarita swept all three relay occasions and gained six particular person occasion titles out of eight.

Santa Margarita’s Justina Kozan highlighted the meet by profitable two particular person occasions and serving to the workforce to 2 relay victories.

First, she claimed victory within the 200 free with a time of 1:44.40, taking .75 off her lifetime greatest time from 2019 Winter Junior Nationals. She set the tempo quick, going out in 50.54 and coming dwelling in 53.86. Her teammate Macky Hodges snagged 2nd place (1:47.34).

Kozan’s second particular person win got here within the 100 free the place she led a 1-2-3 Santa Margarita end with a time of 49.40, inside .35 of her lifetime greatest from 2018. Kozan was the one swimmer to interrupt 50.00 and junior Lindsay Ervin and freshman Teia Salvino  snagged 2nd (50.27) and third place (50.63), respectively.

Ervin and Salvino demonstrated their sprinting prowess additional within the 50 free the place Salvino led one other 1-2-3 Santa Margarita end with a time of 23.06. Ervin took 2nd place shut behind (23.20) and sophomore Linda Yu positioned third (23.52).

Earlier, Ervin anchored the profitable 200 medley relay in 23.11. Santa Margarita’s workforce of sophomore Macky Hodges and juniors Mirabella LeVine, Isabella Abrajan and Ervin claimed 1st place with a time of 1:42.57, rattling the meet file from 2015 and coming inside .28 of it. They completed with a 1.4 second lead over Valencia who got here in 2nd place.

Santa Margarita’s dash crew of Kozan, Salvino, Yu and Ervin gained the 200 free relay with a time of 1:33.66. Kozan led off the relay in 23.30, a cut up virtually equivalent to Ervin’s anchor cut up of 23.28, which included a relay begin.

Santa Margarita’s relay of Hodges, Salvino, Yu and Kozan ended the session with one other win within the 400 free relay with a time of three:20.49 and a 5 second lead over the sector. Kozan anchored the relay in 49.71.

Sophomore Asia Kozan stored Santa Margarita’s win streak going within the 200 IM with a time of two:01.40, taking 2.5 seconds off her seed time to win the race with almost a 1 second lead over Crescenta Valley sophomore Hojung Yoon who positioned 2nd. Irvine’s Aurora Duncan was shut behind, taking third place (2:02.63).

Within the 100 fly, Mater Dei senior Kailia Utley snapped Santa Margarita’s win streak by taking 1st place with a time of 53.67, out touching second-place finisher Isabella Abrajan of Santa Margarita by .42. Tesoro junior Katie Crom rounded out the highest three (54.28) after taking out the race about the identical tempo as Utley (Utley turned on the 50-yard mark at 25.39 to Crom’s 25.40). Abrajan constructed her pace on the ultimate 50, ending with a 50 yard cut up .40 sooner than Crom.

The five hundred free was an particularly thrilling race, with the highest 3 finishers touching the wall inside 5 seconds of one another. Hodges gained with a time of 4:47.56, adopted by Tesoro junior Sophia Ribeiro (4:50.35) and Santa Margarita sophomore Abby O’Sullivan (4:52.35). Hodges commanded the race from the beginning, whereas O’Sullivan had an outstanding end, constructing pace and outpacing Hodges on the final 150 yards.

Santa Margarita sophomore Maggie McGuire gained the 100 again (55.15),  out touching Irvine’s Duncan, who completed in 2nd place, by about .40. Duncan took out the race in 26.64, about .40 sooner than McGuire however McGuire was capable of chase her down on the final half of the race.

Within the 100 breast, Valencia senior Izabella Adame gained with a time of 1:00.43 and a commanding 3 second lead over the sector. This was a stable swim for Adame whose lifetime greatest time stands at 1:00.35 from March.

Staff Scores (High Ten)

  1. Santa Margarita, 457
  2. Valencia-Valencia, 191.50
  3. Crescenta Valley, 177
  4. Tesoro, 127
  5. Mater Dei, 118
  6. San Juan Hills, 114
  7. Redondo Union, 110
  8. Hart, 108
  9. Los Alamitos, 96
  10. Woodbridge, 89


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