SAN DIEGO — The CIF finals for Southern California Divisions 1 and 2 for swimming and diving were held at Del Norte High School Saturday, May 4 in Poway. Imperial Valley teams Calipatria High and Brawley Union High attended the morning session for Division 2, followed by Southwest the afternoon session for Division 1.
Brawley Union, bringing only female finalists, participated in several relays. Placing eighth in the first heat of the 200-medley relay were Katie Baraggiotta, Ellie Hoskins, Abbie Castro, and Ryan Dickerson. Placing eighth in the finalist heat for the 200 free relay and placing fifth in the finalist heat for the 400 free relay were Jessica Acosta, Larissa Avina, Abbie Castro, and Ellie Hoskins. Calipatria High brought their only finalist, senior Jacob Ritter, for his two individuals: the 200 Individual Medley placing fourth in heat 1, and the 100 Butterfly placing second by 100th of a second in heat 1.
“Today I was looking forward to my last high school meet and wanting to give it my all,” said Jacob Ritter … For my 100 fly, I’ve been working on getting ready for that event since the season started. I went out with a smart race splitting 25 seconds for my first 50 yards and 28 seconds for my last 50 yards. Overall, it was a good race and I’m happy with what I placed. I’ll be continuing my education and swimming pathway at Olivet College in Michigan in the fall of this year,” said Ritter.
Southwest High School also brought only female finalists to the afternoon session for Division 1. Southwest’s Alex Zaragoza, Bianca Prieto, Samantha Pena Aton, and Maddy Linen placed eighth in the first heat for the 200-medley relay. Placing sixth for the first heat of the 200 free relay and placing eighth in the first heat for the 400 free relay swim were Samantha Pena Aton, Bianca Prieto, Maddy Linen, and Ady Duarte.
“I tried my best in my race today,” said Larissa Avina after swimming her 50-freestyle individual placing eighth in the first heat. “It was really fun that I was able to come back for finals which is really difficult, it’s my first year returning. Next year, I’m going to try to make the championship heat for the 50 free,” said Avina.