Rule the pool

Swimmers at
Westlake, Agoura, Viewpoint dazzle at section meet


FASTER THAN LIGHTNING—Ellie Shorten, left, and her older brother Reid smashed Agoura High records at the CIF-Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Riverside. Courtesy of Ellie Shorten

FASTER THAN LIGHTNING—Ellie Shorten, left, and her older brother Reid smashed Agoura High records at the CIF-Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Riverside. Courtesy of Ellie Shorten

The third time was the charm for Jeremy Marcin.

After missing a state qualifying time in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly by 0.03 second at last year’s CIF-Southern Section finals in Riverside, the Westlake High junior clocked an All- American time of 48.99 seconds on May 12 to claim silver in the Division 2 race and punch his ticket to the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.

TRIBE CALLED QUEST—Westlake swimmers fared well at the CIF-SS Division 2 meet last weekend. Courtesy of Kathy Clarke

TRIBE CALLED QUEST—Westlake swimmers fared well at the CIF-SS Division 2 meet last weekend. Courtesy of Kathy Clarke

“I was feeling pumped and loose,” Marcin said of CIF finals. “It was very exciting for me, especially breaking the 50-second mark in the 100 fly.”

Marcin, a three-time section competitor, also qualified for state in the 50 freestyle (21.47).

“In the end, it all paid off,” Marcin said. “With a few tweaks, I feel like I can improve my time even more.”

SUPER FLY—Westlake’s Jeremy Marcin swims the boys’ 100-yard butterfly in an All-American time of 48.99 seconds at sectionfinals. Courtesy of Cooper Fuchs

SUPER FLY—Westlake’s Jeremy Marcin swims the boys’ 100-yard butterfly in an All-American time of 48.99 seconds at sectionfinals. Courtesy of Cooper Fuchs

Westlake teammate Arielle Hayon, a freshman, qualified for state as an alternate in the girls’ 100 butterfly in 57.20.

The Warriors weren’t the only swimmers from Acorn country having a blast at last week’s Southern Section meet:

PATRIOTS SET THE PACE

For the ninth time in 10 years, Viewpoint’s boys’ swim team nabbed a top-five finish at CIF finals.

Thomas Finello, a senior bound for USC, powered the Patriots to a fifth-place finish in Division 3 by claiming gold medals in the 50 (20.43) and 100 freestyles (45.09).

Head coach Greg Bisheff said Finello was determined to capture gold.

“Thomas had his sights set on winning after finishing second last year to (Sierra Canyon’s) Nate Biondi,” Bisheff said of the 50 freestyle. “He had a different look in his eyes from the beginning. You could see the work he put in.”

Finello, who qualified for the state meet in both of his individual events, also helped the Patriots’ 200 freestyle relay team, which features his twin brother, Vincent, and sophomores Tariq Stack and Andres Concha, qualify for the state meet with a first-place finish (1:26.41).

Vincent Finello qualified for the state meet as an alternate with school records in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

Ethan Schreier, a freshman, placed 17th in the 100 backstroke (56.88). Schreier teamed up with Sekander Ali, Thomas Finello and Stack to place seventh in the 400 freestyle relay.

Stack, who competed in the 100 and 200 freestyle, and Concha, who won the 50 freestyle consolation finals in 22 seconds, are the future of the program.

“I think it motivates them to follow in the Finello footsteps and create their own mark on the team,” Bisheff said.

Also in Division 3, La Reina’s lone representative, Bridget Aamoth, a senior, swam the 200 freestyle in 2:00.79 and the 500 freestyle in 5:24.17.

SHORTENS SET THE RECORD(S) STRAIGHT

Siblings Reid and Ellie Shorten swam their best when it mattered most.

Reid Shorten, an Agoura junior, set the boys’ 200 freestyle school record (1:44.24) during the Division 2 prelims before placing 16th at finals (1:44.46). He also finished 16th in the 100 freestyle (47.79) and 17th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.49) with teammates Mitchell Brachmann, Vuk Budrak and Josh Waldoch.

Ellie Shorten, Reid’s sister, broke her own 200 freestyle school record. The freshman clocked a 1:52.62 to take eighth at her first CIF meet.

Ellie Shorten, who placed 11th with another school record in the 100 freestyle (52.57), said she enjoyed sharing the CIF stage with her brother.

“He’s one of my best friends,” she said. “He’s always there for me before my races, and I’m always there before his. We’re cheering for each other every second when we’re in the pool.”

Ellie Shorten qualified for the state meet in both events, but she said her club coaches encouraged her to skip state for a club meet.

“It’s not as big as state, but it’s my freshman year,” Shorten said. “I’m planning on going (to state) next year.”

ACORN SWIMMERS RULE THE POOL

Marmonte League swimmers swarmed the waters at last weekend’s Division 2 finals.

Jason Lu, a Newbury Park senior, placed seventh in the 200 IM (1:53.85) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (51.29).

Owen Grimaldi, a Thousand Oaks freshman, placed 18th in the 500 freestyle (4:46.16) in his first CIF meet.

Grimaldi, Garret Gallagher, Josh Magpantay and Cooper Runnells joined forces in the 400 freestyle relay to qualify for state as alternates in 3:13.16.

At the Marmonte finals on May 3, Grimaldi broke the school’s 200 freestyle record previously held by his older brother, Zach.

“He was really stoked,” Owen said of his brother’s reaction. “Most people expect him to be upset by me breaking his record so early, but he was really happy. He was rooting for me to break it.”

Lancer girls Lotte Bezemer, Irene Li, Alyssa Stovall and Carolyn Corley placed 16th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:41.29).

Westlake’s girls’ squad was a force.

The Warrior 200 medley relay team of Grace Given, Reyna James, Arielle Hayon and Sarah Clarke finished second in the consolation final (1:50.46).

Westlake’s 400 freestyle relay team of Hayon, James, Clarke and Melanie Zhang won the consolation final in 3:35.03.

Hayon took eighth in the 50 freestyle (24.48). Clarke, a senior, competed in the 50 freestyle (24.82) and 100 freestyle (54.57). James, a sophomore, clocked a time of 1:08.55 in the 100 breaststroke.

Oaks Christian’s Ethan Jones, Sean Simpkins, Brooks Kastor and Nick Sinopoli placed 17th in the boys’ 200 medley relay.

Adrian Weinberg, Jason Zhang, Nikola Ilic and Sinopoli finished 12th in the 200 freestyle relay for the Lions.

Ilic also placed 17th in the 100 freestyle (48.10) while Jones finished 17th in the 200 IM (2:01.95).

Acorn stars dominate CIF

Local swimmers
represented Acorn country at
last weekend’s CIF-Southern
Sectionfinals meet in
Riverside. Numerous athletes
set school records. Here’s a
list of swimmers advancing
to this weekend’s CIF State
Swimming and Diving
Championships in Clovis:
Automatic qualifiers
Jeremy Marcin, Westlake,
50 freestyle and 100 butterfly
Ellie Shorten, Agoura, 100
and 200 freestyle
Thomas Finello, Viewpoint,
50 freestyle and 100 freestyle
Thomas Finello, Vincent
Finello, Tariq Stack and
Andres Concha, Viewpoint,
200 freestyle relay
Alternates
Arielle Hayon, Westlake,
100 butterfly
Vincent Finello, Viewpoint,
200 IM and 100 backstroke
Owen Grimaldi, Garret
Gallagher, Josh Magpantay
and Cooper Runnells,
Thousand Oaks, 400 freestyle
relay