Sonoma swim boys, girls split duals with St. Vincent’s; Dragon golf boys hosting pair
Freshmen Madeline Cline breaks the water for her butterfly leg of Sonoma’s 200-yard medley relay race during the Lady Dragons’ recent SCL dual-meet loss to Healdsburg at the Valley’s Agua Caliente Aquatic Center.
On the heels of last Thursday’s big storm, Sonoma Valley High School’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams journeyed to Petaluma in the afternoon and split their Sonoma County League dual-meet with St. Vincent’s.
For the Sonoma boys, it was just a matter of getting into the pool and swimming their events for them to register a 58-15 win over a St. Vincent’s team that had only two swimmers for the dual.
Leading the Dragons were junior Victor Virgen’s 50-meter freestyle and 100 breast-stroke first-place finishes in 26.72 seconds and 1 minute, 25.13 seconds, respectively; the first-place 200 medley relay team of Virgen, sophomores Sebastian Amara and Wyatt Casella, and freshman Trey Garcia in 2:22.32; the first-place 200 free relay team of Virgen, Casella, sophomore Mason Arrington and frosh Matthew Leonard in 2:00.05; Amara’s 500 free first in 6:59.48; Leonard’s 100 backstroke first in 1:31.45; Arrington’s 100 backstroke second in 1:45.32; Garcia’s 100 breast second in 1:46.20; and Casella’s 50 and 100 free thirds in 29.36 and 1:16.85, respectively.
Competing with an incomplete lineup, including the absence of junior standout Ghitta Ferrara, the visiting Sonoma girls won seven events, but, lacking team depth, dropped a 72-52 decision to St. Vincent’s.
Pacing the young Lady Dragons were the winning 200 medley relay team of junior Chloe Hubbard, sophomore Marissa Balchinas and freshmen Madeline Cline and Leigh Jensen in 2:23.20; the victorious 200 free relay team of Balchinas, Cline, Hubbard and sophomore Jamie Ballard in 2:06.86; Balchinas’ 100 breast first-place in 1:30.84; Ballard’s 50 and 100 free firsts in 31.64 and 1:12.13, respectively; Cline’s 500 free first in 7:00.78; and Hubbard’s 100 butterfly first in 1:10.95 and 200 individual medley seconds in 2:39.27.
Sonoma’s swim squads don’t return to SCL action until Thursday, April 7, when they face El Molino in Forestville.
Sonoma’s golf boys will host SCL foes Casa Grande – rescheduled after a rainout – and El Molino tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31, respectively, at the Sonoma Golf Club.