Sonoma swim, track teams wrap-up dual-meet schedules
Sonoma’s Ghitta Ferrara (left) pulls ahead in swimming the opening backstroke leg for the Lady Dragons’ 200-yard medley relay team, which won the event, but were edged in Wednesday’s dual-meet with visiting St. Helena at the Valley’s Agua Caliente Aquatic Center.
In their Sonoma County League dual-season finales on Wednesday, the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ and girls’ swim and track teams turned in solid efforts, which ended with mixed results in home and road meets, respectively.
At Agua Caliente Aquatic Center’s pool, the Sonoma swim squads were swept by visiting St. Helena, with the Lady Dragons being edged 72-66, while the Dragon boys were topped 74-46.
Leading the Sonoma boys were the first-place 200-yard medley relay team of Sebastian Amara, Trey Garcia, Chase Campion and Robert Woodworth in 2 minutes, 12.50 seconds; Campion’s 200 and 500 freestyle firsts in 2:21.02 and 6:21.94, respectively; the second-place 200 free relay team of Campion, Amara, Woodworth and Wyatt Casella in 1:57.68; Amara’s 100 free and 100 breast-stroke seconds in 1:01.78 and 1:20.86, respectively; Woodworth’s 50 free second in 27.21; Casella’s 50 free third in 29.96; and Garcia’s 100 breast third in 1:31.12.
The Lady Dragons were led by the victorious 200 medley relay team of Ghitta Ferrara, Marissa Balchinas, Chloe Hubbard and Madeline Cline in 2:18.01; Ferrara’s 100 backstroke first-place in 1:14.20 and 200 free second in 2:22.26; Hubbard’s 100 butterfly first in 1:10.17 and 100 breast second in 1:27.6; Allison Cogbill’s 50 free first in 31.05; Jamie Ballard’s 500 free first in 7:21.36; the second-place 200 free relay team of Ferrara, Cline, Cogbill and Hubbard in 1:59.03; Cline’s 100 free second in 1:10.28 and 200 free third in 2:37.55; Leanne Woods’ 50 free second in 33.23; and Leigh Jensen’s 100 free and 100 back thirds in 1:17.54 and 1:28.40, respectively.
Next up for Sonoma’s swim teams, directed by head coach Cynthia Leonard and assistant coach Natalie Petroni, are the SCL championships at the Santa Rosa Swim Center at the Ridgway Pool, with the trials taking place Friday, May 13, and the finals are set for Saturday, May 14.
Sonoma’s varsity track and field teams wrapped up their dual-season schedule at El Molino in Forestville, with the final results not available at presstime. They will appear next week in the I-T.
The Sonoma track and field squads will next compete in the SCL championships, which take place at Windsor, with the varsity trials and junior varsity finals slated for Thursday, May 12, and the varsity finals scheduled for Saturday, May 14.