Sonoma swimmers end season at SCL championships
Sonoma’s Sebastian Amara launches himself into the Santa Rosa Swim Center at the Ridgway Pool during Friday’s SCL swim championship trials.
The young Sonoma Valley High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams – directed by head coach Cynthia Leonard and assistant coach Natalie Petroni – ended their season with eighth-place finishes in Saturday’s Sonoma County League championships at the Santa Rosa Swim Center at the Ridgway Pool.
Both the deep and talented Windsor squads won both the SCL boys’ and girls’ titles.
Rounding out the girls’ standings were Analy, Casa Grande, Healdsburg, Petaluma, El Molino, St. Helena, Sonoma, St. Vincent’s, and Clearlake/Kelseyville.
The boys’ standings were rounded out by Casa Grande, Analy, Healdsburg, Petaluma, St. Helena, Clearlake/Kelseyville, Sonoma and El Molino.
In the SCL girls’ meet, the Lady Dragons were paced by junior Chloe Hubbard’s 100-yard butterfly fourth-place finish in 1 minute, 9.29 seconds; junior Ghitta Ferrara’s 500 freestyle seventh in 6:17.30 and 100 backstroke ninth in 1:14.87; the seventh-place 400 free relay team of sophomores Caroline Knef and Alexandra Kasper, and freshmen Jazmine Ortiz and Abigail Van Kirk in 5:31.34; the eighth-place 200 free relay team of Ferrara, Hubbard, sophomore Marissa Balchinas and frosh Madeline Cline in 2:00.31; the 200 medley relay team of sophomores Jamie Ballard and Allison Cogbill, and frosh Maria Hawing and Leigh Jensen in 2:32.37; and frosh Gina Peil’s and sophomore Leanne Woods’ 50 frees in 31.46 and 32.80, respectively.
Pacing the Dragons in the SCL boys meet were sophomore Chase Campion’s 500 free fifth-place finish in 6:21.50 and 200 free 12th in 2:20.36; the seventh-place 200 medley relay team of Campion, sophomore’s Sebastian Amara and Ryan Barmore, and frosh Matthew Leonard in 2:09.56; the eighth-place 200 free relay team of Amara, Leonard, sophomore Wyatt Casella and frosh Trey Garcia in 1:57.65; and Amara’s 100 back 10th in 1:14.26.