Sonoma swim squads sweep El Mo
Dragon boy golfers fall to Analy at SRCC, 4-match homestand at SGC starts today
Launching into the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool to begin the girls’ 100-yard freestyle are Sonoma’s Gina Peil (left, lane-2) and Allison Cogbill (third from left, lane-4) during Friday’s SCL dual-meets. Cogbill and Peil finished in second- and third-place, respectively, behind teammate Caroline Knef (not pictured in lane-6), who ended up winning the event as the Lady Dragons beat El Molino. The Sonoma boy swimmers also defeated the visiting Lions.
So far, the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams, under the direction of head coach Lisa Ran and assistant coach Owen Hardisty, are navigating the early season Sonoma County League waters on a promising course which they hope will continue to provide successful SCL results.
In the wake of sweeping Piner and splitting with Petaluma, the Sonoma swim squads hosted El Molino Friday afternoon at the Sonoma Aquatic Center pool and came up with another SCL dual-sweeping performance.
While the Lady Dragons broke open a tight meet with a one-two-three finish in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle event en route to beating El Molino 96-73, the Sonoma boys took the early lead and never looked back in posting a 91-47 victory over the visiting Lions.
Leading the Dragon boy swimmers were the triumphant 200-yard medley relay team of senior Arthur Morgan, sophomore Adam Curry and freshmen Max Shepard and Jack Lewis in 2 minutes 11.25 seconds; the winning 200 freestyle relay team of Lewis, seniors Sebastian Amara and Chase Campion, and frosh Cian Lacy in 1:53.66; and the victorious 400 free relay team of Campion, Curry, Morgan and Amara in 4:07.25.
Sonom was also led by Campion’s 200 free and 100 butterfly first-place finishes in 2:01.38 and 1:08.36, respectively; Morgan’s 50 and 500 free firsts in 26.92 and 6:30.87, respectively; Amara’s 100 backstroke first in 1:12.32 and 200 individual medley (IM) second in 2:39.79; Curry’s 100 free first in 1:04.48 and 50 free second in 28.05; Lewis’ 500 free and 100 breast stroke seconds in 7:33.65 and 1:20.90, respectively; Lacy’s 200 IM third in 3:07.39; Shepard’s 200 free third in 2:56.03; and sophomore Rowan Todd’s 100 free third in 1:21.31.
Leading the Lady Dragons were the triumphant 200 free relay team of seniors Allison Cogbill and Caroline Knef, and juniors Maria Hawing and Gina Peil in 2:07.48; Cogbill’s 50 free first-place in 29.91 and 100 free second in 1:12.98; junior Madeline Cline’s 200 IM first in 2:45.64 and 500 free second in 7:02.20; Kneff’s 100 free first in 1:11.90 and 200 free third in 2:42.84; sophomore Amanda Gillion’s 200 IM and 100 fly seconds in 2:51.15 and 1:18.99, respectively; sophomore Ella Mighell’s 100 breast second in 1:27.48; frosh Mariela Mendoza’s 100 back second in 1:27.48 and 500 free third in 7:36.13; Hawing’s 50 free and 100 fly thirds in 32.02 and 1:39.72, respectively; senior Leanne Woods’ 100 breast third in 1:40.64; and Peil’s 100 free third in 1:14.07.
Sonoma’s boy golfers battled SCL rival Analy at the Santa Rosa Country Club course last Thursday, and, on the heels of being dealt a heartbreaking, four-stroke league-opening loss to El Molino, they ended up dropping a 217-237 decision.
Pacing the Dragons were sophomore Christian Ballard’s nine-hole-round score of 42, junior Dario Minatta’s 47, senior Justin Crockett’s 48, sophomore Cyle Gusse’s 49 and sophomore Brett Sullivan’s 51.
The Dragon boys begin a 3:30 p.m. four-match homestand at the Sonoma Golf Club by hosting longtime SCL rival Healdsburg today, followed by a dual with visiting new league school Piner this Thursday, March 14.
Sonoma’s golfers then host tough nonleague foe Ukiah on Thursday, March 21, before facing another visiting new SCL school, Elsie Allen, on Tuesday, March 26.