In the spring sport of swimming, the Sonoma County League practically doubles in size team-wise, with five smaller North Central League schools joining the established six-school SCL, and making for a challenging dual-meet season, which ended with Friday afternoon’s highly competitive championship finals.
At the Santa Rosa Swim Center at the Ridgway Pool, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity boys and girls’ swim teams battled their 10 league foes and finished the SCL championships in fourth- and eighth-places, respectively.
In the SCL boys meet, Analy’s score of 224 won the title, followed in order by Technology High’s 218; St. Helena’s 186; Sonoma’s 126; Petaluma’s 109; Healdsburg’s 102; Piner’s 97; Clear Lake-Kelseyville’s 69; Calistoga’s 55; St. Vincent’s (Petaluma) 42; and El Molino’s 16,
Winning the SCL girls meet were Analy’s 354 winning the title, followed in order by Petaluma’s 161; Healdsburg’s 150; El Molino’s 148; Clear Lake-Kelseyville’s 119.5; Tech High’s 91; St. Helena’s 78; Sonoma’s 63; Calistoga’s 31; Piner’s 26; and St. Vincent’s (Petaluma) 7.
Comprising Sonoma’s boys and girls’ squads, coached by Lisa Ran and Flynn O’Brien, are seniors Maria Hawing and Gina Peil; juniors Andre Alcantar, Adam Curry, Amanda Gillion, Raegen Hedley and Rick Taggesell; sophomores Natalie Baker, Joey Dukes, Annie Greenslade, Cian Lacy, Jack Lewis, Jacob Paine, Amanda Ramponi, Max Sheppard and Nathalie Vega; and freshmen Brandon Barmore, Jasmine Johnstone, Briana Lehane, Jackson Mighell, Brenda Ramos, Cameron Taggesell and Noah White.
Pacing the Dragon boys with top-eight finishes were the fourth-place 400-yard medley relay team of Sheppard, Lewis, Lacy and Curry in 1 minute, 59.85 seconds; the fourth-place 400 relay team of Lacy, Curry, Paine and Rick Taggesell in 4:00.78; Sheppard’s 100 backstroke fourth in 1:08.57; Rick Taggesell’s 200 freestyle fifth in 2:11.71; Lacy’s 50 free fifth in 25.26; the sixth-place 200 free relay team of Sheppard, Mighell, Paine and Rick Taggesell in 1:50.22; Curry’s 500 free sixth in 6:04.38 and 50 free eighth in 25.99; Lewis’ 500 free eighth in 6:10.77; and Lewis’ 100 breast-stroke eighth in 1:13.74.
The Lady Dragons were paced by Peil’s 100 free fifth in 1:07.90 and 50 free eighth in 28.55; the seventh-place 200 medley relay team of Greenslade, Gillion, Peil and Cameron Taggesell in 2:22.84; the seventh-place 200 free relay team of Greenslade, Ramponi, Johnstone and Lehane in 2:16.01; Gillion’s 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly eighths in 2:40.51 and 1:13.70, respectively; and Lehane’s 500 free eighth in 7:07.90.