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Hawks Dominate early. Keep eye on conference and state prize

Hawks Dominate early. Keep eye on conference and state prize
Midway through the season, the Las Positas men's and women's swimming teams are setting the stage for four-peats in the Coast Conference championships next month.
 
Impressively, the Hawks’ men and women have won the past three consecutive conference titles. They have earned seven championships combined in the past five years. At the Coast Conference Kickoff meet Feb. 16, LPC took first place decisively in the men's and women's meets, showing talent and depth under head coach Jason Craighead. In a massive show of force, the Hawks' men had 627.5 points and the LPC women amassed 603.5 in the Kickoff event.
 
“It is an early season meet and teams are still coming together,” Craighead said. “Not all athletes are present, teams are still getting athletes cleared for competition, and there are always surprises. I take nothing for granted. I think the men’s side will be a lot closer this year, and definitely closer than these scores indicate. West Valley men are sleepers, I can see them stepping up.” Craighead says maintaining a championship-caliber team is “always a challenge” at the community college level.
 
“Athletes who attend four-year universities have four seasons of eligibility,” he says. “As part of our plan, our entire coaching staff works very hard to create a positive and unique experience, as well as stay connected within the community.” With the conference and CCCAA State Championships looming off in the distance, Las Positas plans to make a strong showing at home for Hawk Invitational, March 23-24. “It is always an advantage to compete in your home pool, and we are going to take the opportunity to try to get some fast times to use for the State Championships,” Craighead said.
 
SWIM AND DIVE DUALS
The Hawks have sharpened their skills against some of the state’s top teams in their first few dual meets, Sierra, Diablo Valley and Santa Rosa. Here are the scores:
Men: LPC 31, Sierra 74: LPC 48, SRJC 47; LPC 30, DVC 56
Women: LPC 22, SRJC 82; LPC 28, Sierra 77.
 
EARLY SEASON STANDOUTS
Women: Amaya Batiza, sophomore: She has picked up right where she left off. Batiza is undefeated in Northern California and is ranked 2nd in the state for the 1650 free. She is also ranked 10th in the 500 free in the state.
Men: Ryan Eckles, sophomore: He has had a great offseason, training hard, and the hard work has paid off. Eckles is undefeated in conference competition in the 50 free and 100 free and is ranked 6th in the state in the 50 and 13th in the 100 free.
 
ADDITIONAL LPC STATE RANKINGS
Women: 200 medley relay: 8th; 200 free relay: 5th; 400 medley relay: 9th; 400 free relay: 6th
Gabriela Perez Del Rio: 50 free – 13th, 200 back – 7th, 100 fly – 14th.
Brooke Spring: 100 breast – 9th, 200 breast – 12th.
Mackenzie Bammer: 100 breast – 11th.
Hannah Tsui: 100 breast – 15th, 200 breast – 6th.
Negin Tehranian-Torgabeth: 400IM – 13th.
 
Men: 200 free relay: 6th; 400 free relay: 10th; 200 medley relay: 8th.
Andrew Doss, 1650 free – 14th.
Lawrence Li, 100 back – 13th, 200 back – 11th.
Addison McLaggin, 100 breast – 14th.
 
COAST CONFERENCE KICKOFF SCORES
Women (top 3): 1. Las Positas 603.5; 2. City College of San Francisco 388; 3. West Valley 236.
Men (top 3): 1. Las Positas 627.5; 2. West Valley 526; 3. Chabot 202.
 
REMAINING SCHEDULE
March 16: San Mateo Invite
March 23-24: Hawk Invite
April 6: ARC Pentathlon
April 14: NorCal Diving
April 19-21: Coast Conference
May 3-5: CCCAA State Championships.